YMCA of Greater Toronto

2200 Yonge St., Unit 300
Toronto, ON M4S 2C6
President & CEO: Medhat Mahdy
Board Chair: John MacIntyre

Charitable Reg. #:11930 7080 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 54 cents are available for programs.

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About YMCA of Greater Toronto:

YMCA of Greater Toronto is a 3-star rated charity with best practice in financial transparency and above average accountability to donors as seen in the B+ results reporting grade. For every dollar donated to this charity, 54 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity's long-term debts exceed its liquid assets resulting in a negative program cost coverage figure.

Founded in 1868, YMCA of Greater Toronto (YMCA GTA) promotes personal growth, community involvement, and leadership. Its vision is to ensure that the Greater Toronto Area is home to healthy children, teenagers, and adults. Currently, YMCA of Greater Toronto reports that 95% of children aged 5 to 17 in the GTA do not meet daily exercise recommendations. YMCA GTA runs more than 450 centres across the Greater Toronto Area, offering health and fitness activities, childcare, youth programs, and employment services.

In F2021, YMCA GTA states that it made a total of 283,458 connections with members of the GTA community (down 54% from 622,457 in F2019). This included 80,052 uses of childcare and family services, 75,098 visits to health and fitness programs, and 65,070 members of youth programs. YMCA GTA’s employment services provide career guidance and workshops while its immigrant services offer language programs and settlement advice. It reports that employment services reached 4,405 clients whereas immigrant services reached 33,484. YMCA GTA also offers camps and outdoor education programs over the summer or during the school year. It reported 2,989 connections at its camps in F2021. The charity states that it also made 425 connections on a global setting.

YMCA GTA provides financial assistance to clients in need through subsidized childcare and gym memberships. In F2021, it provided over $500k in assistance to 11,947 clients, down from $5.8m in F2019.

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Results and Impact

In 2017, YMCA GTA used survey data from 12,332 YMCA members and 8,720 non-members in the GTA to measure its results. It found that YMCA members were 19% more likely to report high life satisfaction and 7% more likely to report high mental health than non-members. YMCA members were also 2% more likely to report high belonging and high general health.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of YMCA of Greater Toronto’s results and impact.

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In F2021, YMCA of Greater Toronto reported $2.9m in donations. It also received $188.9m in government funding (81% of revenues) and $29.1m in fees for service from programs and memberships (12% of revenues). Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 40% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 46%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 54 cents go to the cause. This falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

YMCA GTA has $124.9m in long-term debts, exceeding its liquid assets of $70.2m and resulting in a negative program cost coverage figure. These debts represent loans to finance the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre YMCA construction and additional loans for the Cooper Koo Family YMCA and McDonald Family YMCA. Excluding debts, YMCA GTA’s gross funding reserves can cover almost three months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to YMCA of Greater Toronto for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 8, 2022 by Angelina Curwin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.9%6.0%6.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 39.6%48.3%25.2%
Total overhead spending 46.4%54.3%31.3%
Program cost coverage (%) (29.0%)(20.2%)(10.5%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,9193,5477,196
Government funding 188,886132,728131,036
Fees for service 29,073132,001125,952
Investment income 5,738342364
Other income 6,4135,5536,525
Total revenues 233,029274,171271,073
Program costs - International 306091
Program costs - Canada 188,850250,850237,342
Administrative costs 15,60316,51816,560
Fundraising costs 1,1551,7131,811
Total spending 205,638269,141255,804
Cash flow from operations 27,3915,03015,269
Capital spending 34,10940,36633,359
Funding reserves (54,698)(50,712)(25,001)

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions affecting revenue by ($2.0m) in F2021, ($3.1m) in F2020, and ($6.1m) in F2019. Ci was unable to adjust for deferred capital contributions received as it was unclear if the contributions were government capital or campaign capital. Ci included fair value changes in investments, affecting total revenues by $4.3m in F2021, ($638k) in F2020, and ($346k). Ci included endowment contributions in donations, affecting total revenues by $26k in F2021, $42k in F2020, and $75k in F2019. Ci gathered international, administrative, and fundraising costs from T3010 filings with the CRA and removed the amounts from Canadian program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2,884

Avg. compensation: $47,834

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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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.ymcagta.org
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