2 Carlton Street, East Mezzanine
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
President & CEO: Anthony Wilson-Smith
Board Chair: Stephen Smith

Charitable Reg. #:88543 4720 RR0001


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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) 62 cents are available for programs.

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About Historica Canada:

In 2009, The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute merged to form The Historia-Dominion Institute, renamed Historica Canada in 2013. Historica Canada aims to increase awareness of Canadian history and citizenship through 6 programs: Indigenous Arts and Stories; the Citizenship Challenge; Encounters with Canada; Heritage Minutes; the Memory Project, and the Canadian Encyclopedia. The charity reports that its programs reached nearly 28 million Canadians last year.

Historica Canada’s Indigenous Arts and Stories program invites young First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists to present an aspect of their culture and heritage through literary and visual arts. A jury of Indigenous authors, artists, and community leaders select the winning submissions. Historica Canada reports that more than 2,000 youth have participated to date.

The Citizenship Challenge is a citizenship exam available for people to test their knowledge of Canadian history. The charity reports that 240,000 students have taken the test since 2010.

Encounters with Canada is a youth forum where Canadian students travel to Ottawa to participate in themed weeks and learn more about career options and Canadian history. Historica Canada reports over 112,000 student participants to date.

Heritage Minutes are a collection of one-minute films that tell stories about important people or events in Canadian history. Historica Canada currently has 90 episodes available in its collection, and all videos are available in both French and English.

Through the Memory Project program, Canadian war veterans and Canadian Forces members share their experiences with people in the community. Historica Canada reports that its speakers reached 1.6 million Canadians since 2001.

The Canadian Encyclopedia is an online database of 19,613 articles giving Canadians access to updated information about the country and its history. Historica Canada reports that the current database is 4 times larger than the original collection and receives over 6 million unique visitors annually for 9.5 million page views. The Encyclopedia contains more than 30,000 multimedia items including images, maps, games, audio and video.

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Historica Canada is a medium-sized charity with donations of $3.0m in F2017. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 25% of donations. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to the cause, which is below Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has funding reserves of $4.1m, of which $601k is donor-endowment. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Historica Canada’s reserves can cover 3.6 months of annual program costs.

Historica Canada uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2017, Historica Canada reports $551k in fundraising costs for external fundraisers that raised $973k, meaning that it cost 57 cents for every dollar raised.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Historica Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 26, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.0%13.6%11.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.7%29.5%28.1%
Total overhead spending 37.6%43.1%39.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.7%23.5%21.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,0082,2932,449
Government funding 9,0406,9147,401
Fees for service 2,2272,2652,091
Other income 325343321
Total revenues 14,60011,81512,262
Program costs 11,3899,3869,593
Administrative costs 1,8931,6091,352
Fundraising costs 742676688
Total spending 14,02411,67111,633
Cash flow from operations 576144629
Capital spending 198197347
Funding reserves 4,0822,7382,622

Note: Ci reported registration fees in fees for service revenues. Ci could not break out changes in government vs. non-government deferred contributions and therefore could not adjust for deferred donations.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 56

Avg. Compensation: $67,458

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.historicacanada.ca
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Donors can reach Historica Canada at info@historicacanada.ca and through its toll free number 1.866.701.1867