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Canadian Seniors Among the Most Generous Charitable Donors

According to a report released by Statistics Canada in February 2019, senior citizens in Canada are the most generous charitable donors across the country.

Charitable donations totaled $9.6 billion in 2017, a 7% increase from the previous year. In 2017, seniors gave 42% of the total $9.6 billion in donations for that year. Tax-filing citizens aged 65 years and over gave the highest average donations — totalling $2500 per senior.

The report from Statistics Canada includes tables and charts showing the distribution of charitable donation amounts by age and the distribution of donors by age, comparing data from three years — 2007, 2016 and 2017.

In 2007, donors aged 65 years and older made up 24% of donors; seniors in the same age bracket accounted for 29% of donors in 2016 and slightly more (30%) in 2017.