214 - 131 Water Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4M3
Executive Director: Devon Page
Board Chair: Leonard Schein

Charitable Reg. #: 13474 8474 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

Cents to The Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #38

Avg. Compensation $74,692

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Ecojustice:

After the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March 1989, Canadian lawyer Stewart Elgie worked with the American Sierra Club Legal Defence Fund (SCLDF) to hold Exxon and the US government responsible for the disaster. Inspired by the SCLDF model of using law to protect the environment, Elgie brought the model to Canada. In 1990, he founded the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, now named Ecojustice Society of Canada (Ecojustice).

Ecojustice operates in Vancouver as the only charity in Canada that addresses environmental issues solely in the courtroom. Among the charity’s staff are legal experts, who: speak out against corporate projects that threaten public health and the Canadian environment; support projects that protect wilderness and wildlife; and shed light on the negative effects industrial energy corporations have on the Canadian and global climate.

Ecojustice divides its activities into three major issue areas: climate change, healthy communities, and nature. Through its climate change cases, Ecojustice pushes for clean energy options and aims to eliminate fossil fuel usage. The charity currently has three climate change cases in progress, and a cumulative total of five climate change case wins. One major win in 2017 was stopping the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. Healthy communities cases focus on protecting communities from toxic chemicals and pollution and holding polluters responsible for the damage they cause. The charity currently has nine health communities cases in progress, and a cumulative total of 14 healthy communities case wins. One major win in 2017 was in Harrietsfield, where the community’s drinking water was contaminated by an industrial site – the companies responsible for the mess must now fix it, and the provincial government promised to install water treatment systems in the homes of affected residents. Nature cases focus on protecting species and ecosystems under threat. The charity currently has seven nature cases in progress and reports a cumulative total of 26 nature case wins. One major win in 2017 was when Ecojustice’s activities led Shell Canada to remove expired gas and oil permits in Lancaster Sound (habitat to narwhals, beluga whales, seals, and walruses), and soon after led to the government announcing a five-year plan to develop new National Parks and Marine Conservation Areas in the region.

Financial Review:

Ecojustice is a big-cap charity with donations of $5.7m in F2016. Administrative costs are 15% of revenue and fundraising costs are 17% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.67 goes toward its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of just under $4.0m cover annual program costs for 1.2 years. 

Ecojustice reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In its most recent F2016 T3010 CRA filing, the charity reports external fundraising costs of $129k, with no funds reportedly raised on behalf of the charity.

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

Updated on August 8, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending October
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.3%10.9%10.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.4%23.2%18.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 120.1%99.8%114.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,6684,3864,913
Investment income 10913178
Other income 197714851
Total revenues 5,9745,2325,841
Program costs 3,3263,7303,302
Administrative costs 894555621
Fundraising costs 9871,016925
Other costs 795847
Cash flow from operations 689(125)947
Funding reserves 3,9953,7243,777
Note: Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filings for expenses. Ci backed out amortization of capital assets on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs. Ci backed out a $19k loss on sale of property in F2016 and $20k impairment of property held for sale in F2015 from other costs. International donations of $454k in F2015 and $501k in F2014 are included in other revenue. The charity changed auditors in F2016 and with a change in presentation of the financial notes, Ci could not determine international donations for F2016.

Comments added by the Charity:

Fundraising costs are 21% of all charitable donations.

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