Canadians have a reputation for being nice, but the annual Fraser Institute Generosity Index shows fewer Canadians are giving to charity compared to Americans.
The index measured monetary donations as recorded on 2011 tax returns in the U.S. and Canada, and for the third time reports a "generosity gap" between the two countries.
In Canada, Manitoba was the most generous province, with 25.9% of its citizens donating to charity. Manitobans also gave the most based on income. Albertans donated the highest total dollar amount to charity.
The index noted a continued downtrend in giving to charity, with Prince Edward Island showing the biggest decline since 2001.
Not only did a smaller percentage of Canadians give to charity in 2011 compared to their American counterparts — 22.9% vs. 26% — those who donated also gave less than donors in the U.S.