Canadian Social Trends, summer 2012

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Previous release

The summer 2012 print edition of Canadian Social Trends, released today, includes five articles previously released in the online edition:

The article "Profile of senior's transportation habits" examines seniors' access to transportation. Are seniors driving despite weak visual, auditory, motor and cognitive faculties? Do they have other transportation alternatives? Do their transportation habits affect their social participation?

"Charitable giving by Canadians" examines charitable donors and donations between 2007 and 2010. It profiles the types of organizations receiving larger amounts of donations, motivations for donating and reasons for not giving more.

"Volunteering in Canada" examines volunteer rates and hours, and types of organizations supported. It describes volunteers, types of volunteer activities, motivations for volunteering and barriers to volunteering. Informal volunteering is also covered.

"Giving and volunteering among Canada's immigrants" examines what motivates immigrants to give and volunteer, and the types of organizations they support. It compares immigrants with other Canadians and considers how the philanthropic behaviour of immigrants changes as they establish themselves in Canada.

"Employer support of volunteering" examines volunteers who receive different types of support for their volunteering from their employers. It looks at the number of hours volunteered, the type of activities and work-related skills acquired, as well volunteers' perceptions of how their volunteering improves their job success.

Note to readers

This is the final print edition of Canadian Social Trends. The last online edition of the publication will be released in July 2012. In future, analytical articles on social, economic and demographic changes will appear on Statistics Canada's website in a new publication on social statistics, which will be available free of charge in fall 2012.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number4430.

The Summer 2012 print edition of Canadian Social Trends, no. 93 (Catalogue number11-008-X, PDF, free; print, $24/$39), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; or the Media Hotline (613-951-4636;