99 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Principal: Patrick Deane
Board Chair: Mary Wilson Trider

Charitable Reg. #:10786 8705 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) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About Queen's University:

Queen's University is a 3-star charity. It is financially transparent, has overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range, and has an above-average results reporting grade. 


Founded in 1841, Queen's University (Queen's) is a public university in Kingston, Ontario and one of Canada's oldest degree-granting institutions. Queen's states that it has a global alumni network of more than 150,000 members. Its main programs are education and research. Queen's does not provide a breakdown of spending on these programs.


In F2022, Queen's University had 33,021 enrolled students. This includes enrolment of 32,221 in for-credit courses (4% increase from 2021) and 800 in non-credit courses (55% increase from 2021). The university is home to students from 101 countries, with international students making up 11% of total students and 32% of tuition revenue. Queen's offers 92 undergraduate programs across 53 departments and 125 graduate degrees across 50 disciplines. 


Queen's University has 24 research centres and institutes. Additionally, the university is home to 34 Canada Research Chairs. In F2022, 69 Queen's researchers published 76 articles and garnered over 1.7 million reads on The Conversation. Additionally, Queen's hosted four workshops for its researchers and graduate students. 

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Results and Impact

Queen's University states that it has a graduation rate of 89%. 


The university also states that it generates over $1.6 billion annually in economic and social benefits through jobs, health care, and supports for start-ups. Additionally, Queen's reports that it contributes $247m to the GDP of the Kingston region each year. 


Queen's was ranked third globally and first in North America for universities advancing the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals in 2023. 


In F2022, Queen's researchers discovered an organic coating that could extend the lifespan of critical metals and save billions of dollars across the infrastructure, microchip, and healthcare industries.


While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Queen's University's results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Queen's University had total donations of $45.6m in F2022. This is a 55% decrease from $100.6m in donations in F2021. During the year, Queen's also received $433.4m in student fees (42% of revenues) and $425.7m in government grants (41% of revenues). Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 30% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 34%, compared to 16% in F2021. This increase occurred because donations decreased by 55% while fundraising costs increased by 10%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 66 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending.

Queen's University has $2.0 billion in reserve funds (cash and investments), of which $1.1 billion is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, Queen's could cover 100% or just over one year of annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Queen's University for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 20, 2023, by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.8%3.6%3.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 30.2%12.4%11.1%
Total overhead spending 34.0%16.0%14.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 100.2%116.0%87.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 45,630100,628113,923
Government funding 425,672429,842407,760
Fees for service 433,356402,762396,553
Business activities (net) 82,47745,53296,496
Investment income 35,829371,57751,698
Other income 21,24418,32322,557
Total revenues 1,044,2081,368,6641,088,987
Program costs 896,936839,516874,268
Grants 39540437
Administrative costs 37,95635,66235,591
Fundraising costs 13,77812,51312,633
Other costs 17,26217,38513,963
Total spending 966,327905,116936,892
Cash flow from operations 77,881463,548152,095
Capital spending 91,37137,64126,521
Funding reserves 1,990,4322,040,0081,648,358

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue (excluding student fees and government funding) and deferred capital contributions. This affected revenues by ($17.4m) in F2022, $28.6m in F2021, and $43.9m in F2020. Ci included endowment contributions in donations and investment income on external endowments in investment income. This increased revenues by $52.8m in F2022, $209.9m in F2021, and $26.4m in F2020. Ci reported grants, administrative costs, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative, and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3,479

Avg. compensation: $111,080

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.queensu.ca
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