Women's Centre of York Region

16775 Yonge Street, Unit 207
Newmarket, ON L3Y 8J4
Acting Executive Director: Kelly Broome
Board Chair: Judith Puttock

Charitable Reg. #:13485 9024 RR0001


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

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Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 85 cents are available for programs.

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About Women's Centre of York Region:

Founded in 1977, Women’s Centre of York Region (WCYR) works to improve the lives of local women facing challenges with mental health, domestic violence, financial insecurity, and unemployment. WCYR states that 58% of its clients report challenges with mental or emotional health, 40% have low incomes, and 21% speak English as a second language. Many of its clients seek assistance after leaving abusive relationships. In F2019, WCYR’s programs served 921 women seeking positive changes in their lives.

Women’s Centre of York Region mainly focuses on two programs: Group Programs and One-on-One Programs.

WCYR runs three different Group Programs where women can develop skills to improve their lives. Women attend sessions once or twice a week for five to ten weeks. The Enterprising Careers program helps women find fulfilling and sustainable job opportunities. In F2019, WCYR delivered 14 career-related seminars and reached 138 women. The Financial Empowerment course teaches goal-setting, budgeting, saving, and other crucial skills. In F2019, the program provided 10 seminars to 100 women. Making Changes is a life skills program that encompasses communication skills, confidence, and personal relationships. In F2019, 360 women took part in the program.

Women’s Centre of York Region offers free One-on-One Programs to address emotional, social, or economic issues. WCYR offers three types of individual programs. Individual Counselling provides emotional support to women seeking to manage anxiety, depression, and other personal struggles. Transitional Support Counselling supports women attempting to leave abusive relationships safely. The Soft Skills Coaching program provides training in personal and professional skills. In F2019, WCYR provided 1,500 hours of counselling to 147 women.

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Results and Impact

Women’s Centre of York Region also runs a Winter Warmth program to provide gifts and products to women in need during the holidays. In F2019, WCYR provided clothing, toys, and gift cards to 176 women and children.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Women’s Centre of York Region's results and impact.

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Women’s Centre of York Region is a small charity, with donations of $334k in F2019. It received $494k in government funding, representing 60% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 15%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 85 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Women’s Centre of York Region has $169k in total funding reserves, which could cover 26% or three months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Women’s Centre of York Region for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 13, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%10.5%11.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.9%15.9%18.7%
Total overhead spending 15.0%26.4%30.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 25.8%15.7%8.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 334,102290,115217,170
Government funding 493,870547,051562,187
Total revenues 827,972837,166779,357
Program costs 655,630653,766690,246
Administrative costs 75,05488,08191,863
Fundraising costs 19,85446,10340,664
Total spending 750,538787,950822,773
Cash flow from operations 77,43449,216(43,416)
Funding reserves 169,159102,87656,532

Note: Ci adjusted for changes in deferred revenue, affecting total revenues by ($11k) in F2019, $9k in F2018, and ($30k) in F2017. Ci reported program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 10

Avg. Compensation: $37,231

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 F2019

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Charity Contact

Website: www.wcyr.ca
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