2330 Notre-Dame Street West
Montreal, QC H3J 2Y2
Executive Director: Denise Byrnes
Board Chair: Donald Olds

Charitable Reg. #:11907 5091 RR0001


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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) 79 cents are available for programs.

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About Oxfam Quebec:

Oxfam-Québec is a member of the Oxfam Confederation, an international charity based in Oxford, UK. Oxfam-Québec was founded in 1973 as an independent organization from Oxfam Canada, with the goal of raising French speakers’ awareness about the situation in developing countries. Oxfam-Québec works to help its partners in developing countries through humanitarian aid and development programs. Oxfam-Québec completes projects around the world in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Oxfam-Québec’s humanitarian aid projects made up 54% of total program spending in F2018. The charity responded to 2 emergencies in Latin America, 5 in the Middle East, 1 in Asia, and 4 in Africa. In Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, Oxfam-Québec signed a three-year agreement with Global Affairs Canada to ensure that nearly 350,000 displaced people will have access to safe drinking water. After Hurricane Irma in Cuba, Oxfam-Québec helped 2,000 families with improved housing, hygiene, and sanitation conditions. In Peru, Oxfam-Québec helped 1,000 people from 250 families affected by the March 2017 floods.

In F2018, Oxfam-Québec’s development programs made up 46% of total program spending. The charity funded 32 development projects in Latin America, 7 in the Middle East, and 19 in Africa. Oxfam-Québec’s development programs focus on the areas of youth empowerment; food security and agricultural development; economic empowerment of women; fight against violence against women and girls; and drinking water, hygiene and sanitation.

Recent news: In February 2018, Oxfam was rocked by international news coverage of its Haiti team paying for sex in 2011. Oxfam Canada denies any Canadian funding was involved in this Haiti scandal. More concerning is subsequent whistleblower allegations of sex-for-aid in Oxfam’s East Africa operations in 2016. This includes aid into Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia. This has raised safeguarding issues across all international aid charities.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Oxfam Quebec a Low impact rating based on demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Oxfam-Québec is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $6.0m in F2018. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every dollar donated, 79 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $9.4m can cover 3 months of annual program costs.

­Oxfam-Québec paid external fundraisers $627k in F2018 to raise $14.2m for a cost of 4 cents per dollar raised. This $14.2m reportedly raised exceeds the total of donations received so it is unclear whether these funds raised included government funding, the value of volunteer time, or if the charity is reporting funds raised that are not reported on its F2018 financial statements.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Oxfam-Québec for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 8, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.3%8.2%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.2%8.7%8.9%
Total overhead spending 20.6%16.8%15.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 25.6%28.8%9.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,9989,9369,809
Government funding 35,80431,05833,138
Investment income 385422
Other income 232173460
Total revenues 42,07241,22143,428
Program costs - International 34,18433,37533,664
Program costs - Canada 2,6432,4642,105
Administrative costs 3,0803,3673,005
Fundraising costs 794860869
Total spending 40,70040,06539,643
Cash flow from operations 1,3711,1563,784
Capital spending 6412948
Funding reserves 9,43610,3333,384

Note: Ci adjusted revenues for deferred contributions by $1.2m in F2018, $1.2m in F2017, and $1.8m in F2016. Ci excluded the value of donated volunteer time in revenues and expenditures, reducing them by $6.1m in F2018, $5.0m in F2017, and $2.1m in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 0

Avg. Compensation: $0

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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