Suite 390, 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3
Executive Director: Tracy London
Board Chair: Lori Williams

Charitable Reg. #:13474 8474 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About Ecojustice:

Ecojustice is a 4-star rated charity with an above-average results reporting score. It is financially transparent and has overhead costs within Ci’s reasonable range.

Founded in 1991, Ecojustice uses legal action to defend nature and fight climate change. Through its legal cases, Ecojustice aims to establish laws and rulings that protect environmental rights. The charity’s main office is in Vancouver, with four regional offices in Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, and Toronto. Ecojustice has fought a total of 143 cases as of F2022.

Ecojustice groups its advocacy into three main program areas: Climate, Healthy Communities, and Nature. It did not provide a spending breakdown for its programs in F2022.

Ecojustice’s Climate program pursues legal action relating to global warming, carbon emissions, and weak climate regulation. The charity advocates for serious climate action to stop the long-term effects of climate change.

The Healthy Communities program involves legal cases that deal with pollution, chemical waste, and local sustainability.

The charity’s Nature program urges governments to protect oceans, watersheds, forests, and other vital habitats. Ecojustice also protects national parks from projects that would threaten native wildlife.

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Results and Impact

Under its Climate program, Ecojustice helped propose Bill C-12 (Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act), which was passed in June 2021. This Act requires that the federal government hold all levels of government accountable for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the Healthy Communities program, Ecojustice launched a lawsuit against the Ontario government. The charity states that the Ontario government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act was introduced without proper consultation and makes major changes to the province's environmental laws. Ecojustice won this lawsuit in July 2021, protecting the Duffins Creek Wetlands from a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO). The charity also won its lawsuit against De Beers Canada, which failed to report mercury pollution at its Victor Diamond Mine. De Beers agreed to make all past and future mercury monitoring public, pay a fine of $100, and donate $50,000 to charity.

Under the Nature program, Ecojustice won a lawsuit against Keurig Canada for misleading consumers about the recyclability of its plastic coffee pods. Keurig Canada had to pay a $3 million fine and donate $800,000 to an environmental charity.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Ecojustice’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Ecojustice received $12.7m in Canadian donations in F2022, up 49% from $8.5m in F2021. It also received $23k in international donations.

Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 14% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 23%. For every dollar donated, 77 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Ecojustice has reserve funds of $8.8m which can cover one year and three months of annual program costs.

According to its annual filing with the CRA, Ecojustice used external fundraisers in F2022. It paid a total of $106k to external fundraisers during the year. Ecojustice does not report how much these agencies raised. The charity states that these fundraisers do not collect any revenue, but instruct donors to send funds directly to Ecojustice instead.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Ecojustice for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 26, 2023 by Kiara Andrade.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending October
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%11.5%13.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.9%18.6%20.7%
Total overhead spending 23.5%30.1%33.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 126.5%115.4%114.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,6968,5307,301
International donations 23679635
Government funding 00382
Investment income (372)56262
Other income 1088242
Total revenues 12,3579,3528,821
Program costs 6,9785,4934,555
Grants 231451
Administrative costs 1,2241,0681,128
Fundraising costs 1,7591,5901,514
Other costs 0140
Total spending 9,9638,1957,648
Cash flow from operations 2,3941,1571,173
Capital spending 287918
Funding reserves 8,8286,3755,751

Note: Ci reported international donations from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA and removed these amounts from Canadian donations. To report on a cash basis, Ci included deferred revenues, affecting revenues by ($209k) in F2022, $1.1m in F2021, and $119k in F2020. Ci reported program, administration, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 67

Avg. compensation: $92,931

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

These comments were provided for a previous version of this profile.

Ecojustice is committed to operating at the highest standard. Toward this, Ecojustice is certified to the Imagine Canada Standard demonstrating operational excellence and leadership. Additionally, Ecojustice is committed to achieving justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion across our organization and to ensuring our work is consistent with and where possible advances reconciliation. 

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