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Global Exchange: Canadian Nonprofit Sector Leads U.S.

As a proportion of the entire economy, Canada's nonprofit sector surpasses that of the United States, according to the latest phase of an ongoing research project by Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies, Baltimore.  
 

As a proportion of the entire economy, Canada's nonprofit sector surpasses that of the United States, according to the latest phase of an ongoing research project by Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies, Baltimore.

Data from the two-year study of the Canadian nonprofit sector shows the kind of details you'll find in the larger study, which currently involves approximately 40 countries.

  • Canada's nonprofits employ more than 11 percent of the economically active population in Canada compared to a little less than 10 percent in the United States.


  • Canada's nonprofit sector workforce is 11 times larger than the country's motor vehicle manufacturing industry, more than four times larger than its entire agricultural sector, and more than 50 percent larger than Canada's entire retail trade industry.


  • Health care organizations employ nearly 31 percent of the nonprofit workforce in Canada compared to 14 percent on average in all the countries covered by the Johns Hopkins project.


  • Government support accounts for 51 percent of the revenue of Canadian nonprofits, compared to 39 percent from fees and charges, and 9 percent from all sources of philanthropy. Comparable figures for all the countries covered by the project are 35 percent from government, 53 percent from fees and charges, and 12 percent from philanthropic sources.

The Johns Hopkins project promises to increase the visibility of the nonprofit sector at the international level. For more information, go to www.jhu.edu/~ccss/research.html.



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