Easter Seals Canada

40 Holly Street
Toronto, ON M4S 3C3
CEO: Dave Starrett
Board Chair: Rhonda Rubin

Charitable Reg. #:12903 1118 RR0001


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

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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) 41 cents are available for programs.

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About Easter Seals Canada:

Founded in 1922, Easter Seals Canada aims to enhance the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians living with disabilities. The charity notes that according to the Ontario Disability Employment Network, more than 5.3 million Canadians (16% of the population) are living with some form of disability. Easter Seals Canada and the 10 Easter Seals provincial organizations provide a wide range of programs and services to both children and adults with varying physical, intellectual, sensory and learning disabilities. Programs offered include financial assistance, summer camps, sport programs, job training and scholarships. Easter Seals Canada’s headquarters is in Toronto.

The national organization helps support numerous fundraising and awareness campaigns for the provincial Easter Seals organizations. New in 2016, Easter Seals Canada launched a national campaign called unstoppABLE which featured the accomplishments of three young people who grew up with support from Easter Seals. Other fundraising campaigns include Drop Zone, where brave individuals across Canada fundraise and rappel from downtown skyscrapers (raised over $1 million in 2016), and the Paper Egg campaign, which raised over $700,000 nationally from shoppers who purchased colourful Easter Seals paper eggs at the checkout for $2.

Easter Seals Canada also runs one program at the national level, the Access 2 card program. This is a partnership between Easter Seals and over 500 movie theatres, cultural attractions, entertainment venues and recreation facilities across Canada where people with a disability receive a free admission for their support person. In 2017, more than 12,000 membership cards were processed.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Easter Seals Canada a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Easter Seals Canada is a medium-sized charity with donations of $2.3m in F2017. This includes $1.9m from corporations (82% of total donations) such as Safeway Foods and Century 21, which was distributed to provincial Easter Seals organizations. Administrative costs are 15% of revenues and fundraising costs are 44% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.41 goes toward its programs and grants, which falls well outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $1.9m can cover less than 11 months of annual grants and program costs, indicating a need for donations.

This report is an update that has been sent to Easter Seals Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 27, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.0%13.8%15.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 44.4%34.5%32.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 88.5%87.1%67.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,325,2232,405,6212,504,248
Investment income 164,303(25,196)122,875
Other income 1,205,9831,189,4521,060,825
Total revenues 3,695,5093,569,8773,687,948
Program costs 202,251196,362206,258
Grants 1,916,8911,829,4022,113,316
Administrative costs 528,426494,323548,356
Fundraising costs 1,031,505830,986812,138
Cash flow from operations 16,436218,8047,880
Funding reserves 1,875,5601,764,9721,562,692

Note: Ci reported assessments revenue from provincial organizations and program funding as other revenue. Ci reported all of the Easter Seals Fundraising Committee costs as fundraising costs, which is similar to the amount recorded on the charity's T3010 CRA filing. Ci reported general expenses as administrative costs (excluding $1.6k for fundraising), which is similar to the amount recorded on the charity's T3010 CRA filing.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 8

Avg. Compensation: $91,411

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 F2017

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