Junior Achievement of Central Ontario

193 Richmond Street West, Suite 405
Toronto, ON M5H 2L3
President & CEO: Jennifer Holmes-Weier
Board Chair: Anthony Boright

Charitable Reg. #:10755 4297 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) 44 cents are available for programs.

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About Junior Achievement of Central Ontario:

Founded in 2003, Junior Achievement Central Ontario (JACO) is a member of Junior Achievement Canada. JACO is the result of the amalgamation of Junior Achievement of Toronto & York Region (founded 1968) and Junior Achievement of Peel (founded in 1981). JACO works with students in Toronto, York Region, Peel, and Simcoe. JACO partners with businesses, educators, and policy makers across Central Ontario with the goal of preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. JACO runs programs for students from grades 3 to 12 in 608 schools across 11 school districts. The charity does not provide a breakdown of program spending.

In F2020, JACO offered a combination of in-person and digital programs. JACO ran 939 in-person classes and 8 online programs, serving 17,721 and 2,687 students, respectively. The charity notes that its 2021 programs were adjusted to be entirely virtual.

JACO also runs workshops, competitions, and other events. In F2020, JACO hosted 3 online workshops which allowed volunteers to share their career journey and advice with 47 students. The charity also ran two competitions and awarded a total of 11 scholarships. JACO’s World of Choices Empowering Young Women event reached 161 students, and another 43 students attended JACO’s Innovation Camp.

JACO’s Company Program helps high school students develop their own business in 18 weeks. In F2020, the program had 1,100 students, ran 53 companies, and generated $48k in sales.

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Results and Impact

According to research by Boston Consulting Group, Junior Achievement alumni are 50% more likely to open their own business and 3 times more likely to hold senior and middle management positions in their respective organizations. ManpowerGroup reports that Junior Achievement students are five times less likely to be jobless later in life having obtained the skill of networking. JACO reports these figures from research conducted in 2011. The charity does not report more recent results and impact information.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Junior Achievement Central Ontario’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has evaluated Junior Achievement of Central Ontario and found the charity to have Fair demonstrated impact per dollar. 

Impact Rating: Fair

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In F2020, Junior Achievement Central Ontario had total donations and special events revenues of $2.2m. Administrative costs are 27% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 29% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 56%. For every dollar donated, 44 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

JACO has $2.2m in funding reserves, of which $500k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, JACO could cover 161% or one year and seven months of annual program costs with reserves.

­­Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Junior Achievement Central Ontario for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 13, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 27.0%24.7%24.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.7%31.7%23.1%
Total overhead spending 55.7%56.3%47.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 160.9%155.1%145.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,718,4511,768,9441,737,952
Government funding 225,10400
Special events 518,332686,002644,770
Investment income 59,976105,02681,781
Total revenues 2,521,8632,559,9722,464,503
Program costs 1,103,7231,135,0021,218,838
Administrative costs 664,761605,561570,819
Fundraising costs 642,623777,538551,172
Total spending 2,411,1072,518,1012,340,829
Cash flow from operations 110,75641,871123,674
Capital spending 22,23012,3140
Funding reserves 2,236,1042,221,1412,235,790

Note: Ci included unrealized investment income and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy funding in revenues, affecting total revenues by $218k in F2020, $24k in F2019, and $46k in F2018. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 18

Avg. compensation: $85,127

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.jacanada.org/central-ontario
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001