Canuck Place Children's Hospice

1690 Matthews Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2
CEO: Margaret McNeil
Board Chair: Mark Myles

Charitable Reg. #:13386 7523 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 41 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. It states that it is BC’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider under the Child Health BC Tiers of Service Framework, and is also the pediatric palliative care consult team for BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital. CPCH operates two hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford and follows a family-centered 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.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s in-patient palliative care program (the Canuck Place program) cares for children between 0 and 19 years old. Referrals to Canuck Place can be made by doctors, nurses, social workers, neighbors, or friends and family. Canuck Place is free for families – the cost of care ($2,033 per night) is covered by provincial government funding and Canadian donors’ support.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice's first location, Glen Brae Manor, is in Vancouver. In 1995, the City of Vancouver agreed to lease the 16,000 square foot home to CPCH for $1 per year for 50 years. It has nine beds and four family suites, offering 24/7 in-patient care to kids and families. The charity’s second location, Dave Lede House, is in Abbotsford. It opened in 2014 as an out-patient center – it is located beside Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Center. In May 2018, four beds and four family suites were added to the House to meet a growing need for in-patient care. The location assumed full, 24/7 operations in April 2019.

In F2019, CPCH provided in-patient care for 765 children and families, including 133 new children. The most common diagnostic category for children in the program (28%) was central nervous system conditions. CPCH’s in-patient program provided 2,552 patient bed days (up 19% from F2018) and had 1,179 overnight stays in family suites. Its clinical team made 1,569 calls to families and doctors (up 50% from F2018). As part of out-patient care services, CPCH made 2,299 consults in-home, in-hospital, or through its 24-hour care line (up 33% from F2018). CPCH also ran 1,513 counselling sessions, 531 music therapy sessions, and 249 group recreation therapy sessions during the year.

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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. Although the operating charity’s F2019 audited financials were available at the time of this profile update, the Foundation’s F2019 T3010 filing was not. As such, Ci has only presented financial information as recent as F2018.  

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is a large charity that received just under $7.0m in donations in F2018. Government funding of just under $6.0m represents 44% of total revenue. The charity’s audited financials show that the charity recognized $3.5m in deferred contributions received in prior years. This affects overall cash donations received in F2018, but because the audited financials do not report deferred donations separate from deferred government contributions, no adjustment was made in Ci’s analysis.

Administrative costs are 17% of revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 42% of donations. Per dollar donated, 41 cents go to the cause, which is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filings for administrative and fundraising costs, as the audited financials do not disclose the breakdown of common costs such as salaries to program, administrative, and fundraising activities.

Funding reserves of $16.6m can cover annual program costs at the F2018 level for 2.3 years.

CPCH reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities in its most recent F2018 T3010 CRA filing. It reported paying external fundraisers $461k ($83k in F2017) but does 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 August 26, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.9%16.0%11.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 42.2%34.0%39.1%
Total overhead spending 59.1%50.1%50.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 233.7%289.4%255.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,9877,0916,646
Government funding 5,9695,2695,020
Business activities (net) 232220
Investment income 497835123
Total revenues 13,47613,21711,809
Program costs 7,1106,6496,490
Administrative costs 2,1951,9861,364
Fundraising costs 2,9512,4132,595
Other costs 1113172
Total spending 12,36611,07910,521
Cash flow from operations 1,1102,1391,288
Capital spending 182112524
Funding reserves 16,61619,24416,566

Note: Ci consolidated Canucks Place Children’s Hospice with its associated Foundation and excluded interfund transfers in its analysis, reducing total revenue and expenses by $215k in F2018, $1.3m in F2017, and $1.1m in F2016. Financial information for the Foundation was obtained from T3010 CRA filings. Ci adjusted for changes in deferred contributions in donations and did not include amortization of deferred capital contributions in revenue, affecting total revenue by ($4.0m) in F2018, ($94k) in F2017, and $2.8m in F2016. The charity’s audited financials do not break down salary expenses into fundraising, administrative and program cost buckets. Ci used the charity’s T3010 filings for fundraising and administrative costs. The Foundation’s expenses, excluding grants and other costs, are included in administrative costs. Amortization of capital assets has been backed out of the operating charity’s program, administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 51

Avg. Compensation: $85,606

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 F2018

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