321 Chapel Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 7Z2
CEO: Nicole Hurtubise
Board Chair: David McInnes

Charitable Reg. #:11928 8934 RR0001


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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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About WaterAid Canada:

Founded in 1987, WaterAid Canada is one of seven WaterAid member branches that coordinate and fund operations for WaterAid’s country programs. WaterAid Canada’s mission is to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. Through partnerships with local, grassroots organizations, WaterAid Canada helps poor and marginalized people develop practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects to improve the community’s well-being. International WASH programs made up 93% of program costs in F2018, with Canadian public engagement activities accounting for the remaining 7%. WaterAid Canada contributes to WaterAid Global’s charitable work. 

Internationally, WaterAid Global is the leading global NGO federation focused exclusively on improving poor people’s access to safe water, improved hygiene, and sanitation in developing countries. WaterAid’s overarching goal is to provide safe water to everyone in the world by 2030. 

WaterAid breaks down its international programs into three major groups: safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. A reported 844 million, or 1 in 9, people around the world do not have clean water close to home, 2.3 billion do not have access to clean washrooms, and 289 thousand children under five die annually due to diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. In F2018, WaterAid Canada reached over 1.9 million people with safe water, helped 3 million people gain access to toilets, and helped 4.7 million people with hygiene promotion. The charity runs WASH programs in 31 countries across Central America, Asia, South Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa, and East Africa. 

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Results and Impact

WaterAid Canada cites a study conducted by the WHO in 2012 that concluded that every $1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $4 in increased productivity. 

Charity Intelligence gave WaterAid an impact rating of Good for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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WaterAid Canada is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $4.4m in F2018. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues and fundraising costs are 28% of donations and special events. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go towards the charity’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $3.9m can cover 55% of annual program costs. 

This profile is an update that was sent to WaterAid Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 24, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.0%1.7%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.2%25.6%49.7%
Total overhead spending 30.3%27.3%54.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 55.0%45.1%99.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,0453,0081,005
Government funding 2,3993,0591,478
Special events 391506482
Other income 1,8311,497292
Total revenues 8,6668,0713,257
Program costs - International 6,5376,5592,314
Program costs - Canada 512400324
Administrative costs 176135161
Fundraising costs 1,252900738
Total spending 8,4777,9943,537
Cash flow from operations 18977(280)
Capital spending 6933
Funding reserves 3,8743,1412,628

Note: Ci reported Wateraid UK donations of $1.8m in F2018, $1.5m in F2017, and $286k in F2016 and WaterAid America donations of $43k in F2018 in other revenue. Ci reported Walk for Water revenues in special events.  Ci did not adjust for changes in deferred contributions. Ci backed out amortization of $15k in F2018, $15k in F2017, and $17k in F2016 from administrative costs. Ci included HST recoverable of $22k in F2018, $28k in F2017 and $39k in F2016 in funding reserves. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 17

Avg. Compensation: $80,469

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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