Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

4120 Rideau Valley Drive N. 
Manotick, ON K4M 1A3
Founder: Jane Thornton
Board Chair: Heather Skuce

Charitable Reg. #: 10684 6819 RR0001
Sector: Social Services
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C+

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 available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #17

Avg. Compensation $50,282

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 5
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

Founded in 1984, the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) strives to assist visually impaired Canadians with their mobility by providing and training them in the use of professionally trained Guide Dogs.  The program is carried out at a 9-acre training centre outside of Manotick, Ontario. The centre has a kennel that houses up to 30 dogs.


There are two core services offered by this organization:  Guide Dogs for those who are visually impaired to provide them with mobility and independence; and Assistance Dogs for those affected with a mobility related disability. The services are provided free of charge to accepted applicants. Ongoing programs to support the core services include the Puppy Walking Program, where litters of pups are placed into foster families for one year until they are brought back to begin their formal training, and the Training Apprenticeship Program, where dog trainees go through an extensive three-year program to become a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.

Financial Review:

In 2013, the administrative costs of CGDB were 11% of revenues and fundraising costs were 11% of donations. CGDB has funding reserves of $9.6m (including $239k in donor-endowed funds) which cover annual program costs 7.6 times.


Updated August 13, 2015 by Yash Ahuja.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.5%10.7%7.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.1%12.5%9.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 759.7%665.6%779.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,388,6971,358,8792,255,717
Lotteries (net) 93,058104,436100,031
Business activities (net) 22,17426,35125,642
Investment income 524,611620,769357,430
Total revenues 2,028,5402,110,4352,738,820
Program costs 1,270,2441,390,8341,150,570
Administrative costs 157,690159,575189,070
Fundraising costs 154,666170,088206,509
Cash flow from operations 445,940389,9381,192,671
Funding reserves 9,649,6329,257,9948,971,115
Note: Ci adjusted revenues to reflect deferred capital contributions in the year received, affecting donations by ($3k) in 2013, ($3k) in 2012 and ($4k) in 2011. Testamentary bequests were added to revenues, increasing revenues by $0.4m in 2013, $0.5m in 2012 and $1.4m in 2011.

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