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: 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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About Wesley:

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. According to the charity, Hamilton has the third-highest poverty rate in Ontario, which amounts to more than 6,000 children in poverty. Wesley runs three main programs: Housing and Homelessness Services; Children, Youth, and Family Services; and Newcomer and Community Services.

Housing and Homelessness Services made up 41% of program costs in F2020. Wesley offers drop-in services, emergency shelters, and specialized care for clients struggling with addiction. In F2020, Wesley served an average of 98 lunches per day at its drop-in centre and provided 5,803 overnight stays in its alcohol special care unit. Wesley also runs supportive housing services, which offer structured programming and recreational activities for residents. During the year, Wesley opened a new supportive housing unit in Brantford, offering 30 new apartments for people with multiple diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, or intellectual disabilities.

Children, Youth, and Family Services were 31% of program spending in F2020. In areas with high poverty rates, Wesley offers childcare services, before- and after- school programs, and children’s camps. Wesley’s staff also provide resources and support to pregnant women and new parents, such as by helping with breastfeeding, nutrition, and referrals to local services. In F2020, the charity supported 365 new families through home visits by trained staff. It also provided 55,852 snacks at its children and youth programs during the year.

Newcomer and Community Services made up the remaining 28% of program costs. 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 955 newcomers and provided 275 people with work assistance each month in F2020. Wesley also offers services for vulnerable or isolated seniors, such as grocery shopping and home visits.

Wesley also 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.

Recent News: In response to covid-19, Wesley opened a new isolation centre for homeless people in Hamilton. Wesley’s drop-in centre recently experienced a covid-19 outbreak in February 2021, which was resolved by March 10.


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Results and Impact

In F2020, Wesley reported that it housed 337 chronically homeless individuals. This compares to 125 chronically homeless people housed in the year before. Wesley also had three students graduate from its programs to attend post-secondary education. In early 2020, Wesley states that it helped 11 people facing layoffs due to covid-19 find new jobs.

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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Wesley had donations and special events revenue of $2.8m in F2020, as well as $895k in donated goods. The charity received $11.8m in government funding, representing 72% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 18%. For every dollar donated, 82 cents go to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Wesley has $4.4m in funding reserves, of which $32k is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover 33% or around four months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on May 6, 2021.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.9%6.0%6.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.7%12.2%11.9%
Total overhead spending 17.5%18.2%18.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 33.3%28.0%31.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,6242,4102,428
Goods in kind 895602430
Government funding 11,80512,1019,894
Fees for service 1,0581,267532
Special events 173154208
Investment income (75)15739
Total revenues 16,47916,69013,532
Program costs 13,19614,05311,530
Donated goods exp 895602430
Administrative costs 1,133991877
Fundraising costs 299313314
Other costs 111519
Total spending 15,53315,97513,170
Cash flow from operations 946715362
Capital spending 320216324
Funding reserves 4,4283,9663,647

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 $365k in F2020, $84k in F2019, and $37k in F2018. Ci reported the value of donated goods from Wesley’s financial notes, affecting total revenues and expenses by $895k in F2020, $602k in F2019, and $430k in F2018. Ci included donations from estates and investment income related to board restricted assets in revenues, affecting total revenues by $270k in F2020, $185k in F2019, and $60k in F2018. Ci included scholarships and newcomer fund expenses in program costs, affecting total expenses by less than $1k in F2020, $2k in F2019, and $64k in F2018. 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: 179

Avg. compensation: $45,640

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 F2020

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Charity Contact

Website: www.wesley.ca
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