Canadian Mental Health Association

500-250 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5
CEO: Margaret Eaton
Board Chair: Greg Radu

Charitable Reg. #:10686 3657 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 59 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Mental Health Association:

Canadian Mental Health Association is a 4-star charity with an average results reporting grade. The charity is financially transparent and has overhead costs outside Ci’s reasonable range. 

Founded in 1918, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is one of Canada's oldest voluntary mental health organizations. The charity provides services and resources needed to maintain mental health, integrate into the community, and support recovery from mental illness. The charity emphasizes that while one in five people in Canada experience mental illness, five in five people have mental health that needs to be taken care of. CMHA has 11 divisions in all provinces and one territory, and 67 community branches. The following report is on the national branch located in Toronto. The charity does not provide a breakdown of its spending per program.  

CMHA reported that it is the go-to source for mental health information, with 2.6 million website users in F2022. It had over 217,000 social media followers, a 23% increase from F2021. In F2022, CMHA produced over 34,000 news stories across Canada and provided access to IMD, an extensive digital resource library, to 8 million patients. CMHA also ran its 71st annual Mental Health Week in F2022 to emphasize the importance of empathy in our lives. This social media campaign enabled people to share stories, express empathy and receive support.

Canadian Mental Health Association also advocates for policy and research to improve mental health in Canada. In F2022, the charity had 52 engagements with federal decision makers, 9 policy statements, and 20 new strategic policy and advocacy partnerships. During the same year, it ran a campaign that elevated the national conversation on mental health. The campaign reached almost 3 million people, with 657,042 engagements. In F2022, it published research on the impact of covid-19 on Canadians’ mental health.

CMHA runs community support and learning programs to address and prevent mental illnesses. Not Myself Today helps employers build awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. In F2022, 374 companies with 332,889 employees participated in the initiative. CMHA’s Recovery Colleges program operates 27 centres across Canada where adults can go to learn about mental health and well-being. Recovery Colleges provide a learning space where anyone can access free courses, webinars, and workshops to learn and connect with others in their community. In 2022, the program supported 4,000 students. The Peer Support program allows a trained peer supporter to listen and emotionally support someone experiencing mental health issues. 53 peer supporters were certified in F2022. CMHA also offers BounceBack, a guided self-help program to support managing moderate depression and anxiety.  

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Results and Impact

88% of CMHA’s BounceBack participants reported that the program helped them make positive life changes. 93% of them would recommend BounceBack to a friend.

Resilient Minds has supported thousands of firefighters to safeguard their mental health. Of the participants, 100% reported gaining applicable and new knowledge on psychological trauma and disorder. 100% learned to manage stress better and increased their personal resilience, and 70% used the skills they learned in the program in their work and personal life after the course.

95% of students joining Recovery Colleges are satisfied with what they learned in the program.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Mental Health Association’s results. 

The charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2022, CMHA received donations and special event revenues of $5.0m. The charity also received $1.9m in fees for service from its Workplace Mental Health program, representing 26% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 31% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 41%. For every dollar donated, 59 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

CMHA has $5.4m in reserve funds. The charity could cover 187% or over one year and 10 months of its annual program costs with its reserves.  

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Mental Health Association for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on June 20, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 30.8%47.1%34.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.9%4.8%53.7%
Total overhead spending 40.7%51.9%87.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 186.6%625.4%206.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,1154,4731,959
Government funding 04020
Fees for service 1,9161,5642,021
Special events 8604951,135
Investment income 73686
Other income 224149
Total revenues 6,9867,0445,170
Program costs 2,881599442
Administrative costs 2,1313,2881,755
Fundraising costs 4902381,662
Total spending 5,5034,1253,859
Cash flow from operations 1,4832,9191,311
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 5,3773,744910

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by $148k in F2022, $368k in F2021, and ($246k) in F2020. Ci reported investment income from CMHA’s T3010 CRA filings and backed out the amount from Other revenue in the audited statement. Ci reported program, administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from these costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 25

Avg. compensation: $132,861

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001