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Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

The volunteering landscape in Canada is constantly evolving. To better understand the habits and motivations of volunteers, Statistics Canada conducts the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating. Volunteer Canada is part of the Steering Committee responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the data.

Purpose of the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

Completed every three years since 1997, it’s the country’s most comprehensive study on giving and volunteering. The data give insights into the state of volunteering in Canada. This research highlights differences in volunteer behaviour based on region and demographics.

For earlier CSGVP data, visit the following pages:

Findings of the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating

In 2010, a force of 13.3 million Canadians over the age of 15 participated in volunteering, an increase of more than 800,000 since 2007. These Canadians contributed 2.1 billion total volunteer hours, static since 2007. However, average annual volunteer hours decreased to 156 in 2010 from 166 in 2007. According to Statistics Canada, “the number of hours volunteered varied from one hour to a few thousand hours.” For many years, the CSGVP has shown that the majority of volunteer hours are contributed by a small group of “über volunteers”. The 2010 data, however, suggests this trend is changing and the volunteer base is broadening.

The CSGVP gives readers insights into where Canadians volunteer, the types of activities they’re involved in, the volunteer habits of newcomers and the evolution of workplace volunteering in Canada.

The 2010 volunteering data also found that young Canadians consistently volunteer more than any other age group. Canadians aged 15 to 24 have a volunteer rate of 58 per cent. This is a trend seen in the CSGVP since 2004.