Breakfast Club of Canada

135-G de Mortagne Blvd.
Boucherville, QC J4B 6G4
Vice President: Marie-Claude Bienvenue
Board Chair: Pierre Riel

Charitable Reg. #:86607 3133 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Breakfast Club of Canada:

Founded in 1994, Breakfast Club of Canada (Club des petits déjeuners) feeds healthy breakfasts to children across Canada. One in five children in Canada are at risk of starting their school day on an empty stomach, and for indigenous children this number is increased to one in two. This equates to approximately 1 million children who may not eat breakfast daily because their families do not have enough money to buy nutritious food. When children do not eat until lunch, there are negative effects on their behavior, concentration, and overall academic performance. Breakfast Club of Canada (BCOC) reports that its breakfast clubs receive a daily attendance of 220,426 people.

Breakfast Club of Canada provides food and supplies, funding, kitchen equipment, and volunteers to the individual clubs. BCOC operates in 4 regions: Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada. The charity served 37 million meals at 1,643 clubs in F2018. Having served 22 million meals in F2018, the largest region is Ontario. BCOC reports that as of F2018, 522 clubs were on a waiting list.

BCOC hosts leadership camps for its children volunteers. In F2018, one third of its volunteers were students, who were invited to leadership camps in various locations across the country. In F2018, BCOC ran 3, six-day camps, attended by 135 children. BCOC reports that 91% of participants stated they learned how to set goals and work towards achieving them through these camps.

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Results and Impact

Starting in 2015, Breakfast Club of Canada decided to compile and analyze data related to programming. In F2018, 41 schools’ administrations with breakfast clubs were surveyed to find the program’s impact. Of these schools, 50% observed better class attendance and over 50% reported that children's attention span doubled. In addition, schools reported that behavioural incidents dropped by 71%, 22% of schools saw an increase in fruit consumption, and schools saw half as many physical health and mental health issues. In addition, 180 parents of children in these programs were surveyed. Results showed that 75% said that their morning routine is less rushed, resulting in lower stress levels, 59% said they were less worried about their kids’ nutritional intake, and 32% said that their kids ask for fruits and veggies now.

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Breakfast Club of Canada is a large-sized charity, with donations of $12.9m in F2018. Funding from governments totaled $809k, representing 5% of revenue. Administrative costs were 2% of revenues (excluding investment income), and its fundraising costs were 26% of donations. For every dollar donated, 72 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Breakfast Club of Canada has $7.5m in total funding reserves, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 59%. This means that the charity can cover 7 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Breakfast Club of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 27, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson. Financial transparency updated on December 9, 2019 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.7%2.2%2.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.9%23.8%23.8%
Total overhead spending 27.6%26.0%26.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 59.1%47.0%32.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,92011,72611,729
Goods in kind 3,0682,6953,160
Government funding 809855626
Fees for service 439415401
Investment income 683524
Other income 11320
Total revenues 17,31515,72915,961
Program costs 8,7267,7707,806
Grants 3,9623,8193,413
Administrative costs 286340370
Fundraising costs 3,3492,7912,792
Total spending 16,32314,72014,381
Cash flow from operations 9921,0081,580
Capital spending 9468161
Funding reserves 7,5005,4433,659

Note: Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital contributions affecting revenues by ($29k) in F2018, ($29k) in F2017, and ($295k) in F0216. Ci has adjusted for the loss on write-off of deferred contributions by ($nil) in F2018, ($51k) in F2017, and ($nil) in F2016. Ci has adjusted loss on write-off of intangible assets and loss on disposal of tangible capital assets, affecting expenses by ($8k) in F2018, ($58k) in F2017, and ($10k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 89

Avg. Compensation $39,712

Top 10 staff salary range

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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