Data on Giving, Volunteering and Participating in Canada

The volunteering landscape in Canada is constantly evolving. To better understand the habits and motivations of volunteers, Statistics Canada researches giving, volunteering and participating.

Findings from 2018

Volunteering Counts: Formal and informal contributions of Canadians in 2018:
On June 14, 2021, Volunteer Canada was joined by Statistics Canada to hear highlights from their recent article based on data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS-GVP).

Data Highlights: The Volunteering Lens of COVID-19: On June 26, 2020, Volunteer Canada and Statistics Canada explored insights on the latest data from the General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating on community engagement during the pandemic. Highlights from the recent Ipsos survey of volunteering during the pandemic were also shared. 

Findings from 2013


Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS-GVP) is the most comprehensive study on giving and volunteering in Canada.

Now conducted every five years, the data give insights into the state of volunteering, including formal and informal volunteering, where Canadians volunteer, the types of activities they’re involved in, their motivations to volunteer, and how workplaces support employee volunteering in Canada. This research also highlights differences in volunteer behaviour based on region and demographics.

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