Key Facts about Canada’s Charities

Charities in Canada

  • Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector is the 2nd largest in the world; the Netherlands is the largest; the United States is the 5th
  • there are an estimated 170,000 nonprofits and charities in Canada
  • half of these (54%) are run entirely by volunteers
  • 2 million people are employed by these organizations representing 11.1% of the economically active population
  • the sector represents $106 billion or 8.1% of the GDP (larger than the automotive or manufacturing industries)
  • smaller provinces have a higher number of organizations relative to their populations
  • the top 1% of organizations command 60% of all revenues

Quick Links

Find more on Sector Source:

Sector Research: state of the sector and public opinions about charities
Giving in Canada: why and how Canadians give
Volunteering in Canada: why and how Canadians volunteer