962 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
Acting Executive Director: Deborah Hurley-Laing
Board Co-Chair: Michaela Ferguson

Charitable Reg. #:10798 3009 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Sistering:

Founded in 1980, Sistering helps women in Toronto who experience social isolation, homelessness, trauma and violence, discrimination, substance abuse, or need mental health support. Sistering aims to give these women equal access to opportunities to thrive in inclusive communities. Sistering’s main programs include: 24/7 Drop-In & Parkdale Outreach, Community Support Workers, Sisters Kitchen, Harm Reduction, On the Path to Employment, Spun Studio, and Advocacy.

Sistering’s drop-in centres offer women meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothes, shoes, internet access, counselling, legal aid, and more. In F2020, Sistering reported that 95,253 women visited its two drop-in centres. Sistering served 156,480 meals and distributed 84,572 personal care items at these locations.

Sistering’s Harm Reduction program held 290 events for its clients. It distributed 20,407 harm reduction kits and distributed 209,782 harm reduction resources.

On the Path to Employment offers workshops, supports women pursuing higher education, and helps women find permanent jobs. In F2020, this program served 405 participants. 180 clients received violence against women training and 147 received pre-employment services.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, 30 women gained employment through the On the Path to Employment and Spun Studio programs and 22 women became self-employed.

In F2015, Sistering advocated for free transit for those on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW). It additionally achieved a reduction in Metropass prices from $145 to $112 for low-income wage earners.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Sistering’s results and impact. Charity Intelligence has rated Sistering as Low impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Sistering received donations of $2.6m in F2021. It also received $5.3m in government funding in F2021, representing 67% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. For every dollar donated, 88 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $2.2m can cover four months of annual program costs.

Ci has sent this profile update to Sistering for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 16, 2021, by Shira Wine.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.7%8.3%8.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.1%6.0%4.2%
Total overhead spending 11.8%14.3%12.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 37.0%20.8%20.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,6191,8211,785
Government funding 5,3174,0223,957
Investment income 2109
Other income 5260127
Total revenues 7,9905,9125,878
Program costs 6,0125,1734,995
Administrative costs 695491503
Fundraising costs 8010974
Total spending 6,7875,7745,573
Cash flow from operations 1,203139305
Capital spending 97144316
Funding reserves 2,2241,0741,013

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 59

Avg. compensation: $66,799

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comment was provided by the charity based on a prior year's report. An update may be provided.

Sistering is a multi-service agency supporting some of Toronto’s most marginalized women - poor, homeless or precariously housed, often victims of violence, and often facing mental health challenges. Our redesigned and updated website, launching shortly, will provide potential donors and others interested in our work with detailed information about the programs and services we deliver.

Some key services offered at our 24/7 Drop In:

  •  Three hot meals, soup and sandwiches overnight
  •  Showers and laundry facilities 
  •  Clothing and footwear 
  •  Telephones, mailing address and Internet access
  •  Crisis intervention and trauma-informed counselling 
  •  Housing support
  •  Harm reduction support and supplies 
  •  Peer support groups in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin
  •  Information, referral and accompaniment to social assistance, legal aid, doctors, and other appointments
  •  Onsite access to primary healthcare with general practitioners, psychiatrists and nurse
  •  Onsite access to a Settlement Worker and immigration lawyer 

 Sistering was one of only 62 agencies awarded Anchor Status this past year by the United Way of Toronto and York Region. Additionally, Sistering received a Vital Ideas Grant from the Toronto Foundation to explore the feasibility of a storefront for our social Enterprise, Inspirations Studio.

Charity Contact

Website: www.sistering.org
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-926-9762


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001