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This ground-breaking report, available in both French and English, provides the first comprehensive analysis of Canada’s sector of humane societies and SPCAs. Using data from a cross-Canada survey and the Canada Revenue Agency’s Registered Charity Information Returns, we look at the sector’s contributions to Canadian society, the volunteer and financial support it receives and some of the challenges it faces.
This report was prepared by Humane Canada (also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies). As the national voice for animal welfare, Humane Canada represents humane societies and SPCAs across Canada, driving positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals. Humane Societies and SPCAs in Canada: A comprehensive look at the sector was funded by Humane Canada, as well as a major donor and five of our member societies. We thank Animal Welfare Agency South Central Ontario (AWASCO), BC SPCA, Montreal SPCA, Ottawa Humane Society and Toronto Humane Society in helping to make this report possible.
- Humane Canada estimates that more than 103,000 investigations were carried out by Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs in 2014.
- Overall, 21% of the revenue in our sector came from government funding – the majority coming from municipal sources.
- Less than 50% of the costs of enforcing provincial or federal animal cruelty legislation are covered by government funding despite our mandate to enforce the law.
- 45% of the total sector revenue of $187.8 million comes directly from donations, with 85% of donation revenue coming from individual donors. The result is that the responsibility of protecting animals in Canadian society is falling mainly to individual donors and the charities they support.
- 93% of Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs operate animal shelters. In 2014, these organizations spent an estimated $118.4 million sheltering more than 278,000 animals.
- 67% of responding Humane Societies and SPCAs deliver humane education programs in their communities.
- Public financial support of Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs is on par with public support of arts and culture initiatives or development/housing organizations.
- Canada’s 125 humane societies and SPCAs employ close to 2,000 staff, supported by an estimated 26,000 volunteers.
Go here to download your copy of the report.
Humane Canada™, also known as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, is looking to partner with dynamic and innovative organizations that share our values and commitment to animal welfare and wish to promote a thriving animal welfare sector in Canada. Our partners include private businesses, industry groups and municipalities.
Does your organization:
- Support a strong animal welfare sector and recognize the role of humane societies and SPCAs in building a humane Canada?
- Offer expertise in areas that help strengthen the humane movement?
- Provide socially-responsible products and services to animal welfare agencies and the public?
- Seek an easy way to communicate with animal welfare agencies in every corner of the country?
If this sounds like your organization, then we would like to hear from you. Let’s discuss partnership opportunities and how can work together! You can contact Derek deLouche, Director of Resource Development and Member Services at Humane Canada™ at 1-888-678-2347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Frederic A. McGrand’s life was guided by a deep passion and commitment to animal welfare. As a founding director and past president of Humane Canada™, Senator McGrand left an important philosophical legacy to Canada’s animal welfare movement. Before his death in 1988, he established a charitable trust to continue his work for animals, which includes an endowment to support SPCAs and humane societies in Atlantic Canada and a lifetime achievement award to acknowledge significant contributions to animal welfare in Canada.
Who can apply?
Organizations must be located in Atlantic Canada and must be a member of Humane Canada™ to apply for the grant. Learn more about becoming a Humane Canada™ member.
Preference will be given to organizations that are incorporated and registered charities.
What programs are eligible for a McGrand Trust Grant?
Senator Frederic A. McGrand’s principal interest was humane education; therefore, applications must focus on projects or programs in this area. The definition of humane education includes any activity that instructs, or aids instruction, with the purpose of fostering compassion and respect towards animals and so can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Production of fact sheets or brochures on animal welfare issues (i.e.: spay/neuter, cruelty, pet care)
- Preparation of lesson guides for teaching
- Humane education for school-age children
- School visitation programs
- Newsletters with humane education as their theme
- Humane education displays (posters, pictures, etc.)
- Purchase or development of humane education materials/videos
Grants will not be awarded for any capital project or shelter operating cost.
Although the size and scope of operation and budget are not primary factors in the committee’s decisions, we request a detailed project description, information on your most recent financial statements and budget, and information on other relevant shelter programs.
It is extremely important to the committee that the application form be filled out in full and that detailed information is given on the uses to which any grant will be put. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The completed application must include information on the need for the project (i.e.: to improve humane education in local schools), outline of the protocol for the project, target audiences, how the project will be evaluated and the budget and timeline for completion. The qualifications of the person directing the project should also be provided. Please review the Grant Checklist document to ensure that you have submitted all relevant information.
Applications will be judged by a number of criteria, including originality, potential impact on animal welfare and number of animals affected, time frame, the need for the program and public engagement.
Organizations receiving grants will be asked to submit a report showing specifically how the funds were spent. Any changes in expenditure that were not in the original application must be noted. Grantees should provide evidence of accomplishment of the funded project. A satisfactory financial statement showing how the past grant was used must also be submitted.
McGrand Trust Grants have been awarded as education scholarships to the organizations below to allow them to attend the National Animal Welfare Conference.
Recipients have included these Humane Canada™ member societies:
- Fredericton SPCA
- Greater Moncton SPCA
- Nova Scotia SPCA
- SPCA St. John’s
For further information, please contact:
(The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
102-30 Concourse Gate
Ottawa, ON K2E 7V7
Telephone: 1-888-678-2347 / (613) 224-8072 ext. 20
Fax: (613) 723-0252
Humane Canada's™ work to help improve the lives of animals across Canada would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners.
We are pleased to recognize the following foundations and organizations for their support.