Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

2005 Sheppard Ave. E, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M2J 5B4
President & CEO: Owen Charters
Board Chair: Felix Wu

Charitable Reg. #:13036 1710 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) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada:

Established in 1929, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGC Canada) is the umbrella charity that supports 736 local Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada, with locations in all provinces and territories except Northwest Territories and Nunavut. BGC Canada aims to provide safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills.

In F2020, BGC Canada granted $10.9m for specific programs and spent $3.9m on national programs, $2.2m on Club support, and $140k on scholarships. In its annual report, BGCC categorizes all items except scholarships as 'support to member Clubs, programs, and services'. During the year, BGC Canada hosted 15 national workshops, awarded scholarships to 74 youth, and trained 526 staff at 60 clubs.

Local Boys and Girls Clubs run educational, recreational, and skills development programs to help children and youth develop the skills they need to succeed in life. In F2020, 200,000 children and youth benefited from Club programs and 6.1 million healthy meals and snacks were distributed. Of the 200,000 kids served, 63% were 6 to 12 years old, 23% were 13 to 21, 12% were five and under, and 2% were over 21. Local Club programs are categorized into six pillars: healthy active living, learning and career development, leadership, parenting, scholarships (for youth pursuing post-secondary education), and youth engagement.

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Results and Impact

BGC Canada reports that 96% of Clubs that responded to its national team survey reported satisfaction with BGC Canada’s overall work.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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For the years F2018 and F2019, Ci consolidated Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada with its associated Foundation and excluded donations from the Foundation to the operating charity from revenues and expenses. Ci was not able to consolidate the operating charity and the Foundation in F2020, as financial statements for the Foundation were not available.

In F2020, BGC Canada had total donations of $11.2m. The charity also received $8.1m in government funding, representing 41% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (excluding investment income) and the charity reports no fundraising costs. This results in total overhead spending of 10%. For every dollar donated, 90 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. In previous years, Ci reported fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. At the time of this report, the F2020 T3010 filing is not available; thus, overhead costs are likely underreported.

BGC Canada has $9.2m in funding reserves, which could cover 54% or six months of annual program costs. In F2019 and F2018, Ci consolidated BGC Canada’s funding reserves with its Foundation’s funding reserves to better represent the charity’s available assets. Financial statements for the Foundation were not available in F2020, meaning funding reserves are likely underreported in this year.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 24, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.9%10.9%10.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.0%10.8%6.7%
Total overhead spending 9.9%21.6%16.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 53.9%104.2%65.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 11,18410,0188,811
Government funding 8,0684,4474,638
Fees for service 518584623
Special events 0797219
Investment income 7371795
Total revenues 19,84216,56314,386
Program costs 6,1836,4096,359
Grants 10,8797,1276,169
Administrative costs 1,9511,7191,456
Fundraising costs 01,168601
Total spending 19,01316,42314,585
Cash flow from operations 830140(199)
Capital spending 19438846
Funding reserves 9,19514,09813,165

Note: In F2019 and F2018, Ci consolidated Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada with its associated Foundation and excluded transfers between the two charities from its analysis, reducing revenue by $596k in F2019 and $305k in F2018 and reducing expenses by $406k in F2019 and $296k in F2018. Reimbursed expenses paid by the operating charity on behalf of the Foundation ($155k in F2020, $191k in F2019, $85k in F2018) were not omitted from the financial analysis because the audited financial statements do not disclose where these amounts are included in the operating charity’s expenses. Investment income includes unrealized gains (losses) on the Foundation’s investments, affecting total revenue by ($434k) in F2018. Ci gathered F2019 and F2018 fundraising costs from the operating charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 36

Avg. compensation: $100,223

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 F2019

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001