Issue 17-43: Charitable Donations

March 3, 2017

Approximately 699,780 British Columbian taxpayers made a charitable donation during the 2015 tax year, a 0.7% increase over the previous year. This accounts for roughly 20% of B.C.’s total number of taxfilers, only slightly below the national average (21%). Manitoban taxfilers had the highest rate of charitable donation (25%), followed by those in P.E.I. (23%).

Charitable donations claimed by British Columbians totalled $1.4 billion in 2015, a 7.1% increase over 2014. Among those making donations, the median gift was $430, well above the median donation at the Canadian level ($300). Nunavut ($570) and Alberta ($450) posted the highest median donation levels among the nation’s regions.

Data Source: Statistics Canada