Canuck Place Children's Hospice

1690 Matthews Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2
CEO: Tarnia Taverner
Board Chair: Bob Smart

Charitable Reg. #:13386 7523 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 49 cents are available for programs.

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About Canuck Place Children's Hospice:

Founded in 1995, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) was North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice. CPCH states that it is BC’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider under the Child Health BC Tiers of Service Framework. CPCH operates two hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford and follows a family-centred care philosophy. It provides medical respite, pain and symptom management, a 24-hour phone consultation service, art, music and recreation therapy, end-of-life care, and grief and bereavement counselling to children with progressive, life-threatening illness and their families.

CPCH’s in-patient palliative care program (the Canuck Place program) cares for children between 0 and 19 years old. Referrals to Canuck Place are made through BC Children's Hospital. Canuck Place is free for families – costs are covered by provincial government funding and Canadian donors.

Through the clinical care program, including counselling, CPCH helps families cope with challenging situations. The program takes a client-centred approach, respecting the child and family’s wishes. Counselling programs include one-on-one and family counselling, bereavement, support groups, camps, and music therapy.

In F2021, CPCH provided in-patient care for over 800 children and families. CPCH’s in-patient program provided 2,042 patient bed days and hosted 1,550 family members for overnight medical respite in F2021. Additionally, Canuck Place increased in-home patient care by 31% from F2020 to F2021. CPCH provided 2,604 counselling sessions (up 56% from F2020) and 520 music therapy sessions in F2021.

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Results and Impact

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice states that Canuck Place nurses and doctors provide a healing environment to ease suffering and manage symptoms, helping children live the best life possible.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Ci consolidated Canuck Place Children’s Hospice with Canuck’s Place Children’s Hospice Foundation using the Foundation’s T3010 CRA filings. While the operating charity’s F2021 audited financial statements were available at the time of this profile update, the Foundation’s F2021 T3010 filing was not. As such, Ci has only presented financial information as recent as F2020.

In F2020, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice received total donations of $9.9m. The charity also received government funding of $7.2m, representing 40% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 41% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 51%. For every dollar donated, 49 cents go to the cause, which is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

CPCH has $20.9m in funding reserves, which could cover 221% or two years and two months of annual program costs.

CPCH reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities in its most recent F2020 T3010 CRA filing. It reported paying external fundraisers $660k ($704k in F2019) but did not report how much the fundraisers collected.

This report is an update that has been sent to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.3%12.9%16.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 41.0%41.0%42.2%
Total overhead spending 51.3%53.8%59.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 220.6%249.1%233.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,9418,9946,987
Government funding 7,1796,9725,969
Business activities (net) 285623
Investment income 706639497
Total revenues 17,85416,66213,476
Program costs 9,4397,5987,110
Grants 5300
Administrative costs 1,7692,0642,195
Fundraising costs 4,0753,6842,951
Other costs 6410111
Total spending 15,97613,34712,366
Cash flow from operations 1,8783,3151,110
Capital spending 64492182
Funding reserves 20,94118,92516,616

Note: Ci consolidated Canuck Place Children’s Hospice with its associated Foundation and excluded interfund transfers in its analysis, decreasing total revenue by $1.2m in F2020, $323k in F2019, and $250k in F2018. Financial information for the Foundation was obtained from T3010 CRA filings. Ci reported fundraising and administrative costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 58

Avg. compensation: $84,447

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001