Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal

1435 De Bleury Street, Suite 500
Montréal, QC H3A 2H7
Executive Director: Marc Lalonde
Board President: Maurice Côté

Charitable Reg. #:10319 9196 RR0001


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

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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) 23 cents are available for programs.

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About Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal:

Founded in 1957, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal (GBCM) is a ballet company that performs both classical ballets and explores new forms and variations of ballet. GBCM performs in Canada and around the world. Ivan Cavallari is the current Artistic Director. Besides its main ballet, GBCM also runs dance classes and workshops through Les Studios, and promotes dance/movement therapy through its National Centre for Dance Therapy. The charity does not provide a breakdown of its spending on its programs.

The ballet had 31 performances of three different shows in Montreal for 68,685 people. The shows had an occupancy rate of 76%. The ballet also toured in Barcelona, Lanaudière, and Quebec City for 20,528 spectators.

GBCM's Les Studios program offers dance, fitness and adapted dance classes to the public. Current or former dancers of Les Grands Ballets teach the classes. Les Studios had 163 classes and workshops with 1,932 participants in F2020.

The National Centre for Dance Therapy (NCDT) is a division of GBCM that uses dance to improve a person’s well-being. In F2020, NCDT offered nine adapted dance courses, one two-day camp, and six webinars. Three free in-studio classes were also provided for young people with autism. In total, the charity reports 700 people participated in the program. The program also offers training opportunities for those wishing to become certified dance therapists. 18 people participated in the training in F2020.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal reports it also aims to make dance accessible. In F2020, 2,800 sick or low-income children were able to see an educational performance of The Nutcracker.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence did not find any quantified outcomes reported on Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal's website. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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The financial analysis reflects the consolidated financial position of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and The Endowment fund of Les Grand Ballets Canadiens. The Endowment Fund's audited financial statements are not posted on its website nor provided when requested. Charity Intelligence's financial review uses the 2019 audited financial statements provided from the CRA and the charity’s most recent T3010 filing. 

GBCM has donations of $2.8m in F2020. The charity received $6.4m in government funding, representing 71% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 16% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 61% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 77%. For every dollar donated, 23 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

GBCM has $30.1m in net funding reserves. The charity could cover 294% or almost three years of annual program costs with current reserves. The Endowment Fund’s $39.1m in funding reserves earned an investment loss of $9.5m in F2020. This represents an annual return on investment of -17% compared with investment returns of less than 1% in F2019.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 24, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.7%18.7%18.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 61.4%62.1%71.9%
Total overhead spending 77.1%80.8%90.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 294.3%284.6%348.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,7803,7183,271
Government funding 6,3585,2124,389
Fees for service 6,3917,4317,492
Business activities (net) 74(65)(254)
Investment income (6,717)1692,282
Other income 79287282
Total revenues 8,96516,75117,462
Program costs 10,23810,90110,113
Administrative costs 2,4663,0982,825
Fundraising costs 1,7072,3102,351
Other costs 604552591
Total spending 15,01516,86115,880
Cash flow from operations (6,050)(110)1,582
Capital spending 205282,702
Funding reserves 30,13431,02335,243

Note: Due to consolidation, we removed inter-charity transfers of $740k in F2020, $1.5m in F2019, and $1.4m in F2018. These figures represent the transfer of funds from the Endowment Fund and the operating charity as reported on the operating charity's audited financial statements. The Endowment fund's T3010 report grants to the operating charity differ by $760k in F2020, $949k in F2019, and $27k in F2018. The two charities have a different year-end which may have accounted for differences in reported transfers. Ci reported business activities net of expenses. Cost of room rentals and course offerings were adjusted, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $761k in F2020, $790k in F2019 and $824k in F2018. Ci could not break out changes in government vs. non-government deferred contributions and therefore could not adjust for deferred donations. Similarly, Ci could not differentiate between donor-endowed and board-endowed funds and therefore could not adjust the reported funding reserves accordingly. Both Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and The Endowment fund of Les Grand Ballets Canadiens did not report program, administrative and fundraising costs. Ci allocated individual line items as deemed appropriate. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 92

Avg. compensation: $54,723

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
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$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Charity Contact

Website: www.grandsballets.com
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001