52 Catharine Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 1J1
Acting CEO: Josey Kitson
Board Chair: Julie Vernon

Charitable Reg. #:11929 1946 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 62 cents are available for programs.

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About Wesley:

Wesley Urban Ministries is a 3-star charity. It is financially transparent and has an average results reporting grade but has overhead spending outside of Ci’s reasonable range.

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. Wesley runs three main programs: Housing and Homelessness Services; Newcomer and Community Services; and Children, Youth, and Family Services.

Housing and Homelessness Services - 44% of total program spending: Wesley offers drop-in services, emergency shelters, and specialized care for clients struggling with addiction. Wesley also runs supportive housing services, which offer structured programming and recreational activities for residents. In F2022, 145 people stayed at its Covid-19 Isolation Centre, and 94 children stayed in the Emergency Supportive Housing program in Halton.

Newcomer and Community Services - 24% of program spending: Wesley supports Canadian immigrants and refugees through job training programs and temporary housing. Its staff and volunteers speak over 60 languages to meet clients’ needs. Wesley Urban Ministries reports that it helped to settle 636 newcomers in F2022. Wesley also offers services for vulnerable or isolated seniors, such as grocery shopping and home visits. In F2022, it provided over 600 holiday hampers packed with food and gifts to 1,837 people.

Children, Youth, and Family Services - 22% of total program spending: In areas with high poverty rates, Wesley offers childcare services, before- and after-school programs, and children’s camps. In F2022, 173 children attended these two programs and camps. Wesley’s staff also provide resources and support to pregnant women and new parents by helping with breastfeeding, nutrition, and referrals to local services. The charity conducted 1,800 visits to support parents of newborn babies in F2022.

The remaining 10% went to social enterprises and administration. Wesley operates three social enterprises with profits going toward its programs. These include First Start Farm, First Start Café, and Interpretation Services. Wesley’s café hires people who have difficulty finding work.


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Results and Impact

In F2022, Wesley reported that it helped move 60 homeless individuals into permanent housing. In the Newcomer and Community Services program, the charity reported helping 636 newcomers settle as Government Assisted Refugees and secondary migrants. It also supported 76 youths and adults to begin new employment.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Wesley Urban Ministries’ results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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In F2022, Wesley had donations and special events revenue of $1.9m and donated goods of $35k. The charity received $13.5m in government funding, representing 79% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 32% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 38%. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to the cause, which is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Wesley has $5.8m in reserve funds, of which $32k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 37% or around four and a half months of its annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Wesley for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 19, 2023 by Krystie Nguyen.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.4%3.7%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 31.9%12.0%10.7%
Total overhead spending 38.4%15.7%17.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 37.3%43.6%33.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,8212,0492,624
Goods in kind 3535895
Government funding 13,51213,96811,659
Fees for service 1,4441,1081,058
Special events 121124173
Investment income 133409(75)
Total revenues 17,06517,69216,333
Program costs 15,57014,58513,196
Donated goods exp 3535895
Administrative costs 1,0916441,133
Fundraising costs 620260299
Other costs 13811
Total spending 17,32815,53215,533
Cash flow from operations (262)2,160801
Capital spending 17389320
Funding reserves 5,8366,3914,428

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred non-government revenue and deferred capital contributions. This affected total expenses by ($303k) in F2022, ($168k) in F2021, $365k in F2020. Ci reported the value of donated goods from Wesley’s financial notes, affecting total revenues and expenses by $35k in F2022, $35k in F2021, and $895k in F2020. Ci included donations from estates and investment income related to board restricted assets in revenues, affecting total revenues by $233k in F2022, $560k in F2021, and $270k in F2020. Ci adjusted for deferred government funding, affecting revenues by ($620k) in F2022, $613k in F2021, and ($146k) in F2020. Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA and removed interest from administrative costs to report them as other expenses. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 295

Avg. compensation: $37,220

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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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.wesley.ca
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