WCS Canada

About Us

Our Vision

WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on Earth.

Our Mission

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

What We Do

WCS Canada focuses on saving the best of the wild -- rich landscapes where wildlife conservation can be achieved at a large scale -- because others don’t. Governments and industry give too little attention to the effect of cumulative impacts of development and climate change on ecosystems. WCS is drawing attention to the need to secure a natural legacy for future generations. We do field research on wildlife and share our results, and we provide advice on conservation policies and planning for protected areas.

WCS Canada is a federally registered charitable organization, Charitable no. BN 85425 5882 RR0001, supported by individuals, foundations, government grants, and progressive corporations.

Our Conservation Successes

  • WCS Canada research on habitat use by caribou and grizzly bear demonstrated the need to expand Nahanni National Park. In 2009 the federal government followed our recommendations, increasing the park size sevenfold -- from 4,766 sq. km to 30,745 sq. km.
  • Research by WCS Canada on the ecological importance of the Flathead River Valley, on the B.C.-Montana border, led to a ban on mining and oil and gas exploration in the upper basin.
  • WCS Canada’s Dr. Don Reid was a special advisor to the Peel Watershed Commission, which recommended protection for 81% of this pristine Yukon watershed, based on his conservation assessment.
  • WCS Canada played a major role guiding the development of a National Recovery Strategy for Boreal Caribou. This groundbreaking plan will benefit many boreal species.
  • WCS Canada has advised the Province of Ontario on development of conservation legislation, including the Endangered Species Act and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Act, by ensuring both acts were based on solid conservation science.

Our Finances

WCS Canada audited financial statements are available for the last three fiscal years. Our fiscal year ends 30th June annually. As all charities are required to do, we report additional financial information to the Canada Revenue Agency annually.

2013 Financial Report

For more information please contact our Assistant Director, Gillian Woolmer.

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Key Staff

Justina C. Ray
WCS Canada President & Senior Scientist


WCS Canada
344 Bloor Street West, Suite 204 Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3A7
(416) 850-9038