Canadian Council of Churches

47 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 2C3
General Secretary: Peter Noteboom
Board President: Rev. Dr. Das Sydney

Charitable Reg. #:11883 0512 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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Council of Churches :

Canadian Council of Churches is a 3-star charity. It is financially transparent, has spending within Ci's reasonable range, and below-average reporting of its results for donors. With its current reserves the charity can cover eight months of annual program costs.

Founded in 1944, Canadian Council of Churches (CCOC) is a conglomerate of 26 member churches of Christian faith, including Anglican, Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, Free Church, and Protestant groups. CCOC’s mission is to “respond to Christ’s call for unity and peace, seek Christ’s truth with affection for diversity, and act in love through prayer, dialogue, and witness to the gospel.” 

Canadian Council of Churches states that it studies, speaks, and acts on topics that involve moral and spiritual principles. CCOC oversees multiple forums to foster discussions between its member churches. Its Commission on Faith and Wellness brings member churches together in “theological reflection” to promote understanding and cooperation. It runs a Commission on Justice and Peace, where member churches discuss peace and social justice in Canada and globally, as well as a Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group for member churches to share and exchange information on biotechnology. CCOC also runs a Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning, Global Ecumenical Relations Network, and a Christian Interfaith Reference Group. In F2022, CCOC published two publications about biotechnology and faith and one publication about interfaith relations.  

Canadian Council of Churches is the controlling body of Project Ploughshares. Established in 1976, Project Ploughshares is a research institute that analyzes peace and security issues to identify the root causes of armed conflict and create measures and policies for world peace. Its major areas of research and policy work are nuclear disarmament, arms trade, emerging technology, and space security.  

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Results and Impact

Canadian Council of Churches states that it partnered with Amnesty International Canada and Canadian Council for Refugees to challenge the constitutionality of the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). The charity reports that in December 2021, the Supreme Court made a decision to hear the STCA appeal, which is a promising step for refugee rights. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Council of Churches’ results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r). 

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The following financial analysis uses the consolidated audited financial statements of Canadian Council of Churches and Project Ploughshares. 

Canadian Council of Churches had total Canadian donations of $1.2m in F2022. Administrative costs are 16% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 19%. For every dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

CCOC has reserve funds of $1.5m, of which $665k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 64% or eight months of its annual program costs with reserves. 

This report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Council of Churches for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 16, 2023 by Alessandra Castino.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.7%17.4%13.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.1%3.6%4.2%
Total overhead spending 18.8%20.9%17.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 63.9%77.4%83.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,184,6231,041,472985,206
Government funding 62,463146,499360,919
Investment income (69,984)133,27163,863
Other income 83,85663,85129,351
Total revenues 1,260,9581,385,0931,439,339
Program costs 1,364,2221,249,4871,192,310
Donated goods exp 7,0005,6505,200
Administrative costs 208,431217,293183,452
Fundraising costs 36,68537,11840,993
Total spending 1,616,3381,509,5481,421,955
Cash flow from operations (355,380)(124,455)17,384
Capital spending 7,5344,11524,329
Funding reserves 1,514,8611,872,5831,982,197

Note: Ci reported program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Amortization allocated to office and administration expenses has been backed out of administrative costs. Ci adjusted for deferred donations affecting total expenditures by $32k in F2022, ($18k) in F2021, and $8k in F2020.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. compensation: $110,869

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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