Infographics - Nonprofit Sector by the Numbers in Every Province & Territory

Imagine Canada
Description / Summary

From community summer camps to animal shelters and mental health supports, nonprofits are present in your community, helping you and your neighbours thrive. Even if you haven’t directly accessed our programs and services, charities and nonprofits are working on issues you care about such as climate change, long-term care, education, economic and racial inequalities, food insecurity, poverty and homelessness, to name a few.

Our sector is an economic driver; charities and nonprofits contribute $192 billion dollars in economic activity to Canada annually, and account for 8.3% of our country’s GDP. Our sector employs 2.4 million people, which is more than the mining, oil and gas sector, or agriculture, transportation and retail. Women make up the majority of the sector’s workforce.

Key highlights:

  • employs 2.4 million people (1 in 10 Canadian workers)
  • contributes 8.3% of Canada's GDP – an estimated $192 billion
  • women represent 77% of workforce
  • 13 million volunteers give close to 2 billion hours per year