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:

[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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About Youth Without Shelter:

Youth Without Shelter is a 3-star charity. It has Fair demonstrated impact and an above-average results reporting score. The charity is financially transparent and has overhead spending within Ci’s reasonable range.

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 counselors 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 and After-Care, Life Skills, Mental Health, Employment, and Educational Outreach. YWS aims to help 500 youth exit homelessness to stable living from 2019 to 2024.

Residential Programs - 73% of program spending: YWS runs two residential programs: Emergency Residential and Stay in School. Emergency Residential program provides shelter, counseling, meals, clothing, and personal hygiene products. For the Stay in School program, YWS states that homeless youth often drop out of school, which disadvantages them later in life. Stay in School program provides a stable living environment, clothing, hygiene products, food, and counseling. Students can also access tutoring, computers, and school supplies. In F2022, YWS provided 12,831 bed nights, 64,155 healthy meals and 3,009 case management assessments in both residential programs. Emergency Residential helped 165 youth and Stay in School helped 22 youth in F2022.

Housing and After-Care Program – 8% of program spending: The charity prevents youth from becoming homeless again by placing them in stable housing. In F2022, YWS had 381 food bank visits and provided 17 On-the-Move kits.

Life Skills – 6% of program spending: The program provides current and former residents with vital life skills training and support based on their individual needs. In F2022, the charity served 40 youth, including 26 current and 14 former residents.

Mental Health – 6% of program spending: The program provides mental health support upon request or referral for current and former residents and takes place in YWC’s counseling office at the shelter. In F2022, the charity provided 497 remote, in-person and text sessions to 34 youth.

Of the remaining 6% of program spending in F2022, 3% went to the Employment Program, and 3% went to Educational Outreach.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Youth Without Shelter helped 15 youth find employment and 10 youth graduate from school. During the same year, 29 youth in the Housing and After-Care Program moved to permanent housing (around 18% of total youth served in F2022).

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Youth Without Shelter’s results and impact.

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

Impact Rating: Fair

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In F2022, Youth Without Shelter had total donations of $2.6m. YWS also received $1.2m in government funding, representing 30% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues, and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 18%. For every dollar donated, 82 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

YWS has $2.1m in reserve funds. The charity could cover around 9 months of its annual program costs with its reserves.

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

Updated on July 4, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.5%5.7%5.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.0%12.6%21.4%
Total overhead spending 17.5%18.3%26.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 76.3%70.1%78.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,576,7152,455,8031,676,127
Goods in kind 376,460341,010379,533
Government funding 1,244,6601,247,4931,243,132
Investment income 4,71626,00840,739
Total revenues 4,202,5514,070,3143,339,531
Program costs 2,694,8212,793,4882,198,690
Donated goods exp 376,460341,010379,533
Administrative costs 231,598231,598176,677
Fundraising costs 309,398309,398358,585
Total spending 3,612,2773,675,4943,113,485
Cash flow from operations 590,274394,820226,046
Capital spending 242,718231,80852,619
Funding reserves 2,057,3871,958,8001,724,119

Note: YWS financial statements did not disclose fundraising costs. Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. Both administrative and fundraising costs are reported as exactly the same value for F2021 and F2022. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred revenue, affecting total revenues by $384k in F2022, ($96k) in F2021, and $237k in F2020.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 35

Avg. compensation: $60,432

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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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.” The majority of the youth YWS serves have had to deal with overwhelming personal experiences that may have changed their perception of life.  Our goal is to have a support system that will empower young people to succeed, 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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-748-0110 ext. 26


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