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List of foundations in Canada

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This is a list of foundations in Canada. Foundations in Canada are registered charities. Under Canadian law, foundations may be public or private; as of 2021, they made up 12% of all registered charities in Canada.[1] As of March 2021, Canada had 4,961 public foundations and 6,189 private.[1]

Canadian foundations collectively comprise a very large asset base for philanthropy. As of 2003, there were over 2,000 active grantmaking foundations in Canada, who had total assets of CA$12.5 billion, with total grants given that year of over $1 billion. In 2018, public and private foundations held around $91.9 billion in assets and made $7 billion in grants.[1]

The largest foundation in Canada as of June 2023 is Mastercard Foundation (private), with $37 billion in assets.


The following is a list of foundations in Canada that have at least CA$10 million in assets, as per their most recent Registered Charity Information Return with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Name Assets (CAD) Type
Atkinson Foundation $77 million (2014)
Azrieli Foundation $1 billion[2] (2014)
British Columbia's Children's Hospital Foundation $362 million (2015)
Calgary Foundation $750 million
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Claridge Foundation $45 million (2014)
Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta $26 million (2016)[3]
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada $48 million
David Suzuki Foundation $16 million (2014)
Donner Canadian Foundation $120 million (2014)
Edmonton Community Foundation, The $140 million
EJLB Foundation, The $80 million
Eldee Foundation $15 million (2014)
F.K. Morrow Foundation $78 million (2014)
Fondation du Grand Montréal $83 million (2014)
Fondation J. Armand Bombardier $175 million (2015)
Fondation J.-Louis Levesque $50 million
Fondation J.A. De Seve $10 million
Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon $2.07 billion (2019)[4]
Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu $220 million
George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, The $130 million
Historica Foundation of Canada unknown
Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, The $470 million
Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal $1.38 Billion
John Dobson Foundation $20 million
J.P. Bickell Foundation $70 million
Judy and Paul Bronfman Charitable Foundation $17.9 million (2014)
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation $470 million
Kinnear Foundation $30 million
Laidlaw Foundation $50 million
Lawson Foundation $70 million
London Community Foundation $68 million (2015)[5]
Macdonald Stewart Foundation, The $50 million
Manning Foundation
Mastercard Foundation $23.7 billion (2021) private
Max Bell Foundation $50 million
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Molson Foundation, The $30 million
Muttart Foundation, The $50 million
New Brunswick Innovation Foundation $35 million
Peter Munk Charitable Foundation $30 million
Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation $99 million (2014)
R. Howard Webster Foundation $90 million
Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation $20.8 million (2015)
Rick Hansen Foundation 13.6 million
Saskatoon Community Foundation $64.3 million
Team Brother Bear unknown
The Winnipeg Foundation 661 million (2014)
Weston Family Foundation $285 million (2014)
Vancity Community Foundation $49 million (2014)
Vancouver Foundation $986 million (2014)
Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation $60 million


  1. ^ a b c "Canadian Foundation Facts". Philanthropic Foundations Canada. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  2. ^ Hill, Michael. "Naomi Azrieli-Heritage and Legacy". Dolce. Dolce Vita Luxury Magazine. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2017-08-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Blumberg, Mark and Henri Pasha, « Which Canadian charities had the largest assets in 2019? », CanadianCharityLaw.ca, September 6, 2021, https://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Which-Canadian-charities-had-the-largest-assets-in-2019.pdf
  5. ^ "Financial Information | London Community Foundation". Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-10-26.

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