Amount Cana­di­ans give to char­ity down more than 30 per cent since 2006

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - FRASER IN­STI­TUTE

The amount of money Cana­di­ans do­nate to reg­is­tered char­i­ties—as a share of their in­come—has plum­meted 32.2 per cent since 2006, finds a new study by the Fraser In­sti­tute, an in­de­pen­dent, non-par­ti­san Cana­dian pub­lic pol­icy think-tank.

And Cana­di­ans re­main far less gen­er­ous than Amer­i­cans.

“Cana­di­ans con­tinue to do­nate less and less ev­ery year, which means char­i­ties face greater chal­lenges to help those in need this hol­i­day sea­son and through­out the year,” said Ja­son Cle­mens, Fraser In­sti­tute ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent.

The study, Gen­eros­ity in Canada and the United States: The 2018 Gen­eros­ity In­dex, finds that only about one-in­five Cana­dian tax-fil­ers (20.4 per cent) claimed char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions on their tax re­turn in 2016, the lat­est year of avail­able data. That’s a de­cline of 16.9 per cent since 2006.

South of the bor­der, how­ever, al­most one-in-four (24.8 per cent) of Amer­i­cans claimed do­na­tions on their tax re­turns in 2016.

Like­wise, the to­tal av­er­age amount of in­come do­nated by Cana­di­ans dropped from 0.78 per cent in 2006 to 0.53 per cent in 2016. Amer­i­cans, by com­par­i­son, gave 1.46 per cent of their in­come in 2016— nearly three times the per­cent­age Cana­di­ans claimed.

No­tably, of the 15 least-gen­er­ous ju­ris­dic­tions in North Amer­ica, 12 are Cana­dian.

Man­i­toba, which ranks 42nd over­all on this year’s in­dex of all 64 Cana­dian prov­inces, ter­ri­to­ries and U.S. states, is again the most gen­er­ous Cana­dian ju­ris­dic­tion. Utah re­mains the most gen­er­ous ju­ris­dic­tion over­all.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land, Saskatchewan, Al­berta and On­tario are tied for 50th fol­lowed by Bri­tish Co­lum­bia (54), Nova Sco­tia (55), New Brunswick (57), New­found­land and Labrador and Que­bec (tied at 59), Yukon (61), North­west Ter­ri­to­ries (63) and Nu­navut, which ranks last at 64th.

“Amer­i­cans con­tinue to be far more gen­er­ous than Cana­di­ans with char­i­ta­ble giv­ing, and that has been true for many years,” Cle­mens said.

De­cline in char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions—as a share of in­come— by prov­ince since 2006 On­tario - 37.9% New­found­land and Labrador - 37.2%

Saskatchewan - 34.9% Man­i­toba - 34.0%

Nova Sco­tia - 33.9%

Al­berta - 31.5%

New Brunswick - 30.4% Que­bec - 21.2%

Prince Ed­ward Is­land 20.7%

Bri­tish Co­lum­bia - 19.6%

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