Community Living Toronto

20 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2S7
Executive Director: Brad Saunders
Board President: Susan Silma

Charitable Reg. #:10769 4143 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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Community Living Toronto:

Founded in 1948, Community Living Toronto (CLT) supports people who have an intellectual disability, working to ensure that their rights are respected, and they can make choices in their own lives. The charity reports 70% of adults with an intellectual disability live in poverty. CLT supported 3,661 people in F2021. The charity reports its three largest programs are Community Participation, Residential, and Greatest Needs. 

Community Participation accounted for 38% of program spending in F2020. The program aims to help people with intellectual disabilities interact with their communities. Services include early childhood support, community and family support, and adult development programs and recreation. 1,223 individuals received community supports in F2020. Friendly Connections, an online service that helps people stay connected, sent 688 virtual chats, phone calls, letters, emails and postcards to 281 participants in F2021.

Community Living Toronto allocated 21% of program spending to its Residential program in F2020. Individuals can choose the level of care that best suits their needs and those of their family. Residential options include: adults with intellectual disabilities living together with help from support workers, placement with a host family, or living with a roommate who is a friendly college student. The charity currently has 68 group homes in Toronto. In F2021, 589 individuals lived in one of CLT’s housing options.

Greatest Needs accounted for 19% of program spending in F2020. Charity Intelligence could not find what services or activities are included in this program on CLT's website. 

Community Living Toronto reports four other smaller programs: Respite Services (10%), Capital and Tech Needs (6%), food insecurity (4%), and Employment Supports (2%). In F2021, 118 individuals received respite care, a program that allows adults with a disability to receive care while their regular caretakers have a break. Employment supports help people find and maintain employment by providing job trials, training and coaching.

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Results and Impact

Community Living Toronto works to find employment for adults with an intellectual disability. Ongoing support is provided to both employee and employer. In F2020, CLT reports that job placements included 29 positions with IBM and 10 with Celestica.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Community Living Toronto’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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Community Living Toronto has donations of $1.2m in F2020. The charity received $77.6m in government funding, representing 84% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 30%. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Community Living Toronto has $7.9m in funding reserves, of which $83k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 9% or around one month of annual program costs with current reserves.

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

Updated on August 31, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.1%7.9%6.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.5%62.9%21.3%
Total overhead spending 29.6%70.8%27.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 8.7%16.9%(6.3%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,181963868
Government funding 77,63477,90472,234
Fees for service 5,1414,7724,673
Business activities (net) 1,3511,601184
Investment income (161)4032
Other income 7,7385,0086,991
Total revenues 92,88490,65184,952
Program costs 90,07882,94777,834
Administrative costs 6,6267,1055,621
Fundraising costs 265606185
Total spending 96,96990,65883,640
Cash flow from operations (4,085)(7)1,312
Capital spending 5,148503500
Funding reserves 7,94214,126(4,747)

Note: Business activities revenue is presented net of business activities expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by ($1.1m) in F2018. Ci was unable to report net business activities in F2019 or F2020 due to a change in financial presentation. Ci has included endowment contributions in revenues. Ci used program, administrative, and fundraising costs as reported on the T3010 filed with the CRA. Each of F2020, F2019, and F2018 expenses reported on the T3010 exceed the total expenses listed on the financial statements. As a result, Ci backed out the differences from program costs. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Ci could not break out changes in government vs. non-government deferred contributions and deferred capital contributions and therefore could not adjust for potential deferred donations.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 714

Avg. compensation: $73,869

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comment has been included on a past profile. Additional comments may be forthcoming. 

Community Living Toronto provided additional information to CI in order to assist with their analysis to ensure that the profile would better reflect Community Living Toronto as a transfer payment agency with the Government of Ontario.

Community Living Toronto believes very strongly in being accountable and transparent - our website provides detailed information on donations through a report to our donors entitled “Donor Dollars in Action”.

Charity Contact

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001