University of New Brunswick

P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
President: Paul Mazeerolle
Board Chair: Larry Hachey

Charitable Reg. #:10816 2025 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About University of New Brunswick:

Founded in 1785, University of New Brunswick (UNB) is one of the oldest public universities in North America. It has a main campus in Fredericton and another in Saint John. As a research university, UNB hosts many research institutes and is responsible for 70% of all publicly-funded research in New Brunswick and has 7 Canada Research Chairs. The university has over 9,500 students, a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 and offers more than 75 programs. According to Maclean’s University Rankings, UNB’s standout programs are computer science, marine biology, and forestry/environmental management.

In F2019, University of New Brunswick spent $259.3m on its programs, including $124.3m (48%) on teaching and $46.4m (18%) on research grants. It gave out $15.4m (6%) in scholarships and financial aid. The remaining 28% of program spending went to university-wide expenses, such as plant operations, libraries, and central computing.

UNB awarded 2,504 degrees in F2019 (2,607 in F2018). In terms of number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, UNB ranked 26th out of Canadian universities assessed in F2018. UNB also ranked 21st in publication intensity and 42nd in publication impact. 


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Results and Impact

The university reported that of the 1,398 first-year undergraduate students who were enrolled in F2015, 1,113 returned the following year (80%). Also, 78% of undergraduate students who began studies in 2006 graduated by 2013.

In April 2020, Esmi conducted an economic value study on University of New Brunswick. The report found that in F2019, UNB generated $1.8 billion in added income for the New Brunswick economy, or 5% of the province’s gross provincial product. The added income is equivalent to supporting 20,915 jobs.

In F2019, taxpayers paid $141 million to support UNB’s operations. The study reports that taxpayers benefited from $605.4m in the net present value of students’ lifetime earnings and output of businesses. The public sector also benefited from $7.8m in cost savings due to reduced demand for social services. The study calculated that the average annual internal rate of return for taxpayers is 23.8%.

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University of New Brunswick is a Major 100 charity, meaning it is one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. UNB received $24.6m in donations and $99.8m in tuition fees in F2019. In F2018, UNB concluded its It Begins Here fundraising campaign, the largest campaign in the university’s history.  The charity also received $167.8m in government grants, representing 53% of total revenue.

Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 9% of donations. For every dollar donated, 82 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity holds $454.4m in funding reserves, of which $166.4m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, University of New Brunswick can cover 1.1 years of annual program costs.

The charity spent $22.1m on capital expenditures in F2019, $30.3m in F2018, and $15.8m in F2017.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to University of New Brunswick for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 17, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%9.5%10.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.4%6.1%14.2%
Total overhead spending 18.5%15.6%24.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 114.7%110.0%121.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 24,60040,30117,709
Government funding 167,840166,087162,222
Fees for service 99,78696,25992,243
Business activities (net) 2,5713,2122,995
Investment income 19,08811,33219,864
Total revenues 313,885317,191295,033
Program costs 259,341251,895242,082
Administrative costs 26,76228,98228,112
Fundraising costs 2,3082,4632,516
Total spending 288,411283,340272,710
Cash flow from operations 25,47433,85122,323
Capital spending 22,14130,31915,775
Funding reserves 454,398425,499424,835

Note: Ci included donations to the charity’s endowment fund and capital campaign. UNB does not report administrative and fundraising costs on its audited financial statements. Ci took administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings. Ci reported ancillary revenues net of expenses, reducing both revenues and expenses by $15.7m in F2019, $13.6m in F2018 and by $13.9m in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1,300

Avg. compensation: $141,644

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 F2019

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