39 McArthur Ave
Ottawa, ON K1L 8L7
Executive Director: Lauren Ravon
Director: Carolina Palacios

Charitable Reg. #:12971 6866 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 70 cents are available for programs.

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About Oxfam Canada:

Oxfam Canada is a two-star charity. Oxfam Canada's programs have a low demonstrated impact. It has a high results reporting grade. It is also financially transparent and has reasonable overhead costs. The charity does not have large funding reserves and can cover less than 1 year of program costs. Before you give, read Charity Intelligence’s report.

Founded in 1963, Oxfam Canada (OXC) is a charity that aims to end gender inequality and reduce poverty globally. OXC is a branch of the charity Oxfam International, which has affiliated chapters across the world. Oxfam Canada reports that one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual abuse. It also reports that 41,000 girls become child brides every day, and 214 million women have an unmet need for birth control. OXC’s main areas of work include: ending gender-based violence, reproductive health and rights, women’s economic justice, women’s transformative leadership, climate justice, and humanitarian emergencies. In F2022, Oxfam International partnered with 994 local organizations in 87 countries. Its work reached 15.6 million people, of which 47% were women or girls.

In F2022, the charity spent $25.5m internationally on its development and emergency response programs. It also spent $2.0m on its education and awareness program in Canada.

Oxfam Canada worked in the Asia-Pacific region (43% of total spending); Latin America and the Caribbean (28% of total spending); Africa and The Middle East (26% of total spending);  and North America (3% of total spending).

Asia-Pacific: During F2022, Oxfam Canada helped respond to covid-19 in India. It supported nine health facilities with 4,000 safety kits, 700 personal protective equipment kits, and 500 hygiene kits. In the Philippines, OXC responded to Super Typhoon Rai. It supported 28,872 people in need of emergency assistance like water, food, shelter, and medicine. 

Latin America and the Caribbean: In Guatemala, Oxfam Canada trained 2,372 Indigenous women on sustainable and climate change-resistant textile production. It also implemented three campaigns advocating against violence and racism toward Indigenous women.

Africa and The Middle East: OXC responded to the food crisis in East Africa. It reached 270,749 people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan.

North America: In Canada, OXC supported eight public engagement initiatives aimed at raising awareness for sexual and reproductive health and rights. It also published an election guide to inform voters about women’s rights issues. 

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Results and Impact

In F2022, OXC’s Creating Spaces project aimed to improve access to services like medical assistance, job training, and legal aid. In Nepal, it established 180 Community Discussion Centres that contributed to stopping 300 cases of child marriage and other incidents of violence. 

In Bangladesh Oxfam Canada supports aims to get domestic work formally recognized. It also aims to help support domestic workers. In F2021. 72% of domestic workers supported by Oxfam Canada’s project were able to get support from family members on care-related work while working outside the home, an increase from 10% at baseline. 

Oxfam Canada’s Her Future, Her Choice project works to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia. Since the project start in 2019, the percentage of healthcare facilities providing IUDs increased from 49% to 67%. The percentage of facilities offering emergency oral contraceptives increased from 51% to 81%.

OXC also runs the Sexual Health and Empowerment project (SHE). In a SHE project area in the Philippines, teenage pregnancy rates decreased by 30% (compared to 13% nationally) from 2020 to 2021.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of Oxfam Canada's results. 

Charity Intelligence has given Oxfam Canada a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.


Impact Rating: Low

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In F2022, Oxfam Canada received 1$1.9m in donations. It also received $4.1m in donations from outside of Canada. It received $18.1m in government funding, accounting for 53% of total revenues. Fundraising costs are 24% of donations and administrative costs are 6% of revenues (less investment income). Total overhead spending is 30%. For each dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

OXC has reserve funds of $13.6m that can cover program costs for about six months. 

In F2022, OXC paid external fundraisers $781k to raise $881k for an average cost of 89 cents per dollar raised.

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

Updated on July 10, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.0%6.8%7.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.1%28.4%29.4%
Total overhead spending 30.1%35.2%36.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 49.5%58.4%57.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 11,9209,15211,661
International donations 4,1234,0483,348
Government funding 18,06116,02216,361
Investment income (30)(68)154
Other income 857578
Total revenues 34,15829,22931,601
Program costs - International 25,50121,42222,876
Program costs - Canada 2,0332,2301,404
Administrative costs 2,0632,0002,370
Fundraising costs 2,8732,6003,427
Total spending 32,46928,25230,077
Cash flow from operations 1,6899771,524
Capital spending 4324049
Funding reserves 13,63813,82413,849

Note: Ci reported international donations based on the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA. International program costs were also reported based on the T3010 filing. Ci removed amortization of capital assets from program, fundraising, and administrative costs on a pro-rata basis. International Program expenses were adjusted to include advances to program partners, affecting expenses by ($377k) in F2022, $12k in F2021, $761k in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 83

Avg. compensation: $73,684

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:

Oxfam Canada’s vision is a just and sustainable world. Our mission is to fight inequality and patriarchy to end poverty and injustice. Oxfam Canada is one of 21 members of the global Oxfam confederation working in 90 countries to end poverty and injustice.

Oxfam Canada contributes to change on three fronts: humanitarian relief; long-term development; and advocacy and campaigning.  Through our humanitarian relief work, we provide emergency aid when disaster strikes or conflict breaks out. Through our long-term development work, we support projects that help people assert their rights and build better lives for themselves and their communities. Through our advocacy and campaigning, we harness the power of people to change the laws and practices that perpetuate inequality and keep people trapped in poverty. Working on these three fronts in tandem is what makes Oxfam unique. Our ambitions and our approach are outlined in our Oxfam Canada Strategic Framework 2021-25.

Accountability to our donors, our partners and the communities we work with is paramount to us. We are committed to full transparency about how we use donor funds, and to ensure that donations are managed well and ethically. Annually, Oxfam Canada complies with all prescribed regulatory requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency.  We are accredited by Imagine Canada – an accreditation given to charities and non-profits that have taken part in the Imagine Canada Standards Program by identifying and reducing organizational risk, improving board governance practices, being transparent and accountable with finances and fundraising, and fostering a strong workforce. Oxfam Canada’s current and past annual reports and audited financial statements are available at https://www.oxfam.ca/who-we-are/about-oxfam/finances-and-accountability/.

In 2020, as reported in Oxfam Canada’s annual T3010 Registered Charity Information Return submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency, Oxfam’s Canada’s expenses were: charitable programs 78.34%; management and administration costs 8.01%; fundraising 11.69%; gifts to other registered charities and other qualified donees 0.19%; and other 1.78%.  These percentages are calculated according to Canada Revenue Agency guidelines and based on Oxfam Canada’s audited financial statements.

Over the last three years, Oxfam Canada has taken crucial steps to invest in public fundraising to bolster our organizational resilience and sustainability. This has had an impact our fundraising ratios in the short term. The external fundraisers referred to in this Charity Intelligence report are fundraisers that recruit donors who will give ongoing monthly support rather than one-time donations. The return on investment is calculated over five years. This is a forward-looking strategy that provides predictable long-term funding for Oxfam Canada’s work, and which has already increased our capacity to respond to emergency and development needs, and do advocacy work to address the root causes of poverty. We expect fundraising costs to normalize in the coming few years. Oxfam Canada has also taken steps in recent years to build our Reserve Fund - a sign of Oxfam Canada’s commitment to our financial health, sustainability and resilience.

In partnership with our donors and supporters, Oxfam Canada is making lasting change. Visit Oxfam Canada’s website to find out more and learn how you can join us in the fight for equality and justice!

Added by the charity on August 23, 2021.

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