Muslim Association of Canada

2270 Speakman Drive
Mississauga, ON L5K 1B4
Executive Director: Sharaf Sharafeldin
Board Chair: Nabil Sultan

Charitable Reg. #:880495 5163 RR0001


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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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Muslim Association of Canada:

Founded in 1997, Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) is a faith-based charity that runs education and social programs for Canadian Muslims. Its mission is to establish an Islamic presence in Canada that is balanced, constructive, and integrated into the social fabric and culture of Canada. MAC is a national charity with 13 local chapters in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.

Muslim Association of Canada operates community centers that offer recreational, spiritual and leisure activities for the surrounding communities. These programs are available to all Canadians and aim to decrease stress as well as improve family and community bonds among Muslim Canadians. MAC acquired its first community center in Toronto in 1997 and it currently runs 16 centers across Canada. 

Muslim Association of Canada runs nine full-time Islamic Day schools in Ontario and Alberta. 2,083 students were enrolled in 2018. Day schools cover provincial education curriculum as well as Quran, Arabic and Islamic studies. MAC also runs 20 part-time (weekend) schools that teach Arabic and Islamic customs, and two Quran schools that teach Arabic language (reading, writing, grammar) through the Sunnah of Prophet Mohamed. 4,005 students attended weekend schools and 2,108 students attended Quranic programs in 2018. MAC collected $10.9 million in school fees revenue for the year.

MAC Youth, which is a department of Muslim Association of Canada, engages with young Muslim Canadians to encourage them to connect to their community roots and help others in the community. MAC runs youth camps in the summer and winter months as well as sisters’ and brothers’ youth groups that meet weekly for social bonding. MAC also runs multiple projects and campaigns as part of its community building efforts. iRISE is an education program for MAC’s full-time Islamic Days schools where students are educated on Islamic values and life skills to develop a strong relationship with Allah SWT. In its 2018 Community Impact report, MAC states that it trained 30 workshop facilitators, three school coordinators and 60 teachers on iRISE curriculum and developed 20 training videos. 23 classes adopted the program. EnrichIt! is an after-school program to supplement academic curriculum at MAC schools. In 2018, the program offered 7,700 hours of sports activities, 500 hours of arts activities, and 200 hours of STEM activities for children and youth.

Muslim Association of Canada reports that it serves 49,250 people directly each year, with a total reach of 110,000 people. It also states in its 2018 Community Impact report that 18,600 people engaged in social, recreational and education programs in 2018, and it delivered 27,250 program hours and 14,600 participation opportunities during the year.

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Results and Impact

Muslim Association of Canada provides multiple client survey outcomes in its 2018 Community Impact report. 64% of respondents agreed that MAC community centres allowed them to connect to the community and build strong social bonds, and 77% agreed that MAC plays a vital role in community development. 76% of MAC school student respondents agreed that their school experience is preparing them to be confident and observant Muslims. For schools with iRISE curriculum in place, 83% of parents agreed that their child’s program experience positively impacted their understanding and relationship with Allah SWT, and 77% of parents agreed that the school helped their child develop a strong Islamic identity.

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Muslim Association of Canada is a large charity that received $9.9m in donations in F2018. It also received $10.9m in tax-receipted school fees, which are included in fees for service. Administrative costs are 4% of total revenue (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. Per dollar donated to MAC, 76 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

MAC’s funding reserves are negative due to $8.8m in liquid assets (cash, investments, loans and recoverable HST) and $19.4m in long-term debt (mortgages). MAC holds $23.8m in land and $40.7m in buildings. Gross reserves of $8.8m can cover annual program costs and grants at the current level for five months. MAC’s audited financial statements disclose long-term debt principal repayments to be made of $903k in F2019, $4.7m in F2020, $2.1m in F2021, $752k in F2022, and $5.7m in F2023.

Subsequent to year end in F2018, MAC paid a $25k deposit to Edmonton Catholic School District No. 7 to purchase a school at a purchase price of $2.0m.

This report is a new profile that has been sent to Muslim Association of Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Created on August 27, 2020 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.2%4.4%4.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 20.3%11.5%10.2%
Total overhead spending 24.4%15.9%15.1%
Program cost coverage (%) (52.9%)(53.3%)(64.1%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,94310,11111,237
Government funding 2,9992,9702,073
Fees for service 17,21315,38313,403
Business activities (net) 363341120
Investment income 913619
Other income 568530
Total revenues 30,66628,92626,882
Program costs 19,57318,29817,041
Grants 487840755
Administrative costs 1,2711,2731,304
Fundraising costs 2,0141,1641,149
Other costs 752708666
Total spending 24,09822,28320,915
Cash flow from operations 6,5686,6435,967
Capital spending 5,4974,44710,030
Funding reserves (10,621)(10,191)(11,416)

Note: Ci used the charity’s T3010 CRA filings for fundraising costs and accounted for the adjustment ($1.7m in F2018, $882k in F2017, $820k in F2016) in program costs to reconcile total expenses with the audited financial statements. Rental income is reported net of rental expenses for halls and facilities in business activities, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $1.0m in F2018, $985k in F2017, and $1.2m in F2016. Ci reported unrealized gains (losses) on foreign exchange in investment income, affecting total revenue and expenses by $13k in F2018, ($77) in F2017, and ($15k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 256

Avg. Compensation: $45,454

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 F2018

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