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Canadian Giving Reaches Record High

(Dec. 4, 2006) Canadian taxfilers contributed a record amount to charity in 2005, according to new data by Statistics Canada.

More than 5.8 million donors gave more than $7.9 billion to charitable organizations in 2005, a 13.8 percent increase from 2004. Increases in giving were seen in all provinces and territories, with the strongest gains in Alberta (21.2 percent), Nova Scotia (18.5 percent) and Manitoba (17.7 percent).

The number of donors in 2005 increased slightly (0.9 percent) compared to 2004, with the Yukon experiencing an 8.8 percent growth in donors. Nearly all provinces saw increases in donors except for Saskatchewan (0.9 percent decrease) and Newfoundland and Labrador (0.2 percent).

One quarter of all taxfilers claimed charitable donations, roughly the same as in past years. Manitoba had the highest percentage of taxfilers claiming a contribution (28 percent), followed by Ontario (27 percent).

Median Donations

The median donation in 2005 was $240, up from the 2004 figure of $230 (that is, half of all donors gave more than $240 and half gave less).

Nunavut had by far the largest median donation of any province or territory ($400), a trend that has continued since 2000. The only province or territory to experience a decline in the median donation was the Yukon, dropping fro $240 in 2004 to $220 in 2005.

 

Number of Donors

Total Amount of Donations ($ thousands)

Median Donations ($)

Canada

5,833,930 

7,879,588 

240

Newfoundland and Labrador

83,420

69,933

320

Prince Edward Island

27,030

26,256

340

Nova Scotia

162,830

184,297

280

New Brunswick

130,620

148,430

280

Quebec

1,290,340

738,774

120

Ontario

2,389,140

3,869,951

300

Manitoba

236,620

376,491

300

Saskatchewan

185,660

235,751

300

Alberta

601,180

1,116,053

290

British Columbia

715,940

1,101,549

300

Yukon

4,680

4,595

220

Northwest Territories

4,760

5,216

210

Nunavut

1,710

2,292

400

The full summary of the report is available on the Statistics Canada website. The databank Charitable Donors is now available for Canada, provinces and territories, cities, towns, census metropolitan areas, census divisions and letter carrier routes (price depends on data requested). Contact toll-free (866) 652-8443 or email saadinfo@statcan.ca.

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