Young Life of Canada

120, 9440-202 St.
Langley, BC V1M 4A6
President: Mike O'Leary
Board Chair: Gordon Wiebe

Charitable Reg. #:11930 6918 RR0001


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Most recent Audited financial statements available on the charity’s website.



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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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Young Life of Canada:

Founded in 1954, Young Life of Canada’s mission is “to care for Canadian teenagers and earn the right to share God’s great love” by creating “meaningful, mentoring relationships between leaders and teens and creating spaces where teens are listened to, and where questions of life and faith can be discussed.” 

Young Life of Canada has six major programs: Contact Work, Club, Campaigners, Camp, Skatelife, and Capernaum. Contact Work has leaders who spend time with teens at schools, sporting events, malls, coffee shops, and skate parks. Club consists of regular meetings hosted by volunteer leaders and staff to talk about their lives and the Christian faith. Campaigners includes small-group meetings where student leaders can grow in faith and discuss leadership of the local Young Life club. Camp provides an opportunity for teens on the west coast to attend the RockRidge Canyon resort camp near Princeton, BC, and for teens in Ontario to attend the Saranac Village camp in New York to build friendship and a sense of significance. Skatelife has staff who immerse themselves in the “skate scene” and build relationships with the teens there. Finally, Capernaum is a program to help young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop friendships and build self-esteem through meetings, camps, and other activities. 

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Charity Intelligence has consolidated the financial statements of Young Life of Canada and Young Life of Canada Foundation.  

Young Life of Canada is a large charity, receiving $8.3m in donations in F2018. From cost allocations reported on Young Life of Canada’s CRA T3010 filing, its administrative costs are 9% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 3% of donations. For every dollar donated, 88 cents go towards Young Life of Canada’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has $154k in gross funding reserves and $1.4m in interest-bearing debt, resulting in a negative program cost coverage ratio. 

This charity profile is an update that was sent to Young Life of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated June 13, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.7%5.4%6.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.3%2.4%3.2%
Total overhead spending 11.9%7.8%9.8%
Program cost coverage (%) (14.0%)(19.6%)(22.3%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,34312,79711,349
Government funding 5418482
Fees for service 1,3871,4021,388
Business activities (net) 1,4771,333983
Investment income 82919
Other income 513334324
Total revenues 11,78216,07814,145
Program costs 8,8378,8118,495
Grants 002
Administrative costs 1,019863929
Fundraising costs 274303365
Total spending 10,1309,9779,791
Cash flow from operations 1,6526,1024,354
Capital spending 9845,9314,311
Funding reserves (1,234)(1,724)(1,897)

Note: Ci reported merchandise sales net of expenses, affecting revenues and expenses by ($102k) in F2018, ($83k) in F2017, and ($83k) in F2016. Ci has included unrealized investment gain (loss) in revenues, affecting revenues by $1k in F2018, $24k in F2017, and $20k in F2016. Ci has reported the net foreign-exchange gain (loss) and gain (loss) on sale of investments in revenue, affecting revenues and expenses by ($0.6k) in F2016. Ci has backed out amortization from program, administration, and fundraising on a pro-rata basis. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 86

Avg. Compensation: $62,756

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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