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

Charitable Reg. #: 13474 8474 RR0001
Sector: Environment
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B-

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 #45

Avg. Compensation $75,488

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

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 the Ecojustice Society of Canada.


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.


2015 marked the 25th year of operations for Ecojustice. To celebrate, the charity released a special Victory Report that covers its top 25 major achievements since 1990. One mentioned achievement is the cancellation of the Sumas Energy 2 power plant in 2010. The plant was estimated to produce hundreds of tonnes of air pollutants annually. Following Ecojustice’s courtroom win, the funding company abandoned the project. A more recent win in 2013 was against Nestle Canada. Nestle planned to take more than one million liters of freshwater daily from Hillsburgh, Ontario. The company was set to do so after the provincial government lifted restrictions on water extraction. Ecojustice helped clients challenge the decision to lift restrictions. Before the government even reviewed the decision, Nestle withdrew its request for restriction exemption.

Financial Review:

Ecojustice is a medium-sized charity with donations of $4.4m in F2015. Administrative costs are 11% of revenue and fundraising costs are 23% of donations, which fall within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $3.7m cover 1 year of program costs in F2015. The charity does not report any donor-endowed funding reserves.


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


Updated on May 17, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.


Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending October
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.4%11.6%13.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.2%18.8%22.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 101.1%116.1%83.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,3864,9133,862
Goods in kind 0050
Investment income 1317873
Other income 7158511,002
Total revenues 5,2325,8424,987
Program costs 3,6823,2523,272
Administrative costs 583670679
Fundraising costs 1,016925855
Other costs 784750
Cash flow from operations (125)947131
Funding reserves 3,7243,7772,721
Note: Allocation of expenses is taken from Ecojustice’s T3010 filing to the CRA. Amortization of capital assets is removed from administrative, fundraising and program costs using allocation rates based on proportion of total expenses. International donations of $454k in F2015, $501k in F2014 and $686k in F2013 have been included in other revenue.

Comments added by the Charity:

Fundraising costs are 21% of all charitable donations.

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