Belonging and LeadershipCharitable Donors as a Proportion of Tax Filers
Significance• Charitable giving is an essential part of civil society because it allows Canadians to support institutions and causes that they believe in, which ultimately enhance the well-being of Canada as a whole.
Core Indicator• The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) personal income tax data indicates how many people reported a charitable donation amount on Line 340 of the personal tax income form.• In 2010, 23.4 % of Canadian tax filers reported making charitable donations on their personal income tax form, a rate 2.3 percentage points lower than that in 1997 (see following chart).
Charitable Donors as a Proportion of Tax Filers in Canada, 1997-201027.026.025.024.023.022.0 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 111-0001 (Tax Data).
Canada’s Major CMAs• In 2010, Ottawa had the highest donor rate among Canada’s major CMAs at 29.6%, a rate notably higher than the national average (23.4%) (see following chart).• Ottawa was followed by Winnipeg (27.9%) and Victoria (27.2%).• Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal – Canada’s three largest cities – were among the four major CMAs below the national average.• St. John’s had the lowest donor rate of 21.2%.
Charitable Donors as a Proportion of Tax Filers in Major CMAs, 201035.030.025.020.015.010.0 5.0 0.0 Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 111-0001 (Tax Data)
CMA Trends (1997 to 2010)• The proportion of tax filers making charitable donations decreased in all major CMAs, excluding St. John’s where it increased only marginally (0.2%) (see following chart).• The charitable donor rate decreased the most in Hamilton (down 5.1%), Kitchener (down 4.7%) and London (down 4.4%). In these three CMAs, the decrease is near or more than double the national average decrease.
Charitable Donors as a Proportion of Tax Filers in Major CMAs, 1997-20101.00.0-1.0-2.0-3.0-4.0-5.0-6.0 Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 111-0001 (Tax Data).