World University Service of Canada

1404 Scott Street
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M8
Executive Director: Chris Eaton
Board Chair: Margaret Biggs

Charitable Reg. #:11930 4848 RR0001


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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 World University Service of Canada:

Founded in 1957, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) works to improve education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for youth around the world. WUSC’s programs focus on helping youth not enrolled in school and living in poverty, young women facing sexual discrimination in the workplace, young refugees, and other marginalized people.  

In F2018, World University Service of Canada worked in 29 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The charity reached over 250,000 people directly through its programs in F2018. The charity runs three major programs: education, employment, and empowerment. It also has two flagship initiatives: its Student Refugee Program and Uniterra.  

Through the Student Refugee Program, refugees receive sponsorships to help them continue their education in Canada after being displaced from their homes abroad.  In F2018, the program helped 130 students at 83 sponsor campuses across Canada. In addition, 9 new campuses made commitments to begin sponsoring students in F2019. 

Uniterra is an international development program WUSC runs in partnership with CECI (Centre for International Studies and Cooperation) and funded by Global Affairs Canada. In F2018, the program partnered with Farm Radio International to deliver social marketing programs in 5 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The program discusses laws, quality, control, marketing, and more, to increase awareness on barriers and opportunities for women in the residential construction and agriculture sectors. The project supported 21 radio broadcasters to create 85 weeks’ worth of episodes, resulting in 12,742 interactions from listeners via phone and SMS.  

Current education initiatives include Refugee Girls Education as well as International Student Management. Current employment initiatives include Inclusive Market Facilitation and Youth Skills Development. WUSC’s current empowerment initiative is Maternal, Child, and Newborn Health.   

Note: at time of profile update, the latest available annual report was F2018 and the latest available audited financial statements were F2019. 

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Results and Impact

In F2018, the charity helped resettle 130 students to Canada through the Student Refugee Program. A 2007 study found that 97 percent of sponsored students had completed, or were in the process of completing, their post-secondary program with many intending to further their education. The vast majority (85%) had found work in their chosen fields after graduation.  

The Refugee Girls’ Education program helps marginalized girls and boys in northern Kenya by improving the access to and quality of education in four target communities. The latest update reports a 92% success rate. 

The International Student Management program provides opportunities for international students in developing countries by helping with the application process, managing scholarships, providing Homestay Host families, and more. The latest update reports that 92% of students graduate and return to their home country, where they can work and contribute to their community’s and country’s development. 

Charity Intelligence has given World University Service of Canada a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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F2019 figures come from summarized financial statements posted on the charity’s website. Without financial notes, Ci could not break out Canadian program costs from international program costs. 

World University Service of Canada is a medium-sized charity with total Canadian cash donations of $2.3m in F2019. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 82 cents go toward its programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. WUSC’s funding reserves of $5.5m include a $68k endowment fund. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover just under 2 months of annual program costs. 

WUSC relies heavily on government funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), formerly Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), to fund its programs. Government funding made up 58% of total revenues in F2019. International donations of $10.0m (25% of total revenues) include $99k from the Government of Botswana and $7.6m from UK-Aid. 

Donated goods in kind of $4.7m in F2019 is composed of donated services provided by Canadian volunteers working overseas, and is based on the volunteer daily rate determined by GAC and Canadian International Development Agency. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to World University Service of Canada for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 9, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.6%6.5%7.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.1%8.3%7.1%
Total overhead spending 17.7%14.8%14.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.7%21.7%36.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,2742,3142,403
International donations 10,04111,83613,512
Goods in kind 4,6956,0824,576
Government funding 23,65224,94823,316
Fees for service 869281
Investment income 27101
Other income 101160
Total revenues 40,87645,29943,890
Program costs - International 32,43224,12723,506
Program costs - Canada 011,32111,791
Donated goods exp 4,6956,0824,576
Administrative costs 2,6952,9283,065
Fundraising costs 253193172
Total spending 40,07444,65143,111
Cash flow from operations 801647779
Capital spending 365834319
Funding reserves 5,4947,74512,770

Note: International program cost figures reported in the charity’s T3010 filing for F2018 and F2017 with the CRA were removed from Canadian program costs and included in international program costs. The charity’s T3010 filing for F2019 was not available at the time of update. Ci backed out amortization from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 100

Avg. Compensation: $60,898

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 F2018

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