Dying with Dignity Canada

802-55 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4P 1G8
CEO: Shanaaz Gokool
Board Chair: James Cowan

Charitable Reg. #:11889 0086 RR0001


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



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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) 93 cents are available for programs.

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About Dying with Dignity Canada :

Founded in 1982, Dying with Dignity (DWD) seeks to improve individuals' quality of dying, protect end-of-life rights, and help Canadians avoid unwanted suffering. Its mandate has four components:  it educates people about end-of-life options,  defends human rights by advocating for assisted dying rules,  supports individuals at the end of their lives, and  provides support to healthcare practitioners who assess for and provide medical assistance in dying (MAID). DWD provides 4 programs: Access, Eligibility, Support, and Education.

In F2018, 28% of program expenditures went to DWD’s Access program. This program ensures that Canadians have fair access to assisted dying in accordance with the Constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. DWD reports that a significant barrier to access is the practice of forced transfers for assisted dying. This is when a healthcare facility requires a person who requests assisted death to go off-site to receive (or be assessed for) MAID. In F2018, DWD reports that over 750 pages of public documents were obtained through Freedom of Information requests on forced transfers for assisted dying. In addition, over 10,000 supporter emails were sent calling for an end to forced transfers for assisted dying.

In F2018, 26% of program expenditures went to DWD’s Eligibility program. This program works to ensure that Canada’s assisted dying laws complies with the Constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In F2018, DWD reports that over 7,000 people signed its online petition on advance requests for assisted dying and that DWD participated in 2 court challenges to Bill C-14 (the bill on assisted dying rules).

In F2018, 23% of program expenditures went to DWD’s Support program. This program provides information and emotional support to people navigating end-of-life options. In F2018, DWD reports that over 1,000 new inquiries were handled by its Personal Support Program and that DWD facilitated 9 clinician-led case-sharing webinars.

In F2018, 23% of program expenditures went to DWD’s Education program. This program informs people on advance care planning, patient rights, and their legal end-of-life options. In F2018, DWD reports that over 1,600 people attended one of its End in Mind webinars.

DONOR NOTE: On January 1, 2018 the CRA re-instated the charitable status of Dying with Dignity. Its status was annulled on March 9, 2015 due to the CRA changing its mind on DWD’s charitable purpose not meeting the definition of charitable education; however, this decision has been reversed.

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Dying With Dignity is a medium-sized charity, with donations of $5.6m in F2018. Included in the F2018 donations was the first installment of a $7m legacy gift, explaining the large increase in donations from F2017 to F2018. Its administrative costs are 5% of revenues (excluding investment income), and its fundraising costs are 2% of donations. For every dollar donated, 93 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

The charity has funding reserves of $5.0m. This results in a program cost coverage of 557%, meaning that funding reserves can cover 5.6 years of its annual program costs. 

The charity reports wages and benefits expense of $605k in F2018, but since this charity has recently regained its charitable status, the salary information is not disclosed in its T3010 CRA filing. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Dying With Dignity Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 9, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.9%29.6%18.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.0%17.2%11.7%
Total overhead spending 6.9%46.8%30.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 556.8%81.8%97.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,634732707
Goods in kind 9912733
Investment income 4637
Other income 81413
Total revenues 5,787877760
Program costs 891555527
Administrative costs 281259141
Fundraising costs 11112682
Total spending 1,283940750
Cash flow from operations 4,504(63)9
Capital spending 700
Funding reserves 4,961454516

Note: While Ci typically removes unrealized gains from investment income, unrealized gains were not separately disclosed on DWD’s audited financial statements, and thus are included in investment income.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 0

Avg. Compensation: $0

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Dying With Dignity is committed to financial transparency and best practices in program tracking and measurement.  We encourage potential donors to visit the social results reporting section of our website for more information about our goals, our programs and our accomplishments. Potential donors are encouraged to contact our Treasurer, Fundraising Committee Chair or Executive Director by email or at 1.800.495.6156  to discuss their areas of interest and receive any further information they require.

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