From Chapter Six, (Dis)Connect:
According to Statistics Canada, in 2011 (the last year for which data has been tabulated) the average Canadian household earned $95,000 before taxes and $79,600 afterwards. Even if we take the lower of these two numbers, dividing $79,600 by $260 means that—on average—we give just one-third of one percent of our money to charity. Because most charities are secular charities (arts, education, healthcare and so on), only a fraction of this actually goes to God (sacred/religious).
Statistics Canada reports average household total income in 2011 as being $95,000 in an “economic family” of two or more people: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/famil05a-eng.htm.
StatsCan defines an ‘economic family’ as a group of individuals sharing a common dwelling unit who are related by blood, marriage (including common-law relationships) or adoption.
• Elderly families (Families in which the major income earner is 65 years of age and over): $64,800
• Non-elderly families: $101,100
• Two parent families with children less than 18 years of age: $114,000
• Lone parent families with children less than 18 years of age: $49,700
• Unattached individuals: $37,000
• After tax income is $79,600: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/famil21a-eng.htm