Plan International Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #:11892 8993 RR0001


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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) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About Plan International Canada:

Founded in 1968, Plan Canada is the Canadian branch and fundraising arm of Plan International. Plan International works to advance the rights of children and equality for girls around the world. Plan was created during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. During World War II it was known as Foster Parents Plan to help displaced children all over Europe. As Europe recovered, Plan pivoted to international development.

Plan International today is a partnership of 20 national Plan organizations that raise money to work in 53 developing countries. Plan Canada is the second-largest partner and raises 18% of Plan International’s global revenues (Plan Germany is the largest raising 22%). Plan Canada works to help poor children around the world in seven core areas: education, healthcare, water and sanitation, child protection, child participation, economic empowerment, and disaster responses. In F2019, Plan Canada supported 1,984 projects in more than 75 countries. Plan International supports 3,775,590 children across all programs.

Maternal and child health represented 37% of international program spending in F2019. Plan Canada distributed 20,000 delivery kits and provided health support and education to 855,146 children. Also, 2,300 health committee members were trained on maternal and reproductive health.

Emergencies and food assistance represented 17% of international program spending in F2019. In March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. In response, Plan Canada provided 34,887 people with tents, blankets, and solar lamps. The charity also distributed water purification tablets, hygiene kits and home repair materials to 19,124 residents. Further, about 6,000 girls were provided with menstrual hygiene kits.

Sexual and reproductive health represented 13% of international program spending in F2019. The charity reports that 111,000 girls attending school have received comprehensive sexual health education. Plan Canada has also empowered 1,700 girls through sanitary pad enterprises. The charity provides training and materials to girls to create effective, low-cost sanitary pads. In turn, participants make a profit and are able to stay in school.   

Education represented 13% of international program spending in F2019. The charity focuses its efforts on supporting children who are out of school, marginalized and those living in crises due to emergencies. In F2019, Plan Canada provided 239,530 children with access to education.

Child protection represented 9% of international program spending in F2019. Plan Canada protects children by advocating for stronger laws and providing children with essential life skills. In F2019, the charity educated 15,580 children on their right to protection. Also, Plan Canada reports having protected 153,997 from violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

The remaining 11% of international program spending went to economic security (4%), water & sanitation (3%), and other (4%). 

In F2019, Plan Canada spent $19.1m (including amortization) on Canadian program spending. The charity reports that spending included costs of personnel, travel and other expenses directly related to supporting international programs. Spending also included costs incurred in Canada toward the goal of enhancing youth and public engagement in international development.

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Results and Impact

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

Plan Canada's 20 Million Reasons campaign aims to improve the lives of 20 million children by 2022. The campaign reached over 53,000 pregnant women in Rukwa and saved 826 premature babies due to trained health care workers. Plan Canada has also launched a mobile app in Bangladesh with campaign funds. The app confirms the true age of a bride and groom has stopped over 3,700 under-age marriages during its 6-month pilot period. 

In response to Cyclone Idai, Plan Canada delivered life-saving food and funds to 24,700 households. Also, a clean water source was provided to a town of 20,000 people whose water system was wiped out. 

Plan Canada reports seeing significant improvements, based on one-year results from its maternal and child health programs in five countries. The number of children vaccinated against measles is up from 41% to 66%. The number of women who received care from a skilled health provider at least four times during pregnancy is up from 46% to 63%.

Impact Rating: Fair

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Plan Canada is a Major 100 charity, meaning that it is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. In F2019, Plan Canada received $106.2m in donations in F2019, up from $104.9m in F2018. 69% of donations were for child sponsorships and 31% were general contributions. Plan Canada received $61.8m in international donations and $48.9m in donations from the Canadian government. In F2019, the charity received $22.9m in donated goods, such as food, bed nets, and medicine.

Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 26% of donations. For every dollar donated, 66 cents go the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The foundation holds $61.5m in funding reserves, of which $3m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Plan Canada can cover 3.7 months of annual program costs.

In F2019, Plan Canada provided $144.5m to Plan International. 

In F2018, Plan Canada paid external fundraisers $13.7m to raise $38.8m. In other words, it costs Plan Canada $0.35 to raise $1 through external fundraisers.

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

Updated on June 19, 2020 by Tenzin Shomar.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.5%7.3%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.7%24.4%24.2%
Total overhead spending 34.1%31.7%31.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 30.6%28.0%30.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 106,219104,878100,250
International donations 61,83665,60658,179
Goods in kind 22,88123,88133,234
Government funding 48,93841,94431,347
Investment income 1,310160141
Total revenues 241,184236,469223,151
Program costs - International 172,931175,060164,956
Program costs - Canada 18,59216,13616,362
Administrative costs 20,37117,27015,441
Fundraising costs 27,24525,56924,304
Total spending 239,139234,035221,063
Cash flow from operations 2,0452,4342,088
Capital spending 572989467
Funding reserves 61,50456,48357,786

Note: Ci adjusted for amortization of capital and intangible assets on a pro-rata basis from administrative, fundraising, and Canadian program costs. Ci reported change in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting revenues by ($146k) in F2019, ($71k) in F2018, and $77k in F2017. Ci reported endowment fund contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $45k in F2019, $136k in F2018, and $153k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 225

Avg. Compensation: $92,277

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments were made by Plan Canada in the year 2014. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

Plan International Canada Inc. (“Plan Canada”) has been a member of the Plan International global federation (“Plan”) since 1968. Plan Canada is a not-for-profit corporation, federally incorporated without share capital and granted status as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada), and continued under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act on September 18, 2014.

Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not-for-profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Worldwide, Plan is a global federation made up of different legal entities operating in many countries around the world under the Plan name and brand.  Plan International has built a reputation as one of the world's most effective and responsible development agencies.

Accountability to our donors, our partners and to the children, families and communities that we work with across 51 program countries is paramount. Annually, Plan Canada complies with all prescribed annual regulatory requirements including Canada Revenue Agency and Imagine Canada Accreditation Program. Plan Canada’s financial statements are audited on an annual basis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PWC”), who conduct their audit in accordance with the recently issued Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations (“ASNPO”) and are the same standards that apply to our peer organizations. This ensures integrity and transparency of our financial results on a basis that is consistent between organizations. Plan Canada’s and Plan’s current and past annual reviews and financial statements are available at

Plan Canada respects Charity Intelligence’s choice to recast financial information using Non-ASNPO measures for the purposes of trying to achieve comparability amongst organizations. Given that these measures are not sanctioned by any regulatory authority and that these measures do not consider an organization’s operating complexity, our belief is that these measures will further confuse users. We fully support a donor's right to do their own independent research and be fully informed as to how they choose to spend their philanthropic dollars. Accordingly, Plan Canada directs interested parties to visit the Plan Canada website at to see the depth and breadth of information available and to better understand how Plan Canada is contributing to helping children and their communities.

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