Among residents who donated, the average annual contribution equalled only 0.45 per cent of their household income.
The rapid decline in giving means charities are increasingly strapped for resources.
The four Atlantic provinces have the largest share of residents over the age of 65 in Canada.
Sweden compensates for its big government with an open free-market economy and business-friendly laws.
In 2019, government spending equaled a remarkable 55 per cent of Atlantic Canada's economy.