VANCOUVER, B.C.-Manitoba is Canada's most generous province
for the 10th year in a row, but Americans continue to be far
more generous than Canadians, according to an annual report on
generosity released today by the Fraser Institute, one of
Canada's leading economic think tanks.
This year's report,
Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2009 Generosity
, shows Manitoba has the highest percentage of tax filers among
all provinces donating to registered charities (27.3 per cent)
and highest percentage of aggregate income donated at 1.02 per
"Manitoba has consistently topped the rest of Canada in
terms of charitable giving, both in the number of tax filers
who donate and the share of aggregate income donated," said
Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute director of fiscal studies and
co-author of the report.
Saskatchewan and Ontario are the second and third most
generous provinces, respectively. In both provinces 25.7 per
cent of tax filers claimed a charitable donation but
Saskatchewan edged out Ontario in terms of the percentage of
total income donated to registered charities (0.86 per cent
versus 0.84 per cent).
Quebec ranks last among Canadian provinces in terms of
generosity with 21.9 per cent of tax filers claiming charitable
donations and donating only 0.33 per cent of aggregate
Compared to Americans, Canadians are far less generous.
"There's a commonly held notion that Canadians are more
generous than Americans, but this is clearly not true,"
At the national level, the U.S. surpasses Canada with 26.6
per cent of U.S. tax filers donating to charity compared to
24.0 per cent of Canadian tax filers.
Further, Americans gave 1.60 per cent of their aggregate
personal income to charity, more than double the 0.73 per cent
that Canadians donated to charity.
"In Canada, this generosity gap limits the power and
potential of charities to improve the quality of life across
the country," Veldhuis said.
Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2009
measures and compares monetary generosity in Canada's 10
provinces and three territories and in the 50 U.S. states and
Washington, D.C. using readily available data on the extent and
depth of charitable donations as recorded on personal income
Of the 64 North American jurisdictions measured, Utah is
ranked number one for generosity, with 33.7 per cent of tax
filers claiming charitable donations and donating 3.66 per cent
of aggregate income. Maryland is second and Washington, D.C. is
By comparison, Manitoba, Canada's highest ranked
jurisdiction, ranks 33rd overall. Saskatchewan, the second
highest ranked Canadian province, is 42nd overall. Canadian
provinces and territories occupy 10 of the bottom 20 spots.
"These rankings highlight the significant disparity in
charitable donations between the two countries," Veldhuis
"If Canadians had opened their pocketbooks to the same
degree as Americans, Canadian charities would have received an
extra $10.1 billion in revenue."
According to the report, most Canadian provinces show a
decrease in the proportion of tax filers making charitable
donations but a higher percentage of aggregate income donated
over the past decade. In Manitoba, the share of aggregate
income donated to charity increased by 31.5 per cent between
1997 and 2007, which was the greatest increase among all
Canadian jurisdictions. Conversely, the proportion of Manitoban
tax filers actually donating to charity fell 7.7 per cent over
Saskatchewan has the biggest decrease in tax filers claiming
donations, falling 10.3 per cent, followed by Prince Edward
Island, dropping 9.1 per cent, and New Brunswick, dropping 8.1
per cent. Only three jurisdictions show a rise in the
percentage of donors: Newfoundland & Labrador, increasing
4.0 per cent; B.C., increasing 1.6 per cent; and the Yukon,
increasing 0.5 per cent.