Alzheimer Society of Canada

20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th Floor
Toronto, ON M4R 1K8
CEO: Christopher Barry
Board Chair: Christine Penney

Charitable Reg. #:11878 4925 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Alzheimer Society of Canada:

Alzheimer Society of Canada is a 3-star charity. It is financially transparent and has overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range but a below-average results reporting grade.

Founded in 1978, Alzheimer Society of Canada (ALZH) funds research and provides support services for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia refers to a series of chronic nervous system diseases that impair memory, thought processes and speech. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer Society of Canada states that more than 500,000 Canadians are living with dementia and around 25,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The charity’s national branch is based in Toronto and coordinates ten provincial societies across Canada. The provincial charities work together towards the common goal of a world without dementia.

Alzheimer Society of Canada runs two main programs: Research and Services.

Services – 86% of total program spending: ALZH offers various resources and services to people with dementia. The charity provided resources for patients and caregivers in preventing and living with dementia. It also supports patients through its toll-free line – a free resource that provides reliable dementia information, answers questions, and connects people to the community-based services best suited for their needs.

Research – 14% of total program spending: The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is one of the charity’s main focuses. Through this program, ALZH funds research projects seeking treatments and possible cures for dementia. Many researchers also aim to improve the quality of life for those affected by dementia. In F2022, the ASRP funded 25 research projects. This included six projects on causes of dementia, one on developing treatments, six on diagnosis and detection, four on improving patient care, four on epidemiology, one on risk and prevention, two on translational, and one on therapy methods.

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Results and Impact

Ci could not find any publicly available quantifiable outcomes for ALZH. 

Charity Intelligence has not yet assessed the impact of ALZH. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.


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In F2022, Alzheimer Society of Canada received $22.9m in donations. The charity also received $11.6m from provincial partner charities (included in Other income below), representing 33% of revenues. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 30%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Alzheimer Society of Canada has $16.7m in reserve funds, $1.1m of which is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, ALZH can cover around 2.5 years of its annual program costs with its reserves. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to ALZH for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 26, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.6%2.6%1.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.3%29.9%30.0%
Total overhead spending 29.9%32.5%31.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 239.8%257.9%160.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 22,92817,70116,341
Government funding 449656114
Investment income 4571,221(379)
Other income 11,61911,21711,195
Total revenues 35,45330,79627,271
Program costs 2,8872,2063,245
Grants 3,6914,2044,072
Donor-designated donations 21,75914,09516,303
Administrative costs 1,257766497
Fundraising costs 6,0405,2864,900
Total spending 35,63426,55829,016
Cash flow from operations (181)4,238(1,745)
Capital spending 254552
Funding reserves 16,72817,48212,675

Note: Ci included unrealized gains (losses) in investments, affecting total revenues by ($43k) in F2022, ($54k) in F2021, and ($697k) in F2020. Ci included contributions from provincial partner charities in other revenue and adjusted the amounts by accounts receivable from partners. This affected total revenues by ($511k) in F2022, $371k in F2021, and ($163k) in F2020. Endowment contributions were included as revenue items, affecting revenues by $10k in F2022, $1k in F2021, $100k in F2020. Ci included research funding in grants and adjusted for changes in grants payable. This affected total expenses by ($148k) in F2022, $389k in F2021, and $313k in F2020. Ci included grants designated for partner charities as donor-designated grants and adjusted by changes in amounts payable to partners. This affected total expenses by $243k in F2022, ($1.4m) in F2021, and $1.0m in F2020. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative, and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. compensation: $83,978

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001