Suite 300, 240 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 1X4
Executive Director: Graham Saul
Board Chair: William Ross

Charitable Reg. #:11883 4704 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) 78 cents are available for programs.

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About Nature Canada:

Founded in 1939, Nature Canada’s mission is to protect and conserve nature by engaging Canadians in conservation efforts. It aims to ensure that at-risk species and habitats in Canada are fully protected through its conservation and advocacy programs. Nature Canada also encourages Canadians to connect with and gain a greater appreciation for nature. The charity states that Canada is home to more than 200 endangered species. In addition, only around 10% of Canada’s boreal forest, which helps to store 186 billion tonnes of carbon, is under protection.

Nature Canada runs both Conservation programs and Conservation Education and Communications programs. The charity does not provide a program spending breakdown for F2020.

Nature Canada’s Conservation programs aim to protect land and oceans across Canada. In F2020, the charity reports that its petitions and advocacy efforts helped to conserve vital pastures in Southern Saskatchewan and Alberta. Three new pastures in Govenlock, Nashlyn, and Battle Creek received federal protection during the year, providing homes to around 13 at-risk species.

The charity’s Conservation Education and Communications programs help to connect Canadians with nature. In F2020, Nature Canada and its local partners hosted 281 school and community groups at 97 events. During the year, it states that these events reached a total of 16,036 people. Nature Canada also helped to host the Nature-Based Climate Solutions Summit in February 2020, which brought together more than 450 participants.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, Nature Canada helped to secure an agreement from the Ontario Government to designate two key areas in Prince Edward County as protected regions. Prince Edward County is home to more than 30 at-risk species. It also encompasses a globally-recognized Important Bird Area (IBA), which provides refuge to birds during annual migrations. The charity estimates that 298 bird species rely on Prince Edward County.

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

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Nature Canada received $2.3m in Canadian donations in F2020. It also received $911k in international donations (23% of revenues) and $643k in government funding (16% of revenues). Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 22%. For every dollar donated, 78 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Nature Canada has $2.6m in funding reserves, of which $139k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 81% or nearly ten months of annual program and grant costs.

­­According to its filing with the Charities Directorate, Nature Canada used external fundraisers in F2020. The charity reports that it received $118k from external fundraisers, but does not disclose how much it paid. This is a mandatory filing.

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

Updated on June 10, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.2%6.1%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.4%10.9%9.3%
Total overhead spending 21.6%16.9%16.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 81.4%107.0%107.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,321,7972,243,4892,145,093
International donations 910,544612,0060
Government funding 643,329327,229345,684
Investment income (25,537)53,61828,512
Other income 58,20915,29616,472
Total revenues 3,908,3423,251,6382,535,761
Program costs 2,540,6922,013,8541,293,540
Grants 471,290274,166266,463
Administrative costs 244,153194,540186,098
Fundraising costs 356,774243,617199,939
Total spending 3,612,9092,726,1771,946,040
Cash flow from operations 295,433525,461589,721
Capital spending 43,9076640
Funding reserves 2,586,4662,579,0831,801,531

Note: Ci included endowment contributions in donations, affecting total revenues by $1k in F2020, $2k in F2019, and $2k in F2018. Ci reported international donations and government funding from the charity’s T3010 filings, which reconciled with its financial statements, and removed the amounts from donations. Ci removed amortization and losses on capital assets from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 22

Avg. compensation: $60,632

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 F2020

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