Plan International Canada

245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4P 0B3
President & CEO: Lindsay Glassco
Board Chair: Rona Ambrose

Charitable Reg. #:11892 8993 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 67 cents are available for programs.

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About Plan International Canada:

Plan International Canada is a 3-star rated charity with Fair impact and an above-average results reporting score. Its overhead costs are just within Ci's reasonable range, and the charity has reserve funds to cover program costs for five months.

Founded in 1968, Plan International Canada, commonly known as Plan Canada, is the Canadian branch and fundraising arm of Plan International. Plan International works to advance children's rights and equality for girls worldwide. The charity reports that 129 million girls are not attending primary or secondary school. Plan Canada also reports that globally, 243 million women and girls have been subjected to physical or sexual violence in the past 12 months. Additionally, nearly every two seconds, a girl under 18 is married.

Plan Canada works to help women and children around the world in five core areas: Health, Humanitarian Response, Education, Youth Leadership and Economic Empowerment, and Protection from Violence. In F2022, Plan Canada supported 14.5 million children across all its programs, including 7.6 million children.

Plan Canada’s Health program represented 47% of the charity’s total program spending in F2022. The charity reported that 11.9 million people received life-saving health services and 382,996 people received food support in F2022.

The charity’s Humanitarian Response program represented 24% of program spending in F2022. Plan Canada reports that 430,007 people were reached by its disaster relief work, and 581,627 people were reached by its covid-19 response.

Plan Canada’s Education program represented 10% of program spending in F2022. The charity reports that through its programs, 496,967 children accessed education in F2022.

Plan Canada’s Youth Leadership and Economic Empowerment program also represented 10% of program spending in F2022. The charity reports that 15,393 people were helped through its economic initiatives and 12,547 youths in Canada participated in youth-engagement initiatives. 

The charity’s Protection from Violence program represented 9% of total program spending in F2022. Plan Canada reports that in F2022, 129,661 children were protected from harm, abuse, and exploitation as a result of its programs.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, the charity changed the way it reports its impact and has provided Impact Reports for 20 projects. In F2022, the charity completed two projects: Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women (SHOW) in Bangladesh, Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria and Senegal, and Leading for Peace in Colombia.

Plan International Canada reports that as a result of SHOW, the number of women receiving prenatal care four times during pregnancy increased from 55% to 73%. The number of live births attended by health workers increased from 57% to 75%, and children vaccinated against measles increased from 81% to 90%. Additionally, the number of health facilities where records are regularly maintained increased from 49% to 94%.

The Leading for Peace program reported that the number of youths who knew how to develop a business plan increased from 47% to 85%. The number of youths who owned a business increased from 14% to 23% for males and 5% to 20% for females.

In Mozambique, as a result of Plan International’s Healthy Women and Girls project, 16% of girls aged 15 to 17 surveyed were married in 2022, as compared to 35% in 2017. Additionally, 99% of women and girls received postnatal care within 48 hours of childbirth, compared to 71% of adolescent girls and 64% of women in 2017.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Plan Canada's results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Plan Canada a Fair impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Plan Canada is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada's largest charities in terms of donations. In F2022, Plan Canada received $107.4m in Canadian donations. Around 62% of donations were for child sponsorships, and 33% were general contributions. Plan Canada also received $80.1m in international donations, representing 29% of revenues, and $51.8m in government funding, representing 19% of revenues. In F2022, the charity received $38.5m in donated goods such as food and bed nets.

Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 26% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 33%. For every dollar donated, 67 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

Plan Canada has reserve funds of $91.4m, of which $3.7m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Plan Canada can cover five months of its annual program costs.

Plan Canada used external fundraisers in F2022. The charity paid $10.3m to raise $43.1m through external fundraisers, at a cost of $0.24 per dollar raised.

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

Updated on June 20, 2023 by Kiara Andrade.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.9%6.3%6.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 26.2%25.7%31.4%
Total overhead spending 33.1%32.1%38.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 44.4%50.3%50.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 107,352105,689103,556
International donations 80,09269,24566,515
Goods in kind 38,52030,17325,499
Government funding 51,82040,04043,522
Investment income 1,1201,0662,029
Total revenues 278,904246,213241,121
Program costs - International 179,092162,328125,157
Program costs - Canada 18,43417,59621,467
Donated goods exp 38,52030,17325,499
Administrative costs 19,17815,53816,014
Fundraising costs 28,07127,19632,550
Total spending 283,294252,831220,687
Cash flow from operations (4,390)(6,618)20,434
Capital spending 4,4664,171517
Funding reserves 91,35694,05477,854

Note: Ci included change in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting revenue by ($1.2m) in F2022, $586k in F2021, and ($5k) in F2020. Ci included endowment donations in donations, affecting revenue by $40k in F2022, $86k in F2021, and $566k in F2020. To report on a cash basis, Ci included changes in undisbursed designated contributions, affecting revenue by $6.2m in F2022, $8.4m in F2021, and nil in F2020. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 295

Avg. compensation: $93,734

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
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$40k - $80k
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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.

  • Being open and accountable are core organizational values for Plan International Canada and we are committed to transparency and accountability.
  • Annually, Plan International Canada complies with all prescribed regulatory requirements including those by the Canada Revenue Agency and Imagine Canada Accreditation Program.
  • Our financial statements are independently audited by professional auditors and accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). The statements are prepared in accordance with accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations (ASNPO) in Canada, which sets out generally accepted accounting principles for not-for-profit organizations. Plan International Canada’s current and past annual reviews and financial statements are available here.
  • We fully support a donor's right to do their own independent research and be informed as to how they choose to spend their philanthropic dollars. Accordingly, we encourage interested individuals to also visit the Plan International Canada website and read our Annual Reviews to better understand how we are advancing the rights of children and girls through featured stories and highlights.
  • We respect Charity Intelligence’s choice to recast impact and financial information for the purposes of achieving comparability amongst organizations. Given that these non-ASNPO measures do not consider all factors of operating complexity, they’re not an entirely accurate representation of Plan International Canada’s work with children, especially girls, and their families in more than 75 countries around the world and our longstanding impact built on over 85 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector. We are working with Charity Intelligence to fulfill the specific needs of their assessment.


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001