50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
President: Dr. Franco J Vaccarino
Chancellor: David Mirvish

Charitable Reg. #:10816 1829 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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 University of Guelph:

Founded in 1964, University of Guelph (U of G) is the product of the union of Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario Agricultural College, and Macdonald Institute. The university now consists of seven colleges that conduct teaching and research in physical and life sciences, business, arts, social sciences, and agricultural and physical sciences. The University has a regional campus in Ridgetown, Ontario, and offers diploma and degree programs at the University of Guelph-Humber, a joint venture with Humber College in Toronto.

In the 2017-2018 fall term, University of Guelph had 23,808 full-time undergraduate students and 2,869 part-time undergraduate students. There were 982 undergraduate international students. Over the last five years, undergraduate enrolment increased by 5.9%. Additionally, the university had 2,620 full-time graduate students and 210 part-time graduate students. There were 437 graduate international students. Over the last five years, graduate enrolment increased by 10.5%. Most students come from within Ontario: 94% of undergraduate students and 75% of graduate students.

University of Guelph’s Office of Research oversees a $146 million research program across its seven colleges, its regional campus at Ridgetown, 15 research stations, and the U of G Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Agreement. In F2018, U of G had 11 Tier 1 and 15 Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs. There were also 26 endowed and externally funded research chairs. University of Guelph is known as Canada’s Food University for its programs and research in agriculture.

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Results and Impact

University of Guelph reported a 79% graduation rate for 2016-2017. About 91% of first-time, full-time, four-year undergraduate students in the 2016 cohort continued into their second year of studies. It also reported a 91.1% graduate employment rate within 6 months of graduation and 94.5% within 2 years of graduation. University of Guelph had 7 Research Excellence Awardees and 9 Research Leadership Chairs in F2018.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of University of Guelph’s results and impact.

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University of Guelph received total donations of $27.2m in F2018. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 27% of donations. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Net funding reserves of $589.3m can cover 10 months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on July 12, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.7%2.8%2.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.2%23.3%25.7%
Total overhead spending 29.9%26.0%28.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 34.3%35.1%28.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 27,17428,68327,159
Government funding 278,433272,524267,695
Fees for service 387,066371,204353,079
Business activities (net) 98,54392,99391,859
Investment income 16,74036,0692,673
Other income 13,34813,72717,777
Total revenues 821,304815,200760,242
Program costs 683,405648,175625,953
Administrative costs 21,64221,40320,260
Fundraising costs 7,3816,6726,979
Other costs 11,59511,70711,618
Total spending 724,023687,957664,810
Cash flow from operations 97,281127,24395,432
Capital spending 135,21079,05575,483
Funding reserves 589,301573,421478,891

Note: Ci excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenues by ($21k) in F2018, ($21k) in F2017, and ($22k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3,040

Avg. Compensation: $113,031

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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