Giving & Volunteering
Our research team tracks and analyzes the various ways Canadians engage with charities and nonprofit organizations. This includes measuring the levels of charitable giving as well as how and why Canadians volunteer in their communities. We do this in order to stimulate support and engagement in the nonprofit sector.
2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating Data Released
Little change in individual Canadians’ average donation or volunteer activity
March 21, 2012 -- Statistics Canada released its Caring Canadians, Involved Canadians: Tables Report from the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP). The CSGVP is a survey program designed to better understand how Canadians support one another through philanthropy, volunteering and direct support. Imagine Canada has been involved with the survey since its inception, providing expertise to Statistics Canada that helps ensure the relevance and comprehensiveness of the data.
Imagine Canada has prepared a Research Note that includes a preliminary assessment of the 2010 CSGVP Tables Report data, additional analysis on overall trends from the 2004 and 2007 surveys, and provincial and territorial breakdowns.
The Tables Report is the first of five releases from the 2010 CSGVP. Starting in the spring, Canadian Social Trends will present a series of in-depth analytical articles that will explore the topics of giving, volunteering, employer support to charitable behaviours and the behaviour of new Canadians.
Main Topics Covered by our Research
Did you know that there are 161,000 nonprofilts and charities in Canada?
Did you know that Canada’s nonprofit and voluntary sector is the 2nd largest in the world?
The sector represents $79.1 billion or 7.8% of the gross domestic product
The sector is larger than automotive and manufacturing. It generates $112 billion in revenues and employs 2 million people
Canadians donated $10 billion in 2007
Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have the highest donor rates.
Canadians volunteered 2.1 billion hours in 2007
Young Canadians aged 15 to 24 are more likely to volunteer than Canadians in any other age group
One percent of nonprofits command 60% of all revenues flowing to the sector
Canadians with the lowest household incomes give a greater percentage of their income than others
Saskatchewan has the highest volunteer rate in the country, followed by the Northwest Territories and the Yukon
Those exposed to giving and volunteering activities early in life are more likely to continue those behaviours as adults