Breast Cancer Society of Canada

420 East Street
North Sarnia, ON N7T 6Y5
CEO: Kimberly Carson
Board Chair: Shaniah Leduc

Charitable Reg. #:13796 9861 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 19 cents are available for programs.

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About Breast Cancer Society of Canada:

Breast Cancer Society of Canada is a 1-star rated charity with no financial transparency and little reporting on its programs and their results. The charity has persistently high fundraising costs leading to overhead spending outside of Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range. In 2021, fundraising costs were 78% of donations. 

Founded in 1991, Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) fundraises and provides grants for breast cancer research in Canada. BCSC aims to save lives through education and research. The charity reports that 27,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and 5,100 will die from the disease. BCSC funds research projects translating previous testing results into medical tools and treatments. 

In F2021, Breast Cancer Society of Canada distributed $306k in research grants to different research programs. Its three grant recipients were London Health Sciences Institute ($250k),  Ontario Institute for Cancer ($51k), and Headwaters Health Institute ($5k).

As part of its commitment to the London Health Sciences Institute, BCSC funded nine projects by researchers in training in F2021. The funding was awarded to masters, Ph.D., and post-doctoral students, from Western University

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Results and Impact

BCSC partially funded Dr. Gregory Czarnota’s breast cancer research project in 2018. Dr. Czarnota, from Sunnybrook Research Institute developed a radio imaging technology that can predict how a tumour would respond to chemotherapy treatment. The technology accurately predicted the effects of chemotherapy treatment for 90% of the participant pool. 

The research project also looked at low-intensity ultrasounds to make tumours more susceptible to small amounts of radiation. Researchers found that tumours were ten times more responsive to low doses of radiation therapy after the ultrasound. 

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Breast Cancer Society of Canada's results and impacts.

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Breast Cancer Society of Canada received $5.1m in donations and special events fundraising in F2021. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 78% of donations, up from 47% in F2020. This means that BCSC spent 81% on overhead in F2021 compared to 61% in F2020. For every dollar donated, 19 cents go to the cause. The charity does not report why these costs increased so significantly. Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s total overhead spending has fallen outside Ci’s reasonable range for the past three years.

BCSC has funding reserves of $1.2m, which can cover its annual program costs for one year and eight months.

The charity’s audited financial statements are not publicly available. As such, Charity Intelligence has scored BCSC as not financially transparent.

The charity reports only four full-time employees in its T3010 filing with the CRA; however, it lists six full-time staff in the salary ranges. There is likely an error in its reported information which may translate to an error in our reporting.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Breast Cancer Society of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 3, 2022 by Ann Lei.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.4%13.6%8.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 78.0%47.3%44.0%
Total overhead spending 81.4%60.9%52.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 173.1%96.4%62.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 526296613
Government funding 42410
Special events 4,5409151,192
Investment income 95(4)14
Total revenues 5,2031,2481,820
Program costs 364278259
Grants 306203505
Administrative costs 172170154
Fundraising costs 3,952573795
Total spending 4,7931,2231,713
Cash flow from operations 41025107
Capital spending 083
Funding reserves 1,158463478

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. compensation: $104,049

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comment is from a previous profile (2014). Additional comments may be forthcoming. 

Inspired by one family’s search for a cure, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s mission is to engage in grassroots fundraising that supports patient focused research for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  We are not the only organization funding cancer research, however, our focus and method is quite unique.  Rather than looking for specific research projects and researchers, we seek out high calibre research teams that are located in cancer treatment centers, close to the patients. We offer them managed grants to advance research projects into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of breast cancer.  Each team has the same dream –  working together to improve the quality of life for all breast cancer patients. This team approach fosters creativity and collaboration between institutions and medical experts.   As these teams are located in cancer treatment centers there is a closer connection to the needs of the patients; researchers and clinicians work hand in hand. After all, if research does not help the patient what is the point? Our research grants are used in a variety of ways, customized by the individual team for maximum impact at their center.   The Breast Cancer Society of Canada has been doing this type of research funding since 1993. It is our hope we will be able to continue this work until breast cancer is eliminated entirely.


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001