The number of Canadians reporting charitable donations on their 1999 income tax returns fell slightly, while total dollars donated surged.
Roughly 5,394,000 people reported making donations, down from 5,396,000 in 1998.
The amount donated totaled $4.8 billion, up 2.7 percent from 1998, after adjusting for inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index.
Donations have grown every year since 1991.
Tax-filers in Ontario gave nearly $2.4 billion, or nearly half the 1999 total. Ontario was home to 37 percent of all tax-filers.
The median donation was $180, up from $173 in 1998, with half of all taxpayers giving more, and half less.
Prince Edward Island and Nunaavut were home to the highest median donations, $290, followed by Newfoundland, $280.
People 65 years of age and older gave the most, averaging $1,200 in donations.
Tax-filers between 55 and 64 followed, averaging $1,000.
Just over one of every four tax-filers reported charitable donations, with nearly three of every 10 in Manitoba reporting donations – the highest proportion among the provinces and territories.