75 Laurier Ave E
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Chancellor: Calin Rovinescu
Board Chair: Kathryn Butler Malette

Charitable Reg. #:11927 8877 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) 58 cents are available for programs.

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About University of Ottawa:

Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. It is a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, which represents Canada’s top research-intensive universities. University of Ottawa offers more than 450 undergraduate and graduate programs in 10 faculties – Arts, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Civil Law, Common Law, Medicine, Science, Social Science, and the Telfer School of Management.

University of Ottawa had 35,514 undergraduate, 4,501 masters, 1,964 doctorate and 274 other graduate students, for a total full-time student population of 42,553 in F2018. In F2018, University of Ottawa had 1,201 full-time regular professors. University of Ottawa offers 64 undergraduate and 12 graduate co-op programs. It has 263 teaching laboratories and 302 classrooms and seminar rooms.

University of Ottawa is home to 76 Canada Research Chairs, 38 University of Ottawa Research Chairs, 9 Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie, and 52 Endowed and Sponsored Research Chairs. The university has 823 research laboratories, and a total of 3,708,595 print and e-books in its library collections.

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Results and Impact

University of Ottawa reports that in the 2017 Canadian University Survey Consortium, which asks respondents to rate their entire educational experience at the university, 17% responded excellent and 57% responded good. In F2016, the university reported a 76.8% graduation rate, an 88.8% 6-month employment rate, and a 93.9% two-year employment rate.

The university reports that in F2018, it ranked 9th for total research funding. Additionally, it ranked 8th in research intensity.

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

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University of Ottawa received total donations of $20.6m in F2018. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 30% of donations. For every dollar donated, 58 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Net funding reserves of $597.9m (of which $280.0m are donor-endowed) can cover nine months of annual program costs. Excluding donor-endowed funds, University of Ottawa can cover five months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on July 25, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.7%14.5%14.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 29.5%30.6%24.2%
Total overhead spending 42.3%45.1%38.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 41.5%48.7%51.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 20,61020,22226,352
Government funding 532,326523,358501,038
Fees for service 403,703381,806361,184
Business activities (net) 53,01351,51945,991
Investment income 61,38926,88344,370
Other income 28,77828,35726,663
Total revenues 1,099,8191,032,1451,005,598
Program costs 780,744776,778745,796
Administrative costs 132,315146,165142,162
Fundraising costs 6,0846,1856,364
Other costs 39,63334,39335,404
Total spending 958,776963,521929,726
Cash flow from operations 141,04368,62475,872
Capital spending 237,990139,802106,409
Funding reserves 597,919642,035619,005

Note: Ci has used the fundraising expenses reported in the charity’s T3010 filing in this report.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3,143

Avg. Compensation: $122,345

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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