Welcome Hall Mission

606 De Courcelle Street
Montreal, QC H4C 3L5
Executive Director: Samuel Watts
Board President: Cyril Morgan

Charitable Reg. #:10819 5215 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) 69 cents are available for programs.

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About Welcome Hall Mission:

Welcome Hall Mission is a three-star charity. It has a low results reporting grade and is financially transparent. 

Founded in 1892, Welcome Hall Mission / Mission Bon Accueil (WHM) works to reduce homelessness and poverty in Montreal. Its services support homeless people, single mothers, low-income families, and at-risk youth. WHM’s main charitable programs are Support & Care, Food, and Family.  

In F2022, the Support and Care program received 74% of spending. This program mainly provides emergency shelter for those in need. In F2022, Welcome Hall Mission provided 140,000 nights of safe shelter for 5,876 different people. This program also includes addiction support, long-term housing, employment workshops, and parenting classes.  

In F2022, the Food program made up 20% of total spending. This program provides healthy meals to people in need. In F2022, Welcome Hall Mission served over 270,000 meals. WHM also leads Marché Bon Accueil, a free grocery store. This store had over 85,000 visits in F2022.  

In F2022, the Family program received the remaining 6% of spending. This program provides legal support, job workshops, tutoring, healthcare, and an overnight camp for low-income families. In F2022, WHM’s dental clinic had 3,200 visits. The charity also gave school supplies to 1,900 children.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Welcome Hall Mission helped 237 people successfully transition into permanent housing. The charity’s food program rescued over 1.5 million kilograms of food from landfills. 

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Welcome Hall Mission’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2022, Welcome Hall Mission received $9.7m in Canadian donations and $10.8m in donated goods. It also received $8.8m in government funding (29% of total revenue). Administrative costs and fundraising costs are not reported separately on WHM’s audited financial statements, so Ci used the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA to report these costs. Administrative costs are 4% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 28% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 31%. For every dollar donated, 69 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.   

Welcome Hall Mission has $4.5m in net funding reserves ($10.1m in liquid assets less $5.3m in interest-bearing debts) which can cover annual program costs for around four months. If donated goods in-kind are included, the charity’s funding reserves could cover around two months of program costs. 

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

Updated on June 12, 2023 by Clive Stevens.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.6%2.7%2.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.8%33.9%13.2%
Total overhead spending 31.4%36.6%16.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 35.1%36.1%27.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,7427,43610,695
Goods in kind 10,83212,86310,915
Government funding 8,78711,4525,857
Fees for service 1,1291,0801,029
Business activities (net) 07193
Investment income (175)872391
Total revenues 30,31533,71129,079
Program costs 13,55515,11410,868
Donated goods exp 12,15014,14610,097
Administrative costs 1,098897826
Fundraising costs 2,7122,5191,407
Other costs 190199216
Total spending 29,70532,87423,414
Cash flow from operations 6108365,665
Capital spending 10228597
Funding reserves 4,7555,4563,030

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred revenue from non-government sources. This affected revenues by $182k in F2022, ($2.0m) in F2021, and ($2.1m) in F2020. Ci also adjusted donations in deferred revenue from government sources. This affected revenues by $281k in F2022, $669k in F2021, and ($121k) in F2020. Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA. Ci backed out the value of donated merchandise used in programs from program costs and listed it separately as donated goods expenses. Ci has adjusted for reserve expenses, affecting total expenses by ($5k) in F2022, ($5k) in F2021, and ($14k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 149

Avg. compensation: $51,293

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.welcomehallmission.com
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