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CPAWS is Canada’s only charity dedicated to protecting public land, fresh water and the sea with a strong national and regional presence across the country. We work in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of indigenous nations, and is focused on conserving nature to respond to the dual crises of accelerated loss of biodiversity and climate change.

With almost 60 years of success, we are Canada’s leader in conservation and have played a key role in protecting over half a million square kilometers – an area larger than the entire Yukon Territory! Our vision is that at least half of Canada’s land, freshwater and ocean are permanently protected to sustain nature and humans for present and future generations.

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At first glance:

Year of establishment: 1963

Total revenue for the last financial year: $ 13,317,562

Twitter: @cpaws

Facebook: / CPAWS

Instagram: @cpaws_national

LinkedIn: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

Top sources of funding:

  • Foundation: 47%
  • Individual: 19%
  • Government: 28%
  • Company: 2%
  • Other: 4%

Geographical focus area: National office located in Ottawa, Ontario with 13 regional branches across Canada working locally at grassroots level with conservation campaigns.

How you can help

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Canada is committed to protecting 25% of Canada by 2025 and 30% by 2030 – ambitious yet achievable goals if we act now! At CPAWS, our priority is to take advantage of this opportunity. With your support, we will continue to drive conservation work forward both nationally and provincially with our regional departments across the country, we will build our capacity to deliver on-site conservation measures, and we will inspire Canadians to stand together as the voice of nature when we are fighting biodiversity and the climate crises.


Help make a difference in your community by connecting to your local CPAWS chapter. We work from coast to coast to coast to protect more of Canada’s iconic land, sea landscapes and wildlife.

Events and fundraising

Get your will written for free – and make a difference for the future

In November, CPAWS sponsors Free Wills Month in the Ottawa Valley, allowing people over the age of 55 to have their wills written for free. An updated will gives you peace of mind and a gift in your will costs nothing in your lifetime but can make a difference for many years to come. While there is no obligation to leave a gift to CPAWS, we hope you will consider this wonderful opportunity to secure our future. For more information, please see

Distribution Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Giving Tuesday is an international day dedicated to giving back that follows in the footsteps of Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday.

Follow us on social media to learn how to join CPAWS. Together we can make a big difference!

Board members and executive boards

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Laura Colella is chair of the National Board of Trustees of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society; Sandra Schwartz is the National CEO

Sandra Schwartz

National CEO

Laura Colella

Chairman, National Board

John Grandy (ON)

Vice President

Lavinia Mohr (ON)

Treasurer and Chairman, Finance Committee

Richard Paisley (BC)

Chairman, Committee on Legal Affairs

Amber Walker (NS)

Chairman of the Management Committee

Charles Côté (QC)

Jim Donohue (AB)

Nikita Lopoukhine (ON)

Ina Lucila (AB)

Donald McMurty (ON)

Kathy Scalzo (BC)

Jennifer Smith (QC)

Alex Tzannidakis (ON)

Erik Val (YT)

Denise Withers (BC)

Financing priorities

  • Parks and protected areas
  • Sea and fresh water
  • Wildlife and species in danger
  • Outdoor teaching and outreach
  • Climate change

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