Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

506-250 City Center Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7
Executive Director: Éric Hébert-Daly
President: Mike Robinson

Charitable Reg. #: 10686 5272 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #29

Avg. Compensation $41,455

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society:

Founded in 1963, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is the only charity fighting to protect public land and water in Canada. Legal protection of at least half of Canada’s public water and land is its long-term goal. Since its formation, CPAWS has been involved in protecting two-thirds of currently protected parkland. This represents over half a million square kilometers of land and water.


Most program spending is on conservation programs that increase protection of wildlife, oceans, parks, grasslands and forests in Canada. CPAWS works with government policy makers to protect these five major areas of Canadian wilderness. In 2015, CPAWS established the Nááts ́ihch ́oh National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. The reserve protects roughly 5,000 square kilometers of land. On the North Pacific coast of British Columbia, CPAWS implemented marine plans that now protect 100,000 square kilometers of shoreline water. The charity also brought about the rejection of a hotel proposal on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. This project would have otherwise harmed marine life, wildlife and parklands in the region.


CPAWS has 13 chapters across Canada that also run conservation awareness programs that explain how important protecting Canadian land and water truly is.

Financial Review:

CPAWS is a medium-sized charity that collected $4.6m in Canadian donations in 2015. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues and fundraising costs are 10% of donations, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves total just over $2m and 31% are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s funding reserves cover only 31% of program costs. Low program cost coverage highlights a need for donations.


This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by CPAWS. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.


Updated on June 7, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.



Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.5%13.6%13.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.7%8.1%10.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 54.8%51.2%54.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 4,642,3554,787,5873,922,045
Government funding 104,919120,634241,090
Total revenues 4,747,2744,908,2214,163,135
Program costs 3,705,7493,729,6123,059,769
Administrative costs 643,013667,264547,434
Fundraising costs 449,023389,210421,120
Cash flow from operations (50,511)122,135134,812
Funding reserves 2,031,6381,908,4911,680,325
Note: Other income reported in the audited financial statements has been included in total donations. The audited financial statements amortize lease incentives as a reduction of operations expense. Ci made adjustments to remove this expense reduction, increasing total expenses by $6k in F2015, $6k in F2014 and $6k in F2013.

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