Breakfast Club of Canada

135-G de Mortagne, Blvd
Boucherville, QC J4B 6G4
President: Daniel Germain
Board Chair: Renee Merrifield

Charitable Reg. #:86607 3133 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

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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) 84 cents are available for programs.

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About Breakfast Club of Canada:

Founded in 1994, Breakfast Club of Canada / Club des petits déjeuners (BCOC) feeds healthy breakfasts to children across Canada. One in four children is at risk of starting the school day on an empty stomach. For indigenous children, this number rises to one in two. This amounts to over 1 million children who may skip breakfast daily because their families lack enough money for nutritious food. When children do not eat until lunch, their focus and academic performance can suffer.

Breakfast Club of Canada provides food, kitchen equipment, training, and volunteers to school clubs across the country. BCOC operates in 4 regions: Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada, and Atlantic Canada. BCOC served over 40 million meals to 1,809 clubs in F2019. The charity reports that its breakfast clubs received a daily attendance of 243,521 children during the year. Of these clubs, 269 were in indigenous communities and served 31,157 children. As of F2019, 537 clubs were on a waiting list.

BCOC also focuses on creating awareness for child hunger among political leaders. In F2019, a total of 25 MPs accepted invitations to visit schools and learn about BCOC’s work. Through collaboration with the Quebec government, BCOC reports that they received funding to open 45 new breakfast programs in areas of need.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Breakfast Club of Canada an impact rating of Fair for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

In F2019BCOC surveyed 60 school administrations with breakfast clubs to identify their program results. Of these schools, over 50% observed lower rates of absences and over 50% reported improvements to students’ attention spanOut of 17 school administrations in indigenous communities71% reported a decrease in behavioural incidents. BCOC found that 62% of all schools and 76% of schools in indigenous communities observed decreases in health-related problems among their students. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Breakfast Club of Canada’s results and impact. 

Impact Rating: Fair

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Breakfast Club of Canada is a Major 100 charity, with donations of $21.5m in F2019. Funding from governments totaled $1.8m, representing 7% of revenue. Administrative costs are 1% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. BCOC's overhead costs are 16%. For every dollar donated, 84 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

BCOC’s fundraising ratio, which has historically been 23% of donations, dropped by 8% in F2019 due to a substantial increase in deferred contributions that Ci adjusted for to report on a cash basis. In F2019, BCOC received $10.1m in operating grants, of which $8.8m were deferred for future years. The financial statements do not provide details on the source of these operating grants. This spike in deferred contributions also accounts for the 124% increase in funding reserves from F2018 to F2019.  

Breakfast Club of Canada has $16.8m in total funding reserves, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 118%. This means that the charity can cover 14 months of its annual program costs using its existing reserves. Excluding the donated goods that BCOC receives, funding reserves cover 158% or 19 months of annual program costs. 

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

Updated on May 19, 2020 by Eric Zhao. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.2%1.6%2.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.5%24.1%22.2%
Total overhead spending 15.7%25.7%24.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 157.8%78.0%61.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 21,48413,87912,572
Goods in kind 3,5643,0682,695
Government funding 1,845809855
Fees for service 439439415
Investment income 1596835
Other income 7113
Total revenues 27,49718,27416,575
Program costs 6,2685,6585,075
Grants 4,3943,9623,819
Donated goods exp 3,5643,0682,695
Administrative costs 324286340
Fundraising costs 3,1193,3492,791
Total spending 17,66816,32314,721
Cash flow from operations 9,8291,9511,853
Capital spending 1789468
Funding reserves 16,8207,5005,443

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred contributions in donations, affecting total revenues by $8.8m in F2019, $959k in F2018, and $845k in F2017. This includes changes in deferred revenues and changes in other deferred contributions as reported in the charity’s audited financials. Ci has adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenues by ($28k) in F2019, ($29k) in F2018, and ($29k) in F2017. Ci has adjusted for the loss on write-off of deferred contributions, affecting revenues by ($nil) in F2019, ($nil) in F2018, and ($51k) in F2017. Ci has adjusted loss on write-off of intangible assets and loss on disposal of tangible capital assets, affecting expenses by ($14k) in F2019, ($8k) in F2018, and ($58k) in F2017. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 67

Avg. Compensation: $58,700

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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