865 Square Richmond
Montreal, QC H3J 1V8
Executive Director: Peter Vamos
President: Peter A. Howlett

Charitable Reg. #:12915 1072 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Portage Foundation:

Portage Foundation is a 1-star rated charity that is not financially transparent, has low demonstrated impact, and below average accountability to donors as seen in the C results reporting grade. For every dollar donated to this charity, 72 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Portage Foundation, founded in 1973, fundraises to support Portage addiction rehab centres in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario. Its mission is to provide cost-efficient drug rehab therapy to youth, young mothers, adults, and men with mental illness. Portage helps people suffering with addiction to live lives of sobriety filled with dignity, self-respect, and accomplishments. Portage Foundation organizes fundraising events and connects with donors and corporations to raise money that, it says, helps thousands of people turn their lives around.

Portage Foundation supports its Portage operations. In F2021, Portage Foundation granted $2.3 million. In Quebec, Portage Foundation funds youth rehab and employment reintegration programs in the Montreal and Quebec City regions for teenagers, mothers, adults, and people suffering from mental illness. In New Brunswick, Portage’s rehab centre helps youth from across Atlantic Canada aged 14-21. In Ontario, Portage supports a 40-bed youth rehab centre in Elora. This centre serves Ontario youth referred by parents, schools, physicians and youth-serving agencies.

In its most recent F2021 annual report, the charity reports hosting 982 interventions, 7,663 videoconference meetings and 44 informational webinars. The charity also reports that throughout the year 444 adults and 365 youth were helped in residential centres. 431 participants were helped in day centres and 598 registered for aftercare programs. Additionally, 619 people were assisted in employment integration and 78 in finding supervised housing.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Portage Foundation a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Portage Foundation reported $3.2m in donations and special event fundraising in F2021. Its fundraising and administrative costs are 28% (excluding investment income). For every dollar donated, 72 cents goes to the cause, which is within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range. Portage Foundation granted $2.3m in F2021. Funding reserves of $9.1m can cover 3.9 years of granting at the F2021 level. 

Please note that Ci did not receive F2021 and F2020 audited financial statements and has thus completed the financial analysis using summary financial statements and T3010 filings.

This report has been sent to the Portage Foundation for review. Changes, comments, and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 23, 2022 by Angelina Curwin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 27.5%35.0%33.6%
Total overhead spending 27.5%35.0%33.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 387.3%451.9%349.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,6851,5701,013
Goods in kind 118225214
Business activities (net) 1,7121,4421,360
Special events 1,4961,9842,212
Investment income 853(318)622
Other income 123832
Total revenues 5,8754,9415,453
Grants 2,3431,7081,490
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,3821,8401,621
Other costs 506274
Total spending 3,7753,6093,184
Cash flow from operations 2,1001,3322,269
Capital spending 0(67)632
Funding reserves 9,0777,7175,203

Note: Ci reports on a cash basis and has adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contributions and deferred donations. This affected revenues by ($424k) in F2021, ($413k) in F2020, and ($413k) in F2019. Ci adjusted for investment income (loss), affecting revenue by $nil in F2021, $nil in F2020, and $89k in F2019. Ci adjusted for unrealized gain (loss), affecting revenue by $nil in F2021, $556k in F2020, and $116k in F2019. Ci adjusted for gain on disposal of fixed assets, affecting revenue by $nil in F2021, ($67k) in F2020, and $nil in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 9

Avg. compensation: $78,997

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 F2021

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Charity Contact

Website: www.portage.ca/en
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001