919 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC V8V 3P4
CEO: Julian Daly
Board Chair: Allan Saunders

Charitable Reg. #:82709 8344 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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Our Place:

Our Place is a 4-star rated charity with a high results reporting grade. The charity has best practices in financial transparency and has average overhead costs.

Founded in 2007, Our Place is a Christian charity that helps people overcome homelessness, addiction, mental health challenges, and poverty. The charity is the merger of The Upper Room and The Open Door. Our Place is based in Victoria, BC, operating emergency shelters, transitional housing units, and a drop-in centre. According to the charity, there were 1,716 illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C., with 122 in Victoria in 2020. The charity reports that on a single night in March 2020, an estimated 1,523 people experienced homelessness in Greater Victoria. The charity operates three main programs: Nourishing Change, Compassionate Outreach, and Health and Hygiene. The charity does not disclose how much was spent on each program.

Through its Nourishing Change program, the charity provides meals and shelter for its clients. Our Place served meals out of its Pandora location and delivered meals to its temporary transitional housing units and shelters. In F2021, Our Place served 268,00 meals and made 427 supportive housing referrals.

The charity operates a drop-in centre as part of the Compassionate Outreach program. The drop-in centre has computer facilities, employment services, a library, and a mail and messaging centre. Our Place serves 600-800 people daily at the drop-in centre. In F2021, Our Place provided 24 rent and hydro supports and made 61 BCID I.D. referrals.

Our Place’s Health and Hygiene program helps individuals access essential health services, including addiction recovery services. In F2021, Our Place provided 10,241 hot showers, 4,320 paramedic/outreach medical assessments, and 62 detox and treatment assessments.

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Results and Impact

Our Place reports that in F2021, it housed over 500 people.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Our Place’s results and impact. 

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Ci consolidated Our Place Society and Our Place Foundation in the following financial analysis.

Our Place received $6.6m in donations F2021. The charity received $8.6m in government funding in F2021 (representing 59% of total revenue). Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. This means that Our Place spent 24% on overhead in F2021. For every dollar donated to the charity, 76 cents goes to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Our Place has funding reserves of $10.9m which can cover just under 11 months of annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence has sent an update of this report to Our Place for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 14, 2022 by Ann Lei.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.0%6.5%6.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.9%14.9%21.2%
Total overhead spending 23.9%21.4%27.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 90.0%87.3%110.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,2065,7633,791
Government funding 8,6286,1025,337
Fees for service 670480271
Investment income 1606952
Total revenues 14,66412,4149,450
Program costs 12,0209,8558,125
Administrative costs 872806571
Fundraising costs 931856804
Total spending 13,82311,5189,500
Cash flow from operations 841896(50)
Capital spending 132909542
Funding reserves 10,8518,6378,968

Note: Transfers between Our Place and Our Place Foundation were excluded from revenue and expenses. Ci adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions affecting revenue by ($568k) in F2021, ($559k) in F2020, and ($406k) in F2019. Ci took program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 154

Avg. compensation: $55,823

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

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Charity Contact

Website: www.ourplacesociety.com
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001