A financial transformation – a letter from our CEO

25 July 2018

Every day I hear a story about someone who has been affected by cancer. With 1 in 2 Canadians diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, every story is important and unique. And each story reminds me of the need for us to work together and take innovative and courageous action on cancer in Canada.

Without a doubt, 2017 was a historic year for the Canadian Cancer Society – marked by bold steps to address challenges, build on successes and innovate for the future. Most notably, in February 2017, we joined forces with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, bringing together two of the largest national health charities in an unprecedented merger. While these steps weren’t easy, they were critically important to ensure we were using donor dollars to have the greatest impact on all those affected by cancer.

Here we are one year later. Our incredible 28% year-over-year reduction in fundraising and administration expenses is evidence of our collective hard work on behalf of all those we serve. You may have seen that our success was featured in a news story by the Canadian Press which ran in a wide range of media outlets a few weeks ago.

Despite a challenging year, we remained committed to funding groundbreaking cancer research and maintained all our core programs and services for people affected by cancer. These include lodges and transportation for people who have to travel far from home for treatment, peer support programs and a Cancer Information Service that provides trusted information to Canadians across the country.

We are unique among the many cancer charities in Canada because we are the only organization in the country that funds cancer research and helps people affected by more than 100 types of cancer through our support and information programs.

Though we’ve made some solid strides this year, we’re not prepared to rest on our laurels and know there’s more work to be done. Thank you for all your support. We believe in a world where no Canadian fears cancer and together, we are taking meaningful steps forward to make that vision a reality.


Lynne Hudson
President & CEO, Canadian Cancer Society