Data on Giving, Volunteering and Participating in Canada

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 particiapting. Volunteer Canada is part of the Steering Committee responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the data.

Findings from 2013

Canadians continued to be generous by volunteering close to 2 billion hours in 2013. However, the survey also indicates that 12.7 million Canadians (44%) volunteered in 2013 compared to 13.3 million (47%) in 2010. 

Youth (15 to 19 years) are more engaged with 66% volunteering an average of 110 hours per year. While the volunteer rate decreases with age, older adults (55 and over) continue to contribute the most (39%) of all hours. Notably, Canadians between the ages of 35 to 44 saw a 6% drop in their volunteer rate. 

Click below to enlarge an infographic about the Canadian volunteer landscape.


Completed every three years since 1997, this is the most comprehensive study on giving and volunteering. The data give insights into the state of volunteering in Canada, including where Canadians volunteer, the types of activities they’re involved in, the volunteer habits of newcomers and the evolution of workplace volunteering in Canada. This research highlights differences in volunteer behaviour based on region and demographics.

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