Ottawa Mission

35 Waller Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 7G4
Executive Director: Peter Tilley
Board President: Garth Steele

Charitable Reg. #: 10815 0809 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Homeless (Shelter)
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: B-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #97

Avg. Compensation $65,071

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 2
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Ottawa Mission:

Union Mission for Men first opened in 1906 by a group of Christian business leaders. Today, it's called Ottawa Mission, providing food, shelter, clothing and skills to those experiencing homelessness and hunger in Ottawa. Ottawa Mission Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Mission. It was established in 2010 to ensure that the funding needs of the Mission continue to be met. The Foundation granted $4.9m to the Mission in F2016.

The Mission uses donations to offer programs in 8 areas: food, shelter, and clothing; addiction and trauma services; health services; client services; education support; job training; housing support; and spiritual support.

The shelter provides an average of 1,307 meals, 256 beds, and hundreds of items of clothing per day. Ottawa Mission had 1,913 unique visitors in its most recent reporting year, an average of 220 men were sheltered by Ottawa Mission every night – an occupancy rate of 86%. The shelter also provides a 5-month addiction recovery program, which had 25 graduates in the most recent year reported.

Job training is offered for either food services or custodial skills. The Food Services Training Program is a 5-month program that had 14 men and women complete in 2016. 15 people participated in the Custodial Services Training Program, 13 of which found work immediately upon program completion.

In 2016, Housing support programs helped 173 find housing. Staff help clients move, including organizing the collection of necessary household items like beds, sheets, furniture, and dishes. In 2009, Ottawa Mission helped create Holland Properties Association (HPA), a new non-profit housing agency committed to providing subsidized rental properties for its tenants. HPA owns a 36-unit apartment building in the community. 13 of its tenants have completed programs at Ottawa Mission.

Ottawa Mission is a faith-based charity that offers spiritual support through its chapel, which provides a daily service. On average, 25 people attend these services.  

Financial Review:

Ottawa Mission is a big-cap charity with $6.4m in donations in F2016. The charity also received $3.7m in funding from the Ottawa municipal government. Administrative costs were 13% of revenues and fundraising costs were 14% of donations. As such, for every $1 donated, 73 cents went to the cause. This falls within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ottawa mission has $14.1m in funding reserves, which can cover annual program costs 1.9 times.

Charity Intelligence presents Ottawa Mission’s financial analysis by consolidating the financial statements of Ottawa Mission and its related party, Ottawa Mission Foundation.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Ottawa Mission. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2017 by Juliana Badovinac.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending April
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.0%12.8%12.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.2%16.7%22.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 191.4%203.6%195.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,4305,9905,999
Government funding 3,7253,8013,716
Investment income 238705808
Other income 325356319
Total revenues 10,71910,85310,843
Program costs 7,3856,8066,249
Administrative costs 1,3631,2981,242
Fundraising costs 9161,0011,321
Cash flow from operations 1,0551,7482,030
Funding reserves 14,13413,85912,194
Note: Ci consolidated the audited financials of Ottawa Mission and Ottawa Mission Foundation. As such, all related party transfers have been backed out. Ci used the charity and foundation’s T3010 filing with the CRA to allocate program, fundraising and administrative costs. Amortization was backed out of program, administrative, and fundraising costs and reported as a non-cash expense.

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Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, “2015 Progress Report on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa” October 13, 2016


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