Which province spends the most on Christmas gifts? - Macleans.ca

Which province spends the most on Christmas gifts?

See how your gift buying stacks up


Canadians will spend more this holiday season than in either 2011 or 2012. This year’s BMO Holiday Spending Outlook (released in November) suggests that Canadian consumers plan to pay out 30 per cent more this Christmas than they did in 2011, averaging almost $2,000 per person for 2013.

Keep reading for a breakdown of Canadian consumer Christmas habits and to find out if your spending matches the BMO projections.

When it comes to gift spending by region, Ontario jumps out as the province where people project they will spend the most. (Check out the BMO report if you’re interested in other categories of holiday spending.)


Which province spends the most on Christmas gifts?

  1. Is that per capita or total spending in millions? Given that the earlier figure is $2000/person.. I’m thinking total spending.

    In which case, not nearly as informative as per capita would be. Seeing that the province with the most people spends the most is hardly illuminating. (Although, if that’s the case, the 2nd most populous province is spending the least.. so that’s sort of interesting)

    • Those are per capita spending figures. They make no sense otherwise. Perhaps the wording of the survey stipulated “presents”, whereas the survey you saw with the $2000 figure included all holiday spending. Throwing holiday parties is phreaking expensive these days. Even attending them can be costly if you plan on doing some drinking.

  2. Yep, even though BC has more people, Alberta outspends BC. Why is simple, BC people pay more taxes and have less to spend as they are supporting to many presents for government politicians and unions.

    Its the Alberta advantage, more for the people. Ditto Ontario versus Quebec, more government and mafia, less for the people. Lots of Albertains spend their vacation in Mexico or warmer places…buy the gifts abroad.

    The whole article source.


    • Alberta is drowing in oil to the extent that winners of $50 million lotteries shrug and give it to charity. Plus toilet paper in Fort Mcmurray is $39.99 a roll, so if you buy any gifts at all you are probably spending more than 10 families outside Alta.

      • Then you should deliver toilet paper to Ft Mac and make huge profits.

        But we both know you are full of it.

  3. I live in Montréal, and many families here draw names so one doesn’t have to buy for each and every relatives. What is big in Québec, of course, is elaborate food and fine wines, so I wonder how the total cost stacks up. I bought no presents (my parents are dead, and friends have all agreed on a no-gifts policy) but have certainly spent more than usual on food and wine. My spending remains relatively modest, however.