Spotlight on Canadians : results from the General Social Survey volunteering and charitable giving in Canada (2013)

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  • Turcotte, Martin



  • Giving
  • Volunteering
  • Research
  • giving data
  • volunteering data
  • general social survey
  • 2013

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The General Social Survey on giving, volunteering, participating 2013



Charitable giving

• In 2013, the vast majority of Canadians (82%) made financial donations to a charitable or non-profit organization.

• While the proportion of people aged 15 and over who made a financial donation was down by two percentage points from 2010, the trend in the donation amount followed the opposite direction.

• Between 2010 and 2013, the total amount donated by Canadians to charitable or non-profit organizations.


• In 2013, 12.7 million Canadians or 44% of people aged 15 years and older did volunteer work. They devoted about 1.96 billion hours to their volunteer activities, a volume of work that is equivalent to about 1 million fulltime jobs.

• The volunteer rate in 2013 (44%) was lower than that recorded in 2004 (45%), in 2007 (46%) and 2010 (47%).

• However, the total number of hours Canadians volunteered remained stable between 2010 and 2013.ns increased by 14% to $12.8 billion.

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