Youth Employment Services

555 Richmond St. W, Suite 711 - Box 115
Toronto, ON M5V 3B1
President & CEO: Timothy Lang
Board Chair: James O'Reilly

Charitable Reg. #:83275 6720 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 92 cents are available for programs.

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About Youth Employment Services:

Youth Employment Services is a 4-star charity. It is financially transparent, has overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range, and has above-average reporting of its results for donors. 


Founded in 1968, Youth Employment Services (YES) is the largest youth employment counselling centre in Canada. The charity helps young people facing barriers to employment, such as homelessness, a lack of formal education, a criminal record, and drug abuse, find jobs. YES believes that employment is empowerment and leads to safe and healthy communities. YES works to empower disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.


Youth Employment Services offers over 25 employment counselling, training, and placement programs. Some key programs it highlights include Employment Services, Youth Job Connection, and Youth Collaboration, all of which help youth find and keep jobs. The charity does not provide a breakdown of spending on its programs. 


Youth Employment Services provides young people with professional counselling and training. Its training techniques are used as a teaching model for other employment services across Canada and worldwide. In F2021, YES served 9,393 youth through its programs and 1,670 youth through its job search workshops. The charity reports that it worked with thousands of employers to secure work placements for youth and paid out $5.7m in wage subsidies and training allowances to employers and clients to cover training costs. 

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Results and Impact

Youth Employment Services reports an 83% success rate in job, training, or education results in F2021. This means 83% of YES' clients were employed, in school, or in training when they finished YES' programming. Three months after exiting the program, 77% of clients remained employed, in school, or in training.  


While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Youth Employment Services' results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r). 

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Youth Employment Services had total donations of $1.6m in F2021. The charity also received $13.0m in government funding, representing 85% of revenues. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 8%. For every dollar donated, 92 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 


YES has $8.9m in funding reserves. The charity could cover 66% or almost eight months of its annual program costs with reserves. 


This charity report is an update that has been sent to Youth Employment Services for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.


Updated on August 22, 2022, by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.0%3.6%3.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.3%7.9%7.5%
Total overhead spending 8.3%11.5%10.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 65.6%52.9%51.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,6401,2131,221
Government funding 13,03913,40414,781
Investment income 64020252
Other income 84072
Total revenues 15,40314,63816,326
Program costs 13,61713,79214,693
Administrative costs 586521495
Fundraising costs 719692
Other costs 111
Total spending 14,27414,41015,280
Cash flow from operations 1,1292281,046
Capital spending 101123294
Funding reserves 8,9387,3017,507

Note: Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci included revenues from the special projects fund in total revenues. Ci reported investment fees in investment income, decreasing revenues and increasing expenses by $24k in F2021, $22k in F2020, and $21k in F2019. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 88

Avg. compensation: $76,239

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 F2021

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