from The Toronto Sun:
Canada is far behind the United States when it comes to giving to charity and fewer of us are giving each year. In 2007, Americans donated 1.6% of their aggregate income to charity while Canadians donated less than half, at 0.73%. In dollar figures, Canadians donated $8.5 billion to charitable causes, but if we had given at the same rate as our southern neighbours, the total would have been $10 billion.
… The Generosity Index also points out more bad news for Canadian groups that rely on our generous hearts: The percentage of people donating to charity is dropping. Data shows that in 10 out of 13 of the provinces and territories, there have been decreases from 1997 to 2007.