1345 Baseline Road
Ottawa, ON K2C 0A7
CEO: Andrew Price
Board Chair: Andrew Obee

Charitable Reg. #:10776 1694 RR0028


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) 13 cents are available for programs.

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About Scouts Canada:

Founded in 1914, Scouts Canada aims to prepare kids for success through adventures and new experiences. Worldwide, the Scouting program has approximately 40 million members in 167 countries. Scouts Canada supports the programming, safety, and administrative needs of smaller local Scout groups. In Canada, more than 50,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 26 participate in Scouting. Scouts Canada does not provide a breakdown of spending on its programs.

Scouting participants are divided into five groups: Beaver Scouts (ages 5-7), Cub Scouts (ages 8-10), Scouts (ages 11-14), Venturer Scouts (ages 15-17), and Rover Scouts (ages 18-26). Groups participate in challenging outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, white-water rafting, and mountain climbing. Scouts also challenge themselves with community service and hands-on learning. In F2020, there were 53,259 scouts, of which 18,085 were beavers, 18,356 were cubs, 12,470 were scouts, 3,309 were venturers, and 1,039 were rovers.

Scouts Canada reports that donations support initiatives, such as Scouts for Sustainability and STEM Programming. Through these initiatives, Scouts learn to take responsibility in caring for the environment; pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, and math; do good deeds in their community; and build leadership and communication skills. The Scouts for Sustainability program supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) movement. The SDGs outline a global plan to improve the world through a more generous society, fairer communities, and a healthy planet. In F2020, Canadian Scouts contributed to 9,244 service projects and impacted 2,000 communities.

Recent News: On June 24, 2021, CBC News reported that Scouts Canada employee, John Rietveld, is facing charges of historical child sex crimes. Scouts Canada confirmed that John Rietveld started working at the charity in 1975 and served as the president and executive director of Scouts Canada Foundation from 2002 to 2011. Kayleigh Kanoza of Scouts Canada stated that the charity was not aware of concerns related to Rietveld until 2018 when Ottawa Police Service revealed he was under investigation.

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Results and Impact

In the 2019-2020 Scouts Canada parent satisfaction survey, 87% of respondents reported an improved sense of community from the Scouting program, 85% increased confidence, and 84% developed leadership skills.

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

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In F2020, Scouts Canada had total donations of $5.0m. The charity also received $10.5m in membership fees from clients, representing 49% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 70% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 87%. For every dollar donated, 13 cents go to the cause, which is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Scouts Canada has $19.4m in funding reserves, including $4.2m of externally endowed funds from the World Scout Foundation. Excluding endowed funds, Scouts Canada could cover 124% or almost 15 months of annual program costs with reserves.

This charity report has been sent to Scouts Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 16, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 17.5%18.8%17.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 69.8%59.7%64.9%
Total overhead spending 87.3%78.5%82.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 124.1%165.4%158.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,9785,5814,375
Fees for service 10,47213,41910,656
Business activities (net) 8971,2071,488
Investment income 4,9381,9162,685
Total revenues 21,28522,12319,203
Program costs 12,37314,53111,891
Grants 125120126
Administrative costs 2,8523,8052,831
Fundraising costs 3,4773,3322,840
Other costs 148210173
Total spending 18,97521,99817,860
Cash flow from operations 2,3101251,343
Capital spending 1136568
Funding reserves 19,42024,22922,405

Note: Ci included unrealized gains on investment, affecting revenues by ($103k) in F2020, ($477k) in F2019, and $380k in F2018. Retail revenue is reported net of expenses, affecting revenue and expenses by ($1.8m) in F2020, ($2.8m) in F2019, and ($2.8m) in F2018. Ci reported program, fundraising, and administrative costs from the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci could not report endowed funds for F2019, as financial notes were excluded from the financial statements.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 180

Avg. compensation: $55,515

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.scouts.ca
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