Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

401-240 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1X4
Executive Director: Kathrina Loeffler
Board Chair: Dr. Steve Ferracuti

Charitable Reg. #:11883 5230 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 47 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief:

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief is a 2-star charity with low demonstrated impact. The charity has a B Results Reporting grade, which is average. For every dollar donated to the charity, 47 cents are available to go to the cause, which is outside Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1984, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) works with health professionals and governments in Sub-Saharan Africa to build healthy communities. Headquartered in Toronto, CPAR has field offices and runs programs in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Through its core programs, CPAR supports the World Health Organization’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Core program areas include Health Systems Strengthening; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Food Security and Nutrition; and Livelihoods. CPAR does not provide a breakdown of spending for these program areas.

In F2023, CPAR spent $1.6m on its programs and directly helped 76,158 people.

CPAR spent 58% ($916k) of program costs on Ethiopia. The charity runs two programs in Ethiopia: Enhance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women and Adolescents (EWSA) and Remote Ultrasound for Antenatal Access (RUAA). ESWA is a four-year program with a budget of $4.5m, funded by Global Affairs Canada. The project supports the delivery of Ethiopia’s sexual reproductive health curriculum (SRH) and helps Ethiopia’s hospitals with SRH services. The charity states its ESWA program has affected over 708,000 women and adolescents. In F2023, ESWA helped 65,576 people. RUAA is a two-year program with a budget of $244k. CPAR partnered with the University of Saskatchewan to increase access to obstetrical care in rural Ethiopia. The charity provides lifesaving prenatal ultrasound imaging to pregnant women in rural Ethiopia. CPAR also trains health workers to use ultrasound technology. In F2023, CPAR’s RUAA program helped 3,609 people.

CPAR spent 19% ($292k) of program costs on Malawi. The charity reports it runs one program in Malawi: Freedom to Learn for Girls in Rural Malawi – Addressing the Menstruation Barrier (MHM). MHM is a one-year program with a budget of $200k. CPAR measures the effectiveness of menstrual cups and reusable menstrual pads on school girls in rural Malawi. The charity’s goal is to measure menstrual health and reduce school absenteeism. In F2023, MHM reached 6,973 people.

CPAR spent 23% ($363k) of program costs on Canada. The charity engages Canadians on international development issues related to CPAR’s mission and provides opportunities for public engagement. The program mainly focuses on providing support for CPAR’s international programs.

The remaining $3k (0.2%) was spent on Tanzania.

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Results and Impact

CPAR reports results on its completed projects rather than its current projects.

The charity’s Field to Families program in Tanzania increased crop production by 383% for maize and 459% for cassava. Family incomes rose by an average of 641%. By project close, 54% of women in male-headed households reported shared control over income and expenses, a 49% increase compared to the baseline.

CPAR’s Improving the Lives of Small Scale Farmers program in Ethiopia helped seed multiplier groups transform 2,103 kg of seeds into 49,200 kg of seeds. The charity supported the certification of 70% of seeds produced, which increased the value of seeds by 20% in the market.

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief spent $2.2m in F2023. And helped 76,158 people. In F2023, It costed CPAR $29 to help a beneficiary.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief received $842k in donations in F2023. The charity also received $986k in government funding, which is 62% of revenue. CPAR spent $1.6m on its programs, which is 100% of revenue. The charity recorded a deficit of $630k, which means the charity drew on its reserves to fund its operations.

Administrative costs are 25% of revenue (excluding investment income). Fundraising costs are 28% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 47 cents are available to go to the cause, which is outside Ci’s reasonable range.

The charity has $1.2m in reserve funds, which can cover 78%, or nine months of its annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 12, 2024 by Liam Chapleau.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 25.4%17.9%9.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.6%18.4%9.5%
Total overhead spending 52.9%36.3%19.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 78.4%135.8%212.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 841,5651,007,4381,347,019
Government funding 985,846763,048287,022
Investment income (12,642)19,3429,334
Other income (233,849)(501,550)864,183
Total revenues 1,580,9201,288,2782,507,558
Program costs - International 1,211,437953,383940,073
Program costs - Canada 363,293525,923319,195
Administrative costs 404,367226,675243,331
Fundraising costs 231,867185,695127,988
Total spending 2,210,9641,891,6761,630,587
Cash flow from operations (630,044)(603,398)876,971
Capital spending 123,45436,64932,983
Funding reserves 1,234,5222,009,0782,673,900

Note: 1.DEFERRED CONTRIBUTIONS: The charity did not disclose the source of its deferred contributions. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions within other revenue in the amount of ($259k) in F2023, ($529k) in F2022, and $835k in F2021. 2.GOVERNMENT FUNDING: The charity’s audited financial statements do not disclose government funding. Ci used the charity’s T3010 to retrieve government funding and removed the amount from Canadian Donations.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 52

Avg. compensation: $8,489

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 F2023

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

This comment was provided by CPAR in response to a prior profile update, and thus, may be outdated.

New About CPAR:

Founded in 1984 in response to the famine in Ethiopia, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) is a non-profit organization working in partnership with health professionals, vulnerable communities, governments and diverse organizations to build healthy communities in Africa.

Through our programming, CPAR supports the achievement of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through programming that:

  • Improves health systems capacity and;
  • Addresses the social determinants of health, including food security and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene, sustainable livelihoods.

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001