Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

1301 16 Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
President & CEO: David Ross
Board Chair: David Erickson

Charitable Reg. #:10799 5789 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About Southern Alberta Institute of Technology:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is a 3-star charity. It has a good results reporting grade and is financially transparent. Its funding reserves can cover program costs for just under 9 months. 

Founded in 1916, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) aims to be a global leader in applied education. Located in Calgary, Alberta, SAIT offers career programs, continuing education courses, and corporate training courses to more than 200 companies each year. SAIT offers programs to students in eight faculties – Business; Construction; Energy; Health and Public Safety; Hospitality and Tourism; Information and Communications Technologies; Manufacturing; and Automation and Transportation. 

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology reports a total enrolment of 30,160 students in its certificate, diploma, post-diploma certificate, applied degree, degree, apprenticeship, and non-credit programs in F2021. This is an 18% decrease from 36,706 students enrolled in F2020. SAIT offered 29 apprentice programs and 4,729 apprentices were enrolled in F2021. The University also had 1,702 international students in F2021.  

SAIT has 77,000 square feet of specialized research labs. In F2021, Applied Research and Innovation Services created 90 prototypes and worked with 244 companies. The University has a 47% ratio of industry research income to total research income.  

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology was rated one of the top 10 research colleges in Canada in F2021 by Re$earch Infosource Inc. 

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Results and Impact

In a 2021 employer satisfaction survey, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology reports that 91% of employers are satisfied with the quality of SAIT graduates, 93% of employers agree that SAIT provides graduates with appropriate skills, and 99% of employers are likely to hire SAIT graduates.  

In a survey of 2021 graduates, SAIT reports that 89% were satisfied with the quality of their program, 82% would recommend SAIT, and 85% were satisfied with the quality of their educational experience. 

Additionally, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology reports that it had an 89% retention rate for full-time credit programs in F2021.  

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s results and impact. 

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In F2021, SAIT switched its fiscal year end from June to March. This resulted in a nine-month fiscal year in F2021.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology received total donations of $28.6m in F2021. It also received $85.8m in student fees and tuition (32% of revenues) and $138.7m in government funding (52% of revenues). Administrative costs are 24% of revenues (excluding investment income). SAIT reports no fundraising costs. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

SAIT has net funding reserves of $153.9m of which $60.8m is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, SAIT can cover annual program costs for just under nine months.  

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Updated on July 14, 2022 by Emma Saganowich.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.4%19.2%17.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.5%4.7%7.3%
Total overhead spending 17.9%23.8%25.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 61.6%25.0%17.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 28,61338,63130,860
Government funding 138,693183,864198,502
Fees for service 85,826106,093109,468
Business activities (net) 11,71638,05739,181
Investment income 4,1285,1066,566
Other income 01450
Total revenues 268,976371,896384,577
Program costs 154,094228,287237,229
Administrative costs 38,23570,26467,755
Fundraising costs 1,0041,8122,250
Total spending 193,333300,363307,234
Cash flow from operations 75,64371,53377,343
Capital spending 18,32221,27934,051
Funding reserves 153,887112,32395,286

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred revenue to report revenue on a cash basis. This increased total revenues by $17.5m in F2021, $26.3m in F2020, and $17.1m in F2019.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 1,335

Avg. compensation: $88,718

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001