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) 65 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. Its overhead costs are just outside Ci's reasonable range. It has a high results reporting grade and is financially transparent. The charity does not have large funding reserves and can cover less than 1 year of program costs. 

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. In F2021, Oxfam International partnered with 4,128 local organizations across 93 countries, reaching 14.8 million people through its work. 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 F2021, the charity spent $23.7m on programs.

In F2021, Oxfam Canada worked in the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, The Middle East, Latin America and the Carribbean, and North America. OXC’s Creating Spaces project offers services and economic opportunities to women who have been victims of gender-based violence. In F2021, this project reached 129,884 people. Its sexual health and empowerment program reached 17,155 people in the Philippines. As a part of this program, menstrual hygiene kits were given out to almost 6,000 people. OXC’s partners also trained 25 women’s rights groups to promote sexual health and meet birth control needs in local communities. During the year, it provided clean water, food, shelter, and hygiene kits to over 45,000 people in Central America after hurricane Eta. OXC helped provided clean water, emergency housing, and sanitation products to over 14,000 people in Lebanon after an explosion in Beirut.  

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Results and Impact

In 2020 the Girls Not Brides Act, which aims to outlaw child marriage passed in the house and the senate of the Philippines. Oxfam Canada reports that this was largely a result of its advocacy efforts through its Creating Spaces project. In Africa, OXC’s partners built handwashing stations that benefitted over 18,000 people.

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 F2021, Oxfam Canada received $9.2m in Canadian donations and $4.0m in international donations. It also received $16.0m in government funding, which represents 55% of total revenue. Administrative costs represent 7% of total revenue excluding investment income. Fundraising costs represent 28% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 35%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 65 cents go to the cause. This is just outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. According to its T3010 filing with the CRA, Oxfam Canada transferred $11.1m to Oxfam Great Britain as a part of its international program spending. While OXC's 2021 annual report says that only 4% of program spending was in North America, Ci reports that Canadian programs represent 9% of program spending based on the audited financial statements.

Oxfam Canada has $13.8m in net funding reserves, which includes $14.2m in liquid assets less $346k in interest-bearing debts. The charity’s net funding reserves can cover annual program costs for around 7 months. In F2021, OXC paid external fundraisers $434k to raise $183k. It costed $2.37 to raise a dollar, meaning the charity lost money by using external fundraisers.

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

Updated on June 13th, 2022 by Arjun Kapur.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.8%7.5%8.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 28.4%29.4%34.1%
Total overhead spending 35.2%36.9%42.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 58.4%57.0%52.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,15211,6619,779
International donations 4,0483,3483,368
Government funding 16,02216,36111,571
Investment income (68)154144
Other income 7578146
Total revenues 29,22931,60125,009
Program costs - International 21,41122,11515,960
Program costs - Canada 2,2412,1651,824
Administrative costs 2,0002,3702,186
Fundraising costs 2,6003,4273,330
Total spending 28,25230,07723,300
Cash flow from operations 9771,5241,709
Capital spending 24049221
Funding reserves 13,82413,8499,285

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 $12k in F2021, $761k in F2020, and ($84k) in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 78

Avg. compensation: $87,579

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 F2021

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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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