The Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency occasionally releases information on the size of the charity sector using the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return.  Here are two interesting charts which looks at 2009 and 2010 charity filings in terms of charity revenue and assets.  Revenue of the Canadian registered charities has jumped from $192 to $207 billion from 2009 to 2010.  Assets have risen from $240 billion to $266 billion.  It is interesting to the see the breakdown by revenue.  About 10,000 of the 86,000 charities account for a very large portion of both revenue and assets. 

Latest CRA statistics on size of the charity sector

For more Canadian charity statistics see:  https://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca/blog/category/canadian_charity_statistics/