Canadian National Institute for the Blind

1929 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON M4G 3E8
President & CEO: John M. Rafferty
Board Chair: John Matheson

Charitable Reg. #: 11921 9459 RR0003
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Social Results Reporting

Grade: B

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #708

Avg. Compensation $62,073

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 2
$160k - $200k 3
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Canadian National Institute for the Blind:

Founded in 1918, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is a nationwide charity that supports Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. CNIB is headquartered in Toronto and has more than 50 local offices across Canada. It also promotes awareness of vision health through public education. The charity estimates that half a million Canadians are living with significant vision loss that impacts their quality of life, and every year more than 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight. CNIB researchers have determined that the price tag for vision loss in Canada has risen to $19b per year in lost productivity, healthcare, and other costs.

The CNIB is active in three areas: community-based support, research, and advocacy. The charity's support activities include a variety of training and rehabilitation programs as well as Canada's largest library of accessible materials. CNIB is currently working with government on policy issues such as improving the Disability Tax Credit, increasing access to alternate-format material for Canadians with a print disability, and instituting a nationwide Assistive Devices program. The charity estimates that its specialists provided more than 400,000 hours of rehabilitation therapy to Canadians living with vision loss last year.

Financial Review:

The CNIB's administrative costs were 4% of revenues and fundraising costs were 43% of donations. The CNIB has funding reserves of $15.2m (excluding interest bearing liabilities of $16.9m and donor-endowed funds of $9.4m), which cover 10% of annual program costs.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.7%3.9%3.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 43.4%40.6%47.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 26.5%37.5%31.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 26,69230,00229,285
Government funding 26,83626,19222,021
Fees for service 1,3631,5071,508
Lotteries (net) 1,8982,1482,293
Business activities (net) 3,7333,9263,802
Investment income 2,4731,944677
Other income 2,6341,9763,200
Total revenues 65,62967,69562,786
Program costs 57,39954,34457,148
Administrative costs 2,3532,5292,361
Fundraising costs 11,58812,18413,765
Other costs 1,2931,0151,681
Cash flow from operations (7,004)(2,377)(12,169)
Funding reserves 15,23520,35417,792
Note: Ci reports revenues and expenses on a cash basis. Unrealized losses/gains on investments and gain on sale of capital assets have been excluded from revenues, affecting revenues by ($2.7m) in F2015, ($5.6m) in F2014 and ($3m) in F2013. Deferred capital contributions have also been excluded from revenues, reducing them by $1.3m in F2015, $1.8m in F2014, and $1.3m in F2013. Lottery income is reported net of expenses. This reduced both revenues and expenses by $7.8m in F2015, $7.4m in F2014, and $7.3m in F2013.

Comments added by the Charity:

[Charity Intelligence note: This profile has recently been updated. The comments that follow apply to an earlier version and may be revised.]

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

To do that, our dedicated specialists work with people of all ages in their own homes, communities or local CNIB offices – providing the personalized rehabilitation support they need to see beyond vision loss, build their independence and lead the lives they want.

In addition to our community-based services, we also work hand-in-hand with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to advocate for a barrier-free society, and we strive to eliminate avoidable sight loss with world-class research and by promoting the importance of vision health through public education.

To make a donation or learn more, visit or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.

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