502 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 2H1
CEO: Peter Duraisami
Board Chair: Susan Vanderspek

Charitable Reg. #:10796 3613 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) 80 cents are available for programs.

My anchor


About Scott Mission:

Scott Mission is a 3-star rated charity with reasonable overhead costs and best practice in financial transparency. However, it has a below-average results reporting grade of C+. 

Founded in 1941, Scott Mission is a Christian charity that supports poor people in downtown Toronto. In addition to helping homeless people, Scott Mission also supports families, runs a summer camp for children, and raises public awareness of homelessness in Canada. The charity works to meet people's basic needs for food, shelter, and hygiene. It also provides social and spiritual services. 

In F2022, Scott Mission spent $12.0m (42% of total program costs) on its program to help families. It filled 39,778 grocery orders and had 20,585 clothing appointments. It also cared for 52 children at its O’Connor family Centre. It gave 2,600 families extra support at Christmas time including an extra grocery gift card and toys for 1,900 children. 

Scott Mission spent $11.0m (39% of total program costs) on its program to help the homeless and elderly. It provided 16,682 nights of shelter to 216 men in F2022. It also had 50 clients participate in its case management program and 16 clients participate in its clinical counseling program. 

During F2022, Scott mission spent $3.3m (12% of total program costs) on programs for children and youth. 250 children attended its summer camps and 158 children went to its after-school programs. 

It spent an additional $2.1m (7% of total program costs) on public awareness programs to inform the community about homelessness. 

In November 2017, Scott Mission began the process of redesigning its property at 502/508 Spadina Avenue. The construction project is estimated to cost $20m and is set to be completed in April 2024.

My anchor

Results and Impact

Scott Mission emphasizes that the homeless people and low-income families to whom it provides food & clothing are in significant need of its services. In F2022, it provided 187,899 hot meals to those in need. 

While Ci highlights these results, this may not be a complete representation of Scott Mission’s results and impact.

Scott Mission is not yet rated on demonstrated impact (n/r). 

My anchor


Scott Mission received $18.4m in donations in F2022. It also received $12.3m in donated goods in kind, representing 34% of total revenues. Fundraising costs are 16% of donations and administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income). Total overhead spending is 20%. For each dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Scott mission has reserve funds of $21.6m that can cover its program costs for 9 months. 

From F2021 to F2022, capital expenditures increased from $2.1m to $14.4m. In F2022, Scott Mission purchased a new property. This includes $6.3m of land and a building that cost $2.5m. Scott Mission spent $881k improving the building during F2022.

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

Updated on July 6, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.4%5.9%7.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.6%12.9%17.5%
Total overhead spending 20.0%18.8%24.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 78.2%176.7%186.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 18,41118,58714,486
Goods in kind 12,2568,3134,792
Government funding 4,2661,8272,497
Fees for service 779647405
Investment income (2,114)3,3171,951
Other income 625421
Total revenues 33,66032,74524,152
Program costs 27,58720,03815,692
Administrative costs 1,5821,7481,643
Fundraising costs 2,8622,3932,530
Total spending 32,03224,17919,866
Cash flow from operations 1,6298,5664,287
Capital spending 14,3992,1301,421
Funding reserves 21,56035,40429,268

Note: Ci reported net appreciation on investments and investment expenses as investment income. This affected total revenues by ($2.1m) in F2022, $3.3m in F2021, and $2.0m in F2020. To report on a cash basis, Ci backed out amortization pro-rata from program, administrative, and fundraising costs. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA and backed the amount out of program costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 135

Avg. compensation: $80,679

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 F2022

My anchor

Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

No comments have been added by the charity.

Charity Contact

Website: www.scottmission.com
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-923-8872


Charity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors to be informed and give intelligently. Our website posts free reports on more than 800 Canadian charities, as well as in-depth primers on philanthropic sectors like Canada’s environment, cancer, and homelessness. Today over 500,000 Canadians use our website as a go-to source for information on Canadian charities reading over 1.6 million charity reports. Through rigorous and independent research, Charity Intelligence aims to assist Canada’s dynamic charitable sector in being more transparent, accountable and focused on results.


Be Informed. Give Intelligently. Have Impact


Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001