6 Warrendale Court
Toronto, ON M9V 1P9
Executive Director: Steve Doherty
Board Chair: Kerry McGrath

Charitable Reg. #:11930 7817 RR0001


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

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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) 75 cents are available for programs.

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About Youth Without Shelter:

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) works with homeless youth aged 16 to 24 in North Etobicoke, Ontario. It was founded in 1986 by a group of teachers and guidance counsellors frustrated with the lack of safe emergency housing and support programs for homeless students. According to the charity, 1,500 to 2,000 youth are homeless in Toronto each night. YWS operates seven programs for at-risk youth: Emergency Residential, Stay in School, Housing, Life Skills, Employment, and Educational Outreach.

In F2020, the Emergency Residential Program received 45% of program spending. There are 33 emergency shelter beds available each night. The program provides shelter, counselling, meals, clothing, and personal hygiene products. In F2020, YWS provided 46,930 meals/snacks, 2,390 one-on-one counselling sessions, and 240 winter coats.

YWS allocated 28% of program spending to its Stay in School Program in F2020. YWS states that homeless youth often drop out of school, which disadvantages them later in life. The program has 20 beds and provides a stable living environment, clothing, hygiene products, food, and counselling. Students can also access tutoring, computers, and school supplies. In F2020, YWS provided 175 backpacks to students for the first day of school.

In F2020, YWS allocated 9% of program spending to the Housing and After-Care Program. The charity prevents youth from becoming homeless again by placing them into stable housing. In F2020, YWS had 150 outreach appointments and distributed 421 hygiene packages.  

Of the remaining program spending in F2020, 7% was allocated to teaching clients life skills, 5% to coordinating volunteers, 4% to employment services, and 3% to educational outreach.

YWS has the goal of helping 500 youth exit homelessness into stable housing between 2019 and 2024.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, Youth Without Shelter housed 53 youth in need. Of these youth, 33 were in the Emergency Residential Program and 20 were in the Stay in School Program. In F2020, eight of the youth in the Stay in School Program (SIS) graduated. The charity reports that the program has a graduation rate of over 80%.

In F2020, 50 youth in the Housing and After-Care Program moved to permanent housing.

In F2020, 79 youth were employed through YWS’s employment program.

Charity Intelligence gave Youth Without Shelter an impact rating of Fair for proven impact per dollar.


Impact Rating: Fair

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In F2020, Youth Without Shelter had total donations of $1.8m. YWS also received $1.2m in government funding, representing 36% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 25%. For every dollar donated, 75 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. YWS has $1.7m in funding reserves which could cover eight months of annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Youth Without Shelter for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 7, 2021 by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.1%6.2%5.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.8%16.7%12.6%
Total overhead spending 24.9%22.8%17.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 66.9%58.0%78.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,811,2961,143,7551,403,473
Goods in kind 379,533205,469253,996
Government funding 1,243,1321,227,6071,200,104
Other income 48,2394,1179,697
Total revenues 3,482,2002,580,9482,867,270
Program costs 2,578,2232,364,0082,176,463
Administrative costs 176,677159,011146,763
Fundraising costs 358,585190,813176,809
Total spending 3,113,4852,713,8322,500,035
Cash flow from operations 368,715(132,884)367,235
Capital spending 52,619149,882164,184
Funding reserves 1,724,1191,371,4151,701,431

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred revenue, property & equipment received, and amortization of property and equipment grants, affecting total revenues by $232k in F2020, ($279k) in F2019, and $102k in F2018.  Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 28

Avg. compensation: $59,615

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

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments have been previously added by the charity and may not reflect the 2021 profile: 

Two core practices guide all services at YWS:

1)   Strength-based model of care:  focuses on young people’s strengths and building a safe, community within our walls and a relationship based upon trust and respect.

2)   Trauma informed care:  “Everyone has the right to a future that is not dictated by their past.” Majority of the youth YWS serves have had to deal with overwhelming personal experiences that may have changed their perception about life.  Our goal is to have a support system that will empower young people to success, and help them transition from a post-traumatic state to post-traumatic growth.

In June 2015 after consultation with our stakeholders and the youth we serve the YWS Board of Directors committed to a strategic plan that will guide YWS over the next three years. Considering all that we heard and learned from our stakeholders and youth a strategic plan has been developed with four strategic priorities, that can be viewed on our website.


Comments for the 2021 profile may be forthcoming. 

Charity Contact

Website: www.yws.on.ca
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