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Barrie among GoFundMe's 'most generous communities' in Canada

City places 18th on 2023 list, which included seven British Columbia municipalities at the top
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Despite a challenging year, Canadians showed up and donated in support of one another.

GoFundMe’s annual Year in Giving report, released Tuesday, includes a list of the top 20 most giving communities in Canada for 2023 — showcasing the generosity and compassion of individuals from coast to coast.

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest free social fundraising platform. This year, GoFundMe has recorded two million donations in Canada for people, causes, and organizations. This compares to almost 1.86 million donations over the same period in 2022 — representing a 7.3 per cent increase. Given the current cost-of-living crisis, Canadians are showing up like never before in support of one another.

The top 20 most generous communities in Canada have been selected by measuring the number of donations per capita made through the GoFundMe platform in 2023. From championing urgent health-care needs, to nurturing community development projects, or supporting local businesses, the top 20 most generous communities in Canada showcased an inspiring breadth of giving.

“Canadians came together in 2023 to support one another in times of need,” said Ved Khan, senior corporate affairs manager, Canada, GoFundMe. “Whether it’s helping a neighbour rebuild their home, contributing to a medical fundraiser, or supporting an important local organization, Canadians exemplified the meaning of giving. Their unwavering commitment to supporting one another has not only defined 2023 but has set the gold standard for what it means to be a compassionate community.”

Canada’s most generous community in 2023 is Victoria, B.C., where over 23,000 donations were made in 2023. With a population of just under 92,000, that results in a per capita donation rate of 28.62 per cent — or one in four Victorians.

GoFundMe’s top 20 most generous communities in Canada are:

  1. Victoria, B.C.
  2. North Vancouver, B.C.
  3. Vancouver, B.C.
  4. Prince George, B.C.
  5. Kelowna, B.C.
  6. Nanaimo, B.C.
  7. New Westminster, B.C.
  8. Brampton, Ont.
  9. Maple Ridge, B.C.
  10. Thunder Bay, Ont.  
  11. Port Coquitlam, B.C.
  12. Kitchener, Ont.
  13. Peterborough, Ont.
  14. Guelph, Ont.
  15. St. John’s, N.L.
  16. Toronto, Ont.
  17. Milton, Ont.
  18. Whitby, Ont.
  19. Barrie, Ont.
  20. Fredericton, N.B.

GoFundMe is committed to providing a platform for individuals and communities to come together, share their stories, and make a positive impact. The company extends its gratitude to all donors, organizers, and supporters who continue to create positive change across Canada.