OH, CANADA!

Welcome to Canada, the place to be.

Did you know that Canada has the second-largest charity sector in the world?

Some facts from Imagine Canada, an organization that works “to ensure that charities continue to play a pivotal role in building, enriching and defining our nation”:

  • 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

We think Canada is generous. Cares. Awesome!

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based blogger, activist, photographer, digital rights addict, and former international development administrator. He's the founder and editor of these blogs: The Canadian Progressive, a provocative and activism-oriented Canadian political blog; Zimbabwean Progressive, an independent blog dedicated to producing fearless, progressive, adversarial, unapologetic, and activism-oriented political journalism; and Charity Files, a publication dedicated to journalism in the giving public's interest.