2 Carlton Street, East Mezzanine
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
President & CEO: Anthony Wilson-Smith
Board Chair: Stephen Smith

Charitable Reg. #:88543 4720 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 45 cents are available for programs.

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About Historica Canada :

Historica Canada is a 1-star charity. It is not financially transparent and has a low results reporting grade. Its overhead costs are outside of Charity Intelligence's reasonable range. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence's report. 

In 2009, The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute merged to form The Historia-Dominion Institute. In 2013 the charity changed its name to Historica Canada. Historica Canada aims to increase awareness of Canadian history and citizenship through 5 programs: Indigenous Arts and Stories; Citizenship Challenge; Heritage Minutes; Memory Project, and Canadian Encyclopedia. The charity does not provide a breakdown of its spending on its programs. 

The Indigenous Arts and Stories program is an art and creative writing competition for Canadian Indigenous youth. Historica Canada reports more than 5,500 youth have participated over the last 15 years.

Citizenship Challenge is a mock citizenship exam made to test Canadian knowledge. The charity reports 1,210,414 people have taken the test since its creation.

Heritage Minutes is a collection of one-minute films that re-enact stories about important people or events in Canadian history. Historica Canada currently has 98 episodes available, including two new additions in 2022.

The Memory Project program allows Canadian war veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their stories. Historica Canada reports that its stories have reached three million Canadians since 2001.

Canadian Encyclopedia is an online database of 19,500 articles about Canada and its history. The Encyclopedia also contains more than 30,000 multimedia items including images, maps, games, audio, and video. Historica Canada claims Canadian Encyclopedia is the largest collection of authored, accurate, and updated articles focused on Canada’s history and culture.

Encounters with Canada was a youth forum in Ottawa. This week-long trip focuses on career pathways and Canadian history. Historica Canada reports over 113,000 students participated in Encounters with Canada. In January 2021, Historica Canada announced the cancellation of this program after its suspension due to covid-19. 

June 2022: Historica Canada's podcast Strong and Free: John Ware, The Legend of Canada's First Black Cowboy won a RTDNA award for best podcast.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence was unable to find any quantified outcomes on Historica Canada's website. This may not be a complete representation of Historica Canada's results and impact. 

Historica Canada is not yet rated for demonstrated impact (n/r).

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Historica Canada had donations of $2.7m in F2021. Fundraising costs are 30% of donations and administrative costs are 25% of revenues. This results in total overhead costs of 55%. For each dollar donated, 45 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $18.5m can cover program costs for over four years at the F2021 level. 

In F2022, Historica Canada paid external fundraisers $686K to collect $1.3m in donations for a cost of 55 cents to raise one dollar.

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

Updated on August 23, 2022 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 24.8%13.7%17.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 29.7%36.7%27.0%
Total overhead spending 54.5%50.4%44.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 409.6%183.4%185.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,7482,9132,594
Government funding 4,7756,9786,636
Fees for service 01,8162,210
Other income 81245290
Total revenues 7,60411,95211,730
Program costs 4,5068,6728,914
Administrative costs 1,8861,6412,089
Fundraising costs 8171,069699
Total spending 7,21011,38311,702
Cash flow from operations 39456928
Capital spending 39189119
Funding reserves 18,45615,90316,564

Note: Ci could not break out changes in government vs. non-government deferred contributions and therefore could not adjust for deferred donations. Similarly, Ci could not differentiate between donor-endowed and board-endowed funds and therefore could not adjust the reported funding reserves accordingly. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 36

Avg. compensation: $89,295

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.historicacanada.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001