Manitobans are the most generous of all Canadians but are still not as generous as Americans.
According to a analysis of donations to registered charities claimed on income tax returns by the Fraser Institute, Manitoba has led all Canadian provinces in donations for the 14th straight year. The data is from the 2010 tax year, which is the last available data available for use.
Manitoba’s generosity may have surpassed the rest of Canada, but still does not put us in a class with those in the U.S., as we rank 39th among all provinces and American states.
"While there are differences in charitable giving between Canadian provinces, Americans on the whole continue to donate to registered charities at a higher rate than we do here in Canada," said Charles Lammam, Fraser Institute associate director. "This generosity gap certainly limits the ability of Canadian charities to serve their communities and provide critical services to those in need."
Among the provinces, Manitoba had both the highest percentage of tax filers donating to registered charities at 26 per cent and the highest percentage of total income donated at .92 per cent.
Prince Edward Island was the second-most generous province, followed by Saskatchewan in third. Both provinces reported 25.2 per cent of tax filers donating to charity, but PEI residents gave a higher percentage of provincial income than residents of Saskatchewan.
Quebec placed last among the provinces for the 14th year in a row with 21 per cent of tax filers donating .31 per cent of provincial income.
Canadians continue to be less generous than Americans. In the U.S., 26 per cent of tax filers donated 1.38 per cent of total income to registered charities compared to 23.3 per cent of Canadians who gave 0.66 per cent of total income.
"When it comes to donations to registered charities, Canadians may be surprised to find that they are much less generous than Americans," Lammam said.