Canadians gave over $5 billion to charity in 2000

Statitsics Canada says Canadians gave more than $5 billion to charity in 2001.

Canadians continued to give to charities last year. Collectively they donated $5.5 billion.

Statistics Canada says donations were up from $5.4 billion in 2000.

The agency says the median contribution on tax returns was $200.

About one in four Canadians who filed taxes declared charitable donations.

Nunavut taxpayers had the highest median at $360, followed by Prince Edward Island at $320 and Newfoundland and Labrador at $300.