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Sense of belonging to Canada, province and local community, 2013

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Released: 2015-06-29

According to the 2013 General Social Survey on Social Identity, close to two-thirds (63%) of Canadians have a very strong sense of belonging to Canada. By comparison, fewer people expressed a very strong sense of belonging to their province (45%) or to their local community (32%).

Seniors and women most often reported a strong sense of belonging to Canada, their province and their local community. For example, 77% of seniors aged 75 and older had a very strong sense of belonging to Canada, compared with 56% of young people aged 15 to 24.

In addition, 64% of women reported having a very strong sense of belonging to Canada, compared with 62% of men.

In 2013, immigrants (67%) were more likely than non-immigrants (62%) to describe their sense of belonging to Canada as very strong.


The fact sheet entitled "Sense of belonging to Canada, province of residence and local community," included in the publication Spotlight on Canadians: Results from the General Social Survey (Catalogue number89-652-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

The product General Social Survey: Social Identity, Public Use Microdata File (Catalogue number89M0032X) is now available on CD-ROM upon request, along with extensive documentation including a user guide and data dictionary.

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