118 Falcon Road, Box 2278
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P7
President: Nicole Spencer
Vice President: Dana L Martin

Charitable Reg. #:88610 0791 RR0001


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

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Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 65 cents are available for programs.

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Founded in 1988 and based in Yellowknife NT, Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NWT SPCA) works to improve the quality of life for all pets in the North. The charity runs a 3200-square foot shelter that can hold 40 dogs and 10 cats at a time. The shelter opened in October 2012. Other programs include a Community Spay and Neuter program, a Northern Community Pet Food and Supplies program, the Northern Dog Transfer Network, a Foster program and a Community Vaccination Clinic.

In 2016/17, NWT SPCA’s shelter took in 659 animals – 555 dogs, 97 cats, four rabbits, two ferrets, and one finch. Most animals came from North Slave or Dehcho, but other areas of intake were South Slave, Nunavut, Beaufort Delta, Yellowknife, Sahtu and births from sheltered animals. The shelter found homes for 240 animals during the year and an additional 73 were adopted out of the Territory. Its Northern Dog Transfer Network transferred 313 animals to southern animal rescue organizations.

Ci found more program information in the charity’s 2015/16 annual report; the report states that the Community Spay and Neuter performed 36 procedures during the year, while the Community Vaccination clinic saw 74 clients. Between vaccination clinics and in-shelter vaccinations, NWT SPCA vaccinated 416 animals during the year. The charity also reported 20 approved and 10 active foster families in its Foster program. With its Northern Community Pet Food and Supplies program, NWT SPCA reports sending thousands of pounds of food to communities in need every year.

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Ci received incomplete, unaudited financial statements from the CRA after making a formal request for the charity’s audited financial statements with accompanying notes.

NWT SPCA is a micro-cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $295k in F2016. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues and fundraising costs are 31% of donations and special events. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.65 goes towards its programs, which falls just within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci notes that the charity’s T3010 CRA filing reports administrative costs of $222k and fundraising costs of $101k, which would mean that for every dollar donated, $0.12 goes to its programs. 

The charity’s reserves of $147k consist only of cash and can cover only 49% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by NWT SPCA. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 6, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.6%2.6%3.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 31.2%17.8%22.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 49.3%69.1%13.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 177,713269,587162,496
Government funding 02,4292,500
Fees for service 92,92790,36869,525
Business activities (net) 23,30511,33510,356
Special events 117,64199,424105,381
Investment income 17710
Other income 3081,457220
Total revenues 411,911474,671350,478
Program costs 297,882252,488324,499
Grants 1,0001,500500
Administrative costs 14,84612,38211,531
Fundraising costs 92,25765,77660,105
Other costs 022,757(77,601)
Cash flow from operations 5,926119,76831,444
Funding reserves 147,492175,58343,409

Note: Ci reported calendar revenues and merchandise sales net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $9k in F2016, $5k in F2015 and $9k in F2014. Ci allocated individual line items into revenue and expense buckets as deemed appropriate, but recognizes that allocations differ substantially from figures reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filings. Other costs consist of one-time interest expense on long-term debt related to land of $22k in F2015, a one-time bad debts expense of $1k, and a one-time contra-expense called GSAH discount of ($78k) in F2014. Ci included recurring EI, CPP and WSCC expenses and gifts costs in program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3

Avg. Compensation: $17,028

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 F2016

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