International Justice Mission Canada

PO Box 336 Stn B
London, ON N6A 4W1
CEO: Anu Canjanathoppil
Board Chair: James Peters

Charitable Reg. #:86388 9283 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) 60 cents are available for programs.

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About International Justice Mission Canada:

International Justice Mission Canada is a 2-star charity. It has an above-average results reporting grade of B+ and is financially transparent. However, Ci has given it a rating of Low for demonstrated impact per dollar spent. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report. 

Founded in 2003 and based in London, Ontario, International Justice Mission Canada (IJM Canada) is a partner of International Justice Mission Global (IJM), headquartered in Washington, DC. There are more than 40 million people living in slavery worldwide. IJM Canada aims to end slavery and violence in our lifetime.

At the time of this report, the most recent IJM Canada annual report refers to F2021. As such, the text below refers to F2021.

IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, help survivors recover, and strengthen local justice systems. It fights slavery, sex trafficking, sexual violence, citizenship rights abuse, land theft, and police abuse of power in developing countries. In F2021, IJM Canada sent the most money to IJM for work in India ($1.3m), The Philippines ($906k), and Cambodia ($733k).

IJM Canada also works within Canada to educate the public on oppression and exploitation. While IJM Canada reports spending 11% of its program costs on these domestic programs during F2021, it does not give a spending breakdown for the rest of its work. Internationally, IJM Canada breaks down its work into four main areas: Rescue Victims, Bring Criminals to Justice, Restore Survivors, and Strengthen Justice Systems.

Rescue Victims: IJM supports local partners that rescue people from slavery and violence. In F2021, IJM-trained partners in India ran three rescues that saved 51 people from slavery and exploitation. Its work also supported rescues in the Philippines and Dominican Republic.

Bring Criminals to Justice: IJM supports victims rescued from slavery or violence and prepares them to testify in court. In F2021, IJM's support allowed six children who were victims of child abuse in Uganda to testify without having to see their abuser. During the year, IJM’s work helped authorities restrain 4,516 suspected criminals.

Restore Survivors: IJM aims to give survivors support and tools that they need to heal and thrive. In F2021, IJM Canada reports that it restored 430 survivors to safety and stability.

Strengthen Justice Systems: IJM works to strengthen local justice systems with the goal of preventing future violence. In F2021, it trained over 16,000 justice system officials on how to actively address cases of violence. In Ghana, it trained 40 marine police on anti-human trafficking skills.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, IJM Canada’s work helped relieve 9,967 victims from violence and oppression. IJM Canada also reports that its work helped secure convictions of 1,816 perpetrators.

IJM reports that in nine jurisdictions where it completed work it has reduced the prevalence of slavery and violence by 50-86%. A study of IJM work in the Dominican Republic showed that from 2014 to 2022, IJM’s work contributed to an overall decrease in commercial sexual exploitation of children of 78%.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of International Justice Mission Canada’s results and impact.

International Justice Mission Canada is rated Low for demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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International Justice Mission Canada changed its fiscal year end to March in F2022. F2022 figures cover three months of spending from January to March 2022. F2022 figures may not be comparable to previous years. 

In F2022, IJM Canada received $1.5m in donations in F2022. Fundraising costs are 28% of donations and administrative costs are 12% of revenues. Total overhead spending is 40%. For each dollar donated, 60 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. In F2021 and F2020, overhead spending was within Ci's reasonable range. 

IJM Canada's fundraising cost ratio excludes donations received from the board of directors and officers of the organization. The charity reports that it received approximately $4k in F2022, $256k in F2021, and $543k in F2020 from these related parties. 

Reserve funds of $1.9m can cover annualized program costs at the F2022 level for just over five months. In F2021, reserve funds of $2.0m could cover program costs at the F2021 level for less than three months. 

This is a charity update that was sent to International Justice Mission Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 17, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.4%8.0%12.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.7%20.3%16.5%
Total overhead spending 40.1%28.3%28.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 40.6%30.0%81.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,5447,7848,080
Government funding 0025
Fees for service 0813
Special events 0115
Investment income 025
Other income 151
Total revenues 1,5457,8008,138
Program costs - International 7405,9193,430
Program costs - Canada 298754612
Administrative costs 192625992
Fundraising costs 4271,5291,245
Total spending 1,6578,8266,278
Cash flow from operations (113)(1,026)1,860
Capital spending 1620
Funding reserves 1,9362,0043,298

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from Canadian program costs and international program costs

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 16

Avg. compensation: $39,949

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comments received from IJM Canada December 22, 2021

International Justice Mission Canada appreciates the work that Charity Intelligence does to assist donors in making informed decisions about where to put their hard-earned money when they decide which charities they want to support. We also appreciate the opportunity that Charity Intelligence efforts create to ensure that the information donors need to make an informed decision is readily available on our website. We are aware of some gaps in the information on our website related to program impact and results reporting.

There is a context to this gap that is somewhat unique to IJM Canada in the last few years. As part of a larger global IJM strategy to protect 500 million people by 2030, IJMC has been part of a significant change in the way that we support our fundraising and engagement work in Canada. We, along with our partners in IJM US, are now part of the IJM North America Region. Through this change, we are working to share resources to support fundraising and engagement in Canada and the US to enhance the effective use of donations entrusted to us. We are working diligently to make our results and impact reporting more accessible on our website as we understand how important ensuring donations are contributing to the impact that donors are interested in supporting. Next year, we hope the content on our website results in an improvement to our rating on Charity Intelligence so that donors can be confident in how their money is used to support justice for vulnerable people.

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