200 - 2010 Winston Park Drive
Oakville, ON L6H 5B7
Executive Director: Stephanie Christensen
Executive Director: Tess Widdifield

Charitable Reg. #:84628 3208 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) 53 cents are available for programs.

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About ShelterBox Canada:

Beginning as a Rotary Club project in 2000 and then registered under the global ShelterBox network in 2010, ShelterBox Canada (SBC) provides emergency shelter and support to those in need around the world. ShelterBox Canada focuses on fundraising and awareness for ShelterBox Trust, its UK headquarters. Since its inception, ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter, essential items, and support to over 1.5 million people in 97 countries.

SBC works to relieve the over 104 million people forced out of their homes due to conflict and natural disasters by providing them shelter so that they can recover with dignity. ShelterBox responds to disasters by first understanding the impact and nuances of each emergency. Based on this analysis, it sends ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits to vulnerable people. ShelterBoxes can include solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets, and cooking utensils. ShelterKits can include toolkits, ropes, and tarpaulins to make emergency shelters, repair buildings, or create new homes. Both ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits are adapted for every disaster or region to best fit the community’s needs.

In F2020, 89% of ShelterBox Canada’s funding went to projects in Ethiopia as overseen by ShelterBox Trust (UK). SBC responded to disasters in 13 countries and provided 103,585 people with emergency shelter and household essentials. SBC reports 11,000 of these people live in Cameroon. The next largest areas that received support were reported as Somaliland (4,500 people), Paraguay (3,000 people), and Bangladesh (3,000 people).

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given ShelterBox Canada an Average impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

SBC reports that through its program, 7,518 lives were changed by Canadian donors in F2020. ShelterBox also conducts surveys to assess the impact of its shelter provision. In the Philippines, SBC reported that 83% of people they spoke to felt increased privacy after they built a shelter or repaired their home. In Paraguay, 84% of people said having emergency shelter gave them the confidence to return home. In Bangladesh, 77% said ShelterBox’s tarpaulins are ideal for sheltering livestock. In Somaliland, 100% of respondents said ShelterBox’s resources protected their items. Other benefits surveyed with positive results were better sleep, increased weather protection, increased access to potable water, and increased comfort.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of ShelterBox’s results and impact.

Impact Rating: Average

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ShelterBox Canada had total donations of $752k in F2020. Administrative costs are 21% of revenues and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. For every dollar donated, 53 cents go to the cause. This is not within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $687k can cover just over two years of annual program costs.

SBC reported that it paid $468k ($810k in F2019) to ShelterBox Trust (UK) to purchase Shelterbox aid. In its Annual Report, SBC notes that there is a lag between when money is committed to ShelterBox Trust and when it is paid, as ShelterBox Trust (UK) invoices Shelterbox Canada once the aid has actually been deployed. Thus, at year-end, SBC had $225k in F2020 ($85k in F2019) in accounts payable to ShelterBox Trust.

­This charity report is an update that has been sent to ShelterBox Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 23, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 21.2%15.5%14.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.5%21.4%19.7%
Total overhead spending 46.8%36.9%33.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 146.7%72.5%69.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 751,846962,8451,116,238
Government funding 52,67700
Investment income 6,0047,3797,412
Total revenues 810,527970,2241,123,650
Program costs - International 468,461810,3481,001,276
Administrative costs 170,696148,792158,531
Fundraising costs 192,040206,264219,598
Total spending 831,1971,165,4041,379,405
Cash flow from operations (20,670)(195,180)(255,755)
Capital spending 0749770
Funding reserves 687,033587,226698,986

Note: Ci used ShelterBox Canada's T3010 filing for its administrative and fundraising costs as its audited financial statements do not report similar fundraising costs. Shelterbox Canada's owes Shelterbox Trust (UK) $225k in F2020, an increase from $85k in F2019. It holds funds to pay these payables.  Charity Intelligence has not adjusted international program spending to reflect this timing delay. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. compensation: $44,236

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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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

ShelterBox Canada is committed to operating as efficiently as possible. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our fundraising revenue. While we have restricted spending on non-program costs as much as possible, our percentage of funds spent on aid is lower than our standard.

ShelterBox Canada directly purchases aid from our suppliers, which is then distributed by ShelterBox Trust (UK). Under this agreement ShelterBox Canada retains control and direction of funds in accordance with CRA requirements for Canadian charities conducting activities outside of Canada. Funds restricted for the purchase and distribution of ShelterBox aid are paid our aid suppliers, once the aid has been delivered to our warehouses. This means there is often a lag before the funds leave our account, this lag has been more pronounced as a result of COVID-19.

In these unprecedented times, ShelterBox Canada remains committed to ensuring no family is left without shelter after disaster. As the economy begins to recover, we will continue to spend our donors money responsibly and effectively, and to improve our ratios as soon as we are able.

Charity Contact

Website: www.shelterboxcanada.org
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001