52 Catharine Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 1J1
Executive Director: Don Seymour
Board Chair: Howard Williamson

Charitable Reg. #:11929 1946 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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Wesley Urban Ministries:

Founded in the basement of Wesley United Church in 1955, Wesley Urban Ministries (Wesley) aims to transform the lives of people who are homeless or living in poverty in Hamilton, Halton, and Brantford. The charity has three main program areas: housing and homelessness; children, youth, and family; and newcomer and community services.

In F2018, Wesley allocated 41% of program spending to housing and homeless services. The charity offers drop-in services and support, emergency shelter, and specialized care for individuals struggling with addiction. In F2018, clients received 63,460 hot meals, 4,584 hours of addiction-support healthcare, and 834 hours of chaplaincy counselling and memorial services. The new supportive housing service provides 10 beds for individuals dealing with multiple diagnoses such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar disorders, an intellectual disability, or autism.

Children, youth, and family services received 31% of program spending in F2018. In poor and under-served neighbourhoods, Wesley offers childcare, before and after school programs, parenting workshops, summer and March break camps. In F2018, 395 pregnant women and new parents were supported through home visits. Wesley employees provide support with having a healthy pregnancy, developing a relationship with the new baby, breastfeeding, nutrition, child development, parenting skills, and access to other community programs. Youth aged 12 to 21 can access guidance related to employment and education, information on health and wellness, and social and recreational opportunities. For homeless youth, Wesley’s residential program provides shelter and guidance in preparing for independent living.

In F2018, the remaining 28% of program spending was allocated to supporting newcomers to Canada and others who may feel isolated from the community. Over 60 languages are spoken by Wesley volunteers to ensure that client needs are met. In F2018, the charity visited with 1,393 newcomers in the community and supported 137 vulnerable seniors. Low-income families can receive gifts at the Christmas and holiday store, providing gifts and food for 843 children in F2018.

Wesley Urban Ministries operates two social enterprises with profits going toward operating programs: First Start Café and Interpretation Services. The café employs youth and adults who have difficulty finding other employment. It is open daily, serving individual meals and providing catering.

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Results and Impact

Wesley reports that 95% of chronically homeless clients remain securely housed. The charity supported 228 clients who enrolled in college or university, and 200 who found stable employment.

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Wesley is a medium-sized charity with donations and special events revenues of $2.5m in F2018, along with $430k in donated goods. The charity received $9.9m in government funding, representing 74% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Wesley has $3.6m in funding reserves, of which $28k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover more than three months of program costs with reserves.

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

Updated on August 8, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.8%5.9%4.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.6%12.1%15.5%
Total overhead spending 19.4%18.0%20.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.5%19.9%36.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,3062,3541,326
Goods in kind 430404324
Government funding 9,89410,1319,643
Fees for service 532456276
Special events 208169195
Investment income 3910965
Total revenues 13,41013,62211,828
Program costs 11,49011,90010,568
Grants 846
Administrative costs 906801545
Fundraising costs 317304236
Other costs 192931
Total spending 13,17013,44211,710
Cash flow from operations 240180118
Capital spending 324150(461)
Funding reserves 3,6492,3983,856

Note: Ci has included the value of in-kind donations, donations from estates, and investment income related to board restricted assets, affecting revenue by $490k in F2018, $521k in F2017, and $497k in F2016. Amortization of deferred capital contributions has been excluded, affecting revenue by ($86k) in F2018, ($60k) in F2017, and ($96k) in F2016. Administrative and fundraising costs are as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci has adjusted for expenses related to the Syrian refugee program, board restricted Syrian refugee program expenses, scholarships granted, and included the value of in-kind donations, affecting expenses by $494k in F2018, $629k in F2017, and $375k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 179

Avg. Compensation: $40,096

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.wesley.ca
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