902 Saint-Laurent Blvd
Montreal, QC H2Z 1J2
President & CEO: Matthew Pearce
Board Chair: Eric Maldof

Charitable Reg. #:12392 0324 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About Mission Old Brewery:

Founded in 1890, Mission Old Brewery (MOB) tackles homelessness in Montreal by helping people find stable housing and break the homeless cycle. MOB offers emergency shelters and affordable housing options to meet the immediate needs of homeless people. The charity also runs transition programs and physical and mental health programs to help prevent people from falling back into the cycle of homelessness. In F2018, Mission Old Brewery welcomed 2,184 people experiencing homelessness. 

With emergency shelters, Mission Old Brewery aims to ensure that people can access the basic life necessities – water, food, shelter and clothing. Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion and Webster Pavilion are MOB’s two major emergency shelters for women and men, respectively. In F2018, MOB housed 600 women, 301 of whom were new clients. MOB also offers the Accueil program out of Webster Pavillion for men who are homeless for the first time. In F2018the charity helped 876 men experiencing homelessness for the first timeup from 649 in F2017.  

Mission Old Brewery runs three affordable housing programs in Montreal: the 29-unit Lise Watier Pavilion, the 30-unit Marcelle et Jean Coutu Pavilion and the 30-unit Le Pont Housing program. MOB offers these housing options so that people do not have to rely on emergency homeless shelters for an extended period.  

Through its three transition programs, MOB helps homeless people gain the knowledge they need to move from shelters into a more stable life. The Etape program teaches homeless men and women about how to find stable housing and welfare income. When people complete Etape, they can enter the Escale program where they learn how to find a stable job and permanent housing. The Voisines program is specifically for women and educates them on daily activities, such as socializing and shopping, that they had not experienced on the street. In F2018, the charity reported it was in the process of building 10 new units in a residential building as part of The Voisines program.  

Mission Old Brewery also runs physical and mental health programs because it is often difficult for homeless people to access the care and support they need on the street. MOB opened a walk-in medical clinic in 2013 and also runs two mental health programs. Since 2013, the charity has helped 321 homeless men and 140 homeless women with mental health disorders receive care. 

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Results and Impact

Mission Old Brewery reports that 96% of previously homeless clients have reintegrated into the community and are still living in their own apartment63% of homeless women who took part in the charity’s transition program have reintegrated into the community and are now living independentlyIn addition, MOB also helped 480 people, who are considered chronically homeless, to overcome years of instability and trauma through these transition programs57% of clients treated for mental health problems improved their overall well-being and moved on to MOB’s transition programs. 

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This financial analysis reflects the consolidated financial position of Old Brewery Mission and The Old Brewery Mission Foundation (the Foundation). Old Brewery Mission also exerts effective control over the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion and Maison Roger Beaulieu, which are two separate registered charities. Neither charity is included in this analysis. 

The Old Brewery Mission is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising revenues of $9.8m in F2016. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 6% of donations. For every dollar donated, 83 cents go towards MOB’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. MOB and the Foundation hold net funding reserves of $11.0m, which can cover annual program costs for 1.3 years. 

Compensation information reflects combined compensation schedules from MOB and the Foundation based on F2018 T3010 CRA filings. 

This charity report is an update that was sent to Mission Old Brewery for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on July 25, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.6%11.8%15.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 6.3%7.3%17.5%
Total overhead spending 16.9%19.1%32.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 128.5%123.5%123.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,5484,2634,386
Goods in kind 1,2681,214189
Government funding 890634488
Fees for service 709639679
Business activities (net) 424972
Special events 5,2995,1083,102
Investment income 5101,347(148)
Other income 2124116
Total revenues 13,28713,2788,886
Program costs 7,6307,1906,148
Grants 8991,151931
Administrative costs 1,3581,4101,384
Fundraising costs 6206801,308
Total spending 10,50710,4319,771
Cash flow from operations 2,7792,847(887)
Capital spending 1,3881,866274
Funding reserves 10,96110,3018,747

Note: Ci included contributions related to interest on long-term debt in other revenue and MOB occupancy revenues in fees for service. MOB rental revenues are reported gross of direct expenses in business activities. Ci gathered program, grant, administrative and fundraising expense breakdowns for MOB and the Foundation from T3010 CRA filings. Ci backed out amortization of tangible capital assets related to MOB from program and administrative costs based on % of total expenses. Ci backed out amortization of tangible capital assets related to the Foundation from administrative costs. Ci did not adjust for loss on disposal of capital assets because the amounts are not material and Ci could not determine the category in which the amounts were originally expensed.   Total revenues and total expenses decreased by $3.9m in F2018, $4.8m in F2017, and $3.1m in F2016 during consolidation. These figures represent the transfer of funds from the foundation to the charity to fund charitable activities, which were recognized in revenues by OBM and expenses by the Foundation. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 97

Avg. Compensation: $48,170

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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