Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

4120 Rideau Valley Drive North
Manotick, ON K4M 1B2
Founder: Jane Thornton
Board Chair: Edward Mann

Charitable Reg. #:10684 6819 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a two-star charity. This charity has low overhead spending. However, it has a low results reporting grade and high funding reserves that can cover over eight years of program costs. The charity is also not completely financially transparent because it does not provide statements for its Foundation. 

Founded in 1984, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) raises and trains guide dogs for Canadians who are visually impaired. The charity has a national training centre in Manotick, Ontario. It provides both trained guide dogs and mobility assistance dogs. In F2022, CGDB spent $1.7m on its programs.  

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind provides professionally trained guide dogs for visually impaired clients throughout Canada. It also provides mobility assistance dogs for people with movement-inhibiting disabilities within a 200 kilometre radius of Ottawa. To qualify for a guide dog, someone must be physically capable of walking a dog regularly. Clients can lease a dog for a symbolic payment of $1 and are responsible for its food and medical expenses. CGDB has a Veterinary Cost Assistance Fund that covers routine care. 

In F2022, CGDB introduced seven new litters of puppies into its training program. The charity reported that by January of 2021, it had trained over 900 guide dogs since its founding. This means that CGDB graduated an average of around 24 dogs per year from its training program. If the charity trained an average of 24 dogs in each of the past three years, it spent an average of $79k per dog. It also raised an average of $184k in donations per dog.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence found Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind reported many stories but no numeric results on its work. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of CGDB’s results and impact. This charity is not rated on impact (n/r). 

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Ci has consolidated CGDB with its foundation for financial analysis. As the foundation’s financial statements are not available at this time, Ci used its T3010 filing with the CRA to report its financials. In F2023, the charity sent $nil to the foundation. 

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind received $3.7m in Canadian donations and fundraising revenue in F2022. It received no government funding in F2022. It lost $330k in investment income during the year. This is a large decrease from the $1.1m made in investment income during F2021. 

Administrative costs are 5% of total revenue excluding investment income. Fundraising costs are 4% of donations and fundraising revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 9%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 91 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

CGDB has $15.1m in net reserve funds, including $318k in donor-endowed funds. The charity’s net funding reserves, excluding donor-endowed funds, can cover annual program costs for around eight years and 10 months.  

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

Updated on June 28, 2023 by Clive Stevens.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.3%3.4%3.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.5%2.8%3.7%
Total overhead spending 8.7%6.2%7.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 887.0%948.3%585.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,281,6975,161,9033,771,100
Goods in kind 1,9405,80413,878
Government funding 019,793227,433
Lotteries (net) 79,372105,86491,953
Business activities (net) 29,41828,40629,108
Special events 413,814340,168296,634
Investment income (330,163)1,086,679180,703
Other income 13,69954,18247,908
Total revenues 3,489,7776,802,7994,658,717
Program costs 1,687,6511,449,9041,518,045
Donated goods exp 1,9405,80413,878
Administrative costs 201,425193,256159,919
Fundraising costs 127,904154,048150,454
Total spending 2,018,9201,803,0121,842,296
Cash flow from operations 1,470,8574,999,7872,816,421
Capital spending 222,31791,744132,481
Funding reserves 15,147,18013,917,5009,103,158

Note: Ci included bequests in donations, affecting total revenues by $2.7m in F2022, $4.4m in F2021, and $3.3m in F2020. Ci included unrealized gains (losses) on investments in investment income, affecting total revenues by ($674k) in F2022, $885k in F2021, and ($13k) in F2020. Ci excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions and included deferred capital contributions, affecting total revenues by ($10k) in F2022, $29k in F2021, and $20k in F2020. Deferred capital contributions were included in other revenue because the financial statements do not specify the source of the contributions. Ci removed donations from the foundation to the operating charity, affecting revenues by ($50k) in F2022, $nil in F2021, and ($10k) in F2020. Endowment contributions are included in donations, affecting revenue by $4k in F2022, $4k in F2021, and $3k in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 17

Avg. compensation: $58,790

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 F2022

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