More economic growth, more charity?

In a forthcoming column, I am talking about the new Statistics Canada data on charitable giving across the country – using taxfiler data.  I won’t replicate that content here but I will point out a few interesting findings in the data.  It is important to realize this is one of those data sets that is open to a wide variety of analysis and interpretation.  For example, I didn’t even touch the data on male versus female charitable giving because so many couple families optimize charitable giving based on income levels.  If the male earns more money, he will claim the charitable giving on his taxes.

So, assuming all of this data can be sliced and diced a variety of ways, here are some interesting points:

Alberta’s economic growth and new wealth has translated into substantial increased charitable giving.  Manitoba is a bit of an outlier as its was not proportional to its increase in charitable giving (in the aggregate).  NB had the lowest increase in overall charitable giving from 1997 to 2010.

Calgary with 1.2M people gives more to charity than Montreal 3.8M people.

The percentage of people claiming any kind of charitable donation has been dropping – slowly – across Canada.

 

Total charitable donations (dollars x 1,000)
1997 2010 % Change
Canada  $4,273,085  $8,253,210 93%
Alberta  $ 518,176  $ 1,391,490 169%
British Columbia  $  639,349  $ 1,276,820 100%
Manitoba  $ 203,040  $ 378,475 86%
Ontario  $ 1,989,245  $ 3,653,515 84%
Quebec  $471,157  $   822,290 75%
Newfoundland and Labrador  $ 49,343  $ 83,060 68%
Prince Edward Island  $ 18,061  $30,340 68%
Saskatchewan  $ 171,261     285,875 67%
Nova Scotia  $ 107,727  $ 171,530 59%
New Brunswick  $  99,072  $ 145,210 47%
1997 2010 % Change
Calgary, Alberta  $ 186,036  $577,030 210%
Edmonton, Alberta $ 142,875  $ 395,750 177%
Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec part, Ontario/Quebec  $ 11,713  $  27,585 136%
Vancouver, British Columbia  $ 343,259  $  741,445 116%
Toronto, Ontario  $ 883,692  $1,843,105 109%
Winnipeg, Manitoba  $126,439  $  245,900 94%
Regina, Saskatchewan  $ 34,532  $ 66,820 94%
Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario part, Ontario/Quebec  $137,615  $ 265,215 93%
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador  $ 15,321  $ 29,520 93%
Victoria, British Columbia  $ 57,172  $ 109,520 92%
Montréal, Quebec  $291,632  $ 540,695 85%
Sherbrooke, Quebec  $ 9,727  $  17,930 84%
Oshawa, Ontario  $ 36,401  $  66,815 84%
Halifax, Nova Scotia  $46,263  $  84,600 83%
Hamilton, Ontario  $ 115,465  $ 205,075 78%
Québec, Quebec  $ 36,312  $  63,180 74%
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ontario  $ 89,919  $ 152,695 70%
Saint John, New Brunswick  $ 18,741  $  31,045 66%
London, Ontario  $ 78,486  $ 129,660 65%
St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario  $ 70,481  $  104,735 49%
Windsor, Ontario  $ 46,321  $   66,665 44%
Greater Sudbury, Ontario  $ 17,543  $   25,000 43%
Thunder Bay, Ontario  $ 16,075  $    22,030 37%
Saguenay, Quebec  $  7,214  $  9,825 36%
Trois-Rivières, Quebec  $  7,209  $  9,365 30%

 

 

Charitable donors (% of total tax filers)
1997 2010 Percentage point change
Canada 25.7% 23.4% -2.3%
Quebec 23.0% 21.9% -1.1%
Alberta 25.9% 24.3% -1.6%
British Columbia 23.7% 22.1% -1.6%
Nova Scotia 24.5% 22.6% -1.9%
New Brunswick 23.5% 21.4% -2.1%
Saskatchewan 27.9% 25.3% -2.6%
Prince Edward Island 27.9% 25.3% -2.7%
Manitoba 29.6% 26.3% -3.2%
Ontario 28.1% 24.6% -3.5%
1997 2010 Percentage point change
Trois-Rivières, Quebec 20.1% 21.0% 0.9%
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 21.1% 21.2% 0.2%
Saguenay, Quebec 23.7% 23.6% 0.0%
Newfoundland and Labrador 21.3% 21.2% -0.1%
Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec part, Ontario/Quebec 23.7% 23.4% -0.2%
Edmonton, Alberta 26.2% 25.1% -1.1%
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 28.1% 26.8% -1.3%
Sherbrooke, Quebec 24.0% 22.7% -1.3%
Montréal, Quebec 22.9% 21.6% -1.3%
Halifax, Nova Scotia 26.8% 25.1% -1.7%
Vancouver, British Columbia 24.0% 22.1% -1.9%
Québec, Quebec 28.7% 26.6% -2.1%
Calgary, Alberta 28.2% 26.1% -2.1%
Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario part, Ontario/Quebec 31.8% 29.6% -2.2%
Regina, Saskatchewan 30.6% 28.3% -2.3%
Victoria, British Columbia 29.7% 27.2% -2.6%
Toronto, Ontario 25.7% 23.0% -2.7%
Saint John, New Brunswick 26.1% 23.3% -2.8%
Winnipeg, Manitoba 31.2% 27.9% -3.2%
Greater Sudbury, Ontario 27.6% 24.3% -3.3%
Thunder Bay, Ontario 30.1% 25.8% -4.3%
London, Ontario 31.0% 26.6% -4.4%
Oshawa, Ontario 29.1% 24.5% -4.6%
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ontario 31.2% 26.5% -4.7%
Hamilton, Ontario 30.5% 25.4% -5.1%
St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario 30.4% 25.1% -5.3%
Windsor, Ontario 32.6% 24.5% -8.1%

 

 

 

Median contributions to religious organizations (per household reporting)
Per $1,000 of total household expenditures
1997 2010 % Change
Canada  $4.80  $6.00 25%
Newfoundland and Labrador  $6.10  $6.15 1%
Prince Edward Island  $8.33  $5.99 -28%
Nova Scotia  $6.97  $5.83 -16%
New Brunswick  $7.15  $8.63 21%
Quebec  $2.81  $3.00 7%
Ontario  $5.57  $8.18 47%
Manitoba  $7.55  $8.47 12%
Saskatchewan  $7.42  $8.23 11%
Alberta  $6.71  $8.85 32%
British Columbia  $6.84  $8.26 21%
Median contributions to non-religious organizations (per household reporting)
Per $1,000 of total household expenditures

1997

2010

% Change

Canada $2.40 $3.43

43%

Newfoundland and Labrador $1.52 $2.05

34%

Prince Edward Island $2.78 $2.08

-25%

Nova Scotia $1.95 $2.14

10%

New Brunswick $1.43 $1.92

34%

Quebec $1.46 $2.00

37%

Ontario $2.23 $3.27

47%

Manitoba $2.52 $3.60

43%

Saskatchewan $2.70 $3.29

22%

Alberta $2.15 $3.40

58%

British Columbia $2.28 $3.30

45%

 

Sources: Statistics Canada. Tables 203-0018 and 111-0001 to 111-0003.

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3 Responses to More economic growth, more charity?

  1. Fascinating examination. Looks like your religious vs. non-religious # are the same.

  2. anonymoose says:

    Do those numbers count donations to churches?

  3. It would be interesting to see the corporate charitable giving figures on a per province basis (and per capita, and per employee) as well.

    I note that while New Brunswick is near the top in donations to religious groups, it is dead last in donations to non-religious groups.

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