The amount Canadians donate to charities has hit a 10-year low, a study from the Fraser Institute says.

The report, Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2017 generosity index, says Americans donated more than three times the share of income Canadians did in 2015 tax returns.

Not only did Canadians give a lower percentage of their aggregate income to charity than Americans (0.56% compared to 1.43%), but fewer donated at all (20.9% in Canada compared to 24.5% in the U.S.).

The average dollar amount claimed in Canada was $1,699 compared to $6,058 in the U.S. (in local currencies).

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Manitoba had the highest percentage of tax filers who donated to charity among the provinces (24.6%) during the 2015 tax year, while New Brunswick and Quebec had the lowest (19.3%). Manitoba also donated the highest percentage of its aggregate income to charity among the provinces (0.83%). Quebec donated the lowest (0.26%).

Looking at 64 North American jurisdictions in the overall Generosity Index rankings, Utah places first (scoring 8.7 out of 10.0), followed by Maryland (7.7) and District of Columbia (7.1). Manitoba is the highest-scoring Canadian province (3.8), in 37th place.

The report provides no analysis for the varying rates of giving.

Read the full report here.

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Steen Petersen

Claiming Canadians aren’t as generous in their donations as Americans isn’t fair. Both compulsory and optional donations should be considered. The average Canadian pays 43% in taxes while the average American pays 31%. If you add compulsory donations (taxes) and voluntary donations together for Canadians and Americans, we come out on top. Since they get to keep 69% of their income verses our 57% naturally their voluntary donations are higher. You can’t donate what you don’t have.

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