Canadian Council of the Blind

20 James Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON K2P 0T6
President: Louise Gillis
Vice President: Jim Tokos

Charitable Reg. #:11921 8899 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 44 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Council of the Blind:

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) was founded in 1944 by blind Canadian war veterans and schools of the blind. CCB works to improve the lives of people who are blind, deaf-blind, or have poor vision. The charity reports that 50,000 Canadians lose their vision each year and 75% of cases are treatable or preventable. CCB estimates that vision loss cost Canadians $32.9 billion in 2019. CCB’s national office in Ottawa works with 80 local chapters. Among other programs, CCB focuses on eye-care, technology support, health and fitness, education, advocacy, and accessibility.
Canadian Council of the Blind runs a Mobile Eye Clinics program that performs eye exams at schools, youth centres, and seniors’ homes. CCB reports almost 30% of children tested have undetected vision issues and 56% of seniors examined have one or more vision diseases or conditions.
CCB’s Get Together With Technology program provides technology training for people who are visually impaired. The program offers one-on-one support and monthly user group meetings.
CCB’s Health and Fitness program aims to educate and empower people who are blind or visually impaired to live an active and healthy lifestyle. CCB also advocates for accessibility and best practice eye-care services

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Canadian Council of the Blind has donations of $2.7m in F2020. The charity received $49k in government funding, representing 2% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 56%. For every dollar donated, 44 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Canadian Council of the Blind has been outside of this range since its first analysis in 2013.

Canadian Council of the Blind has $796k in funding reserves. The charity could cover 82% or around 10 months of annual program costs with current reserves.

In F2019 Canadian Council of the Blind paid external fundraisers $1.3m to collect $2.1m in donations. Meaning it costs Canadian Council of the Blind $0.61 to raise $1 using external fundraisers.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Council of the Blind for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 29, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.



Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.1%11.7%11.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 44.9%48.4%50.8%
Total overhead spending 56.0%60.2%62.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 82.4%54.5%57.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,718,1512,609,5642,590,162
Government funding 49,29240,05830,938
Fees for service 15,76015,72015,325
Business activities (net) 4806,9606,000
Investment income 2,9004,0483,393
Total revenues 2,786,5832,676,3502,645,818
Program costs 965,7761,035,2801,074,436
Administrative costs 310,121313,820309,799
Fundraising costs 1,220,5591,263,9341,314,924
Total spending 2,496,4562,613,0342,699,159
Cash flow from operations 290,12763,316(53,341)
Capital spending 4,9125,3834,341
Funding reserves 796,015564,534621,072

Note: Ci did not recognize amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenues by $8k in F2020, F2019, and F2018. Ci reported rental income gross of direct expenses in business activities. Canadian Council of the Blind does not report fundraising costs. In F2019 and F2018 Ci used the charity’s external fundraising costs as reported in its T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of programs and projects expenses, which are reported as program costs. The charity’s 2020 T3010 filing was not available at the time of this update. As a result, external fundraising costs could not be reported in fundraising costs. Ci allocated individual line items into fundraising costs as deemed appropriate. Ci reported Emergency Wage Subsidy as government funding in F2020. Ci also reported the forgivable portion of Canadian Emergency Business Account Funding as government funding and removed the amounts from donations in F2020. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA in F2019 and removed the amounts from donations. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 10

Avg. compensation: $51,595

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 F2019

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