P.O. Box 7000 Airport Station
Dorval, QC H4Y 1J2
President: Bev Watson
Vice President: Paul Bouchard

Charitable Reg. #:88657 7857 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Dreams Take Flight:

Dreams Take Flight is a 1-star charity with Low demonstrated impact. It has overhead spending within Ci’s reasonable range, but it is not financially transparent and has a low results reporting grade. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence’s report.

Founded in 1989, Dreams Take Flight (DTF) gives one-day all-expenses paid trips to Walt Disney World or Disneyland to children facing medical, mental, physical, social, or emotional challenges. Air Canada donates planes and volunteers raise money throughout the year. Donors give to cover all the expenses — aircraft fuel, park admission, spending money, plus cash for souvenirs and gifts. 

Dreams Take Flight Canada sends planes from eight locations across Canada: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Each year, Dreams Take Flight Canada aims to take over 100 children on board from each chapter but the charity does not report on the number of children receiving a trip. The charity conducts one flight from each location annually, adding up to eight flights in all chapters.

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Results and Impact


Impact Rating: Low

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Dreams Take Flight is not financially transparent and does not produce audited financial statements. This financial review is based on unaudited and redacted statements provided by the CRA. 

In F2022, Dreams Take Flight Canada received total donations of $446k. Administrative costs are 28% of revenues (excluding investment income), and no fundraising costs are reported. This results in total overhead spending of 28%. For every dollar donated, 72 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

The charity has $441k of reserve funds, which can cover three years and eight months of its annual program costs based on the most recent year but significantly less than a year based on pre-covid-19 program cost levels. Many flights were canceled during the pandemic lowering program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Dreams Take Flight Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 26, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 28.3%79.3%18.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%0.0%0.0%
Total overhead spending 28.3%79.2%18.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 367.2%1,547.8%29.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 446,025137,342386,385
Goods in kind 001,075
Fees for service 1,0513,8765,151
Business activities (net) 0028,863
Special events 0652455
Other income 68216,8890
Total revenues 447,758158,759421,929
Program costs 120,21615,648422,172
Administrative costs 126,791125,81076,016
Fundraising costs 000
Other costs 1,0192,405695
Total spending 248,026144,182498,883
Cash flow from operations 199,73214,577(76,954)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 441,399242,205124,903

Note: The charity reports having no paid employees in F2022.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 0

Avg. compensation: $0

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

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.dreamstakeflight.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-801-5037


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001