General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating

The two primary objectives of the General Social Survey (GSS) are: - to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well-being of Canadians over time; and - to provide information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest.
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  • Articles and reports: 42-28-0001202100100006
    Description:

    This chapter provides a broad overview of the political and civic engagement of youth in Canada. It specifically focuses on youth political participation, including voter turnout and non-electoral political activities. It also examines other dimensions of engagement such as participating in groups, organizations and associations, formal and informal volunteering, as well as unpaid caregiving to family members and friends.

    Data for this chapter are taken from three different General Social Survey (GSS) cycles: the 2020 GSS on Social Identity, the 2018 GSS on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, and the 2018 GSS on Caregiving and Care Receiving.

    Release date: 2022-07-19

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022036
    Description:

    This infographic looks at political participation and civic engagement among youth in Canada. It examines their voter turnout in federal, provincial and municipal elections. It also looks at non-electoral political activities such as expressing views on the Internet, signing petitions, and participating in marches and demonstrations. Lastly, it explores other aspects of civic engagement including participating in groups, organizations and associations and volunteering. Data are drawn from the 2020 General Social Survey (GSS) on Social Identity and the 2018 GSS on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

    Release date: 2022-07-19

  • Public use microdata: 45-25-0001
    Description:

    These public use microdata files (PUMF) from the General Social Survey provide data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well-being of Canadians over time.

    Release date: 2022-07-05

  • Articles and reports: 42-28-0001202100100005
    Description:

    Environmental issues are a priority for young people in Canada—and their actions often reflect this priority. For example, youth aged 15 to 30 make 5% of their total donations to environmental organizations (vs. 2% to 3% among older Canadians), and dedicate 7% of their volunteer hours to environmental organizations (vs. 3% to 6% among older Canadians). Youth tend to live in more walkable but less “green” neighbourhoods and use sustainable transportation to get to work more often than older adults (46% vs. 28%). This chapter provides an overview of how youth in Canada interact with and live in their environment. Data are taken from the 2016 Census of Population, the 2016 General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home, the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, the 2019 Households and the Environment Survey, and other published reports.

    Release date: 2022-04-07

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022025
    Description:

    This infographic highlights the environmental engagement of Canadian youth, defined as those aged 15 to 30 years old. It explores youth donations to environmental organizations, the satisfaction of youth with their local environment, the health benefits from living in walkable neighbourhoods and the use of sustainable transit. Data are drawn from a number of sources including the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2016 General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home, 2015 to 2016 Canadian Community Health Survey and the 2016 Census of Population.

    Release date: 2022-04-07

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X202100100002
    Description:

    Using data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS GVP), this article presents information on the volunteer activities of Canadians, including volunteer rates and number of volunteer hours, the types of volunteering activities and the organizations benefiting from volunteerism.

    Release date: 2021-04-23

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2021035
    Description:

    This infographic presents information about the volunteer activities of Canadians, including formal and informal volunteering. It includes volunteer rates and number of volunteer hours, as well as the type of organizations benefiting from volunteerism. It uses data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

    Release date: 2021-04-23

  • Public use microdata: 45-25-0011
    Description:

    This package was designed to help users access and manipulate the public use microdata file (PUMF) for the 2018 General Social Survey (GSS) on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GVP). It contains the PUMF data and describes the objectives, methodology and estimation procedures for this survey as well as guidelines for releasing estimates. Statistics Canada collected data on the topic of giving, volunteering and participating for the seventh time in 2018. Data were previously collected by the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP) in 1997 and 2000, and by the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP) 2004, 2007 and 2010. Then the survey became part of Statistics Canada's GSS program with its 2013 iteration. The 2018 GSS GVP collected data from persons aged 15 years and over living in private households in Canada, excluding residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and full time residents of institutions. Between 2004 and 2018, core content of the survey was revised in a number of ways, based on experience gained from earlier iterations. Some questions were revised to improve their clarity for respondents, and others were added or dropped following consultations with stakeholders from the charitable and non-profit sector, government and academic communities. In 2018, updates were also made in light of developments in international standards concerning the definition of volunteering. Moreover, there were updates made throughout the questionnaire due to the transition to online reporting.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0031-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by age group, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0032-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by gender, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26
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  • Public use microdata: 45-25-0001
    Description:

    These public use microdata files (PUMF) from the General Social Survey provide data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well-being of Canadians over time.

    Release date: 2022-07-05

  • Public use microdata: 45-25-0011
    Description:

    This package was designed to help users access and manipulate the public use microdata file (PUMF) for the 2018 General Social Survey (GSS) on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GVP). It contains the PUMF data and describes the objectives, methodology and estimation procedures for this survey as well as guidelines for releasing estimates. Statistics Canada collected data on the topic of giving, volunteering and participating for the seventh time in 2018. Data were previously collected by the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (NSGVP) in 1997 and 2000, and by the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP) 2004, 2007 and 2010. Then the survey became part of Statistics Canada's GSS program with its 2013 iteration. The 2018 GSS GVP collected data from persons aged 15 years and over living in private households in Canada, excluding residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and full time residents of institutions. Between 2004 and 2018, core content of the survey was revised in a number of ways, based on experience gained from earlier iterations. Some questions were revised to improve their clarity for respondents, and others were added or dropped following consultations with stakeholders from the charitable and non-profit sector, government and academic communities. In 2018, updates were also made in light of developments in international standards concerning the definition of volunteering. Moreover, there were updates made throughout the questionnaire due to the transition to online reporting.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0031-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by age group, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0032-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by gender, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0033-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by marital status, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0034-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by education, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0035-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by labour force status, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0036-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by family income, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0037-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by presence of children in household, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26

  • Table: 45-10-0038-01
    Geography: Canada, Province or territory
    Frequency: Occasional
    Description:

    Donor rate and distribution of average annual donations, for the population aged 15 and over, by religious attendance, Canada and provinces.

    Release date: 2021-01-26
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  • Articles and reports: 42-28-0001202100100006
    Description:

    This chapter provides a broad overview of the political and civic engagement of youth in Canada. It specifically focuses on youth political participation, including voter turnout and non-electoral political activities. It also examines other dimensions of engagement such as participating in groups, organizations and associations, formal and informal volunteering, as well as unpaid caregiving to family members and friends.

    Data for this chapter are taken from three different General Social Survey (GSS) cycles: the 2020 GSS on Social Identity, the 2018 GSS on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, and the 2018 GSS on Caregiving and Care Receiving.

    Release date: 2022-07-19

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022036
    Description:

    This infographic looks at political participation and civic engagement among youth in Canada. It examines their voter turnout in federal, provincial and municipal elections. It also looks at non-electoral political activities such as expressing views on the Internet, signing petitions, and participating in marches and demonstrations. Lastly, it explores other aspects of civic engagement including participating in groups, organizations and associations and volunteering. Data are drawn from the 2020 General Social Survey (GSS) on Social Identity and the 2018 GSS on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

    Release date: 2022-07-19

  • Articles and reports: 42-28-0001202100100005
    Description:

    Environmental issues are a priority for young people in Canada—and their actions often reflect this priority. For example, youth aged 15 to 30 make 5% of their total donations to environmental organizations (vs. 2% to 3% among older Canadians), and dedicate 7% of their volunteer hours to environmental organizations (vs. 3% to 6% among older Canadians). Youth tend to live in more walkable but less “green” neighbourhoods and use sustainable transportation to get to work more often than older adults (46% vs. 28%). This chapter provides an overview of how youth in Canada interact with and live in their environment. Data are taken from the 2016 Census of Population, the 2016 General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home, the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, the 2019 Households and the Environment Survey, and other published reports.

    Release date: 2022-04-07

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022025
    Description:

    This infographic highlights the environmental engagement of Canadian youth, defined as those aged 15 to 30 years old. It explores youth donations to environmental organizations, the satisfaction of youth with their local environment, the health benefits from living in walkable neighbourhoods and the use of sustainable transit. Data are drawn from a number of sources including the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2016 General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home, 2015 to 2016 Canadian Community Health Survey and the 2016 Census of Population.

    Release date: 2022-04-07

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X202100100002
    Description:

    Using data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS GVP), this article presents information on the volunteer activities of Canadians, including volunteer rates and number of volunteer hours, the types of volunteering activities and the organizations benefiting from volunteerism.

    Release date: 2021-04-23

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2021035
    Description:

    This infographic presents information about the volunteer activities of Canadians, including formal and informal volunteering. It includes volunteer rates and number of volunteer hours, as well as the type of organizations benefiting from volunteerism. It uses data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating.

    Release date: 2021-04-23

  • Stats in brief: 45-28-0001202000100037
    Description:

    Older generations are more likely than younger generations to be self-isolating and limiting their volunteer activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the pandemic has had a series of impacts that vary depending on the type of volunteer organization. Physical distancing and necessary health protection measures quickly affected the provision of face-to-face services, events and meetings involving gatherings of people. At the same time, recent media reports have highlighted many examples of individuals directly assisting others, including picking-up and dropping-off groceries and other supplies in the community, cooking meals, sewing non-medical masks, sharing information and providing emotional support via online social media platforms.

    Using data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS GVP), this article documents how people of various generations contribute to volunteering in Canada. Although these data predate the COVID-19 pandemic, they provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities of volunteering in the current situation.

    Release date: 2020-06-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202017821985
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2020-06-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X201705315428
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2017-02-22

  • 10. The Girl Child Archived
    Articles and reports: 89-503-X201500114680
    Description:

    The chapter entitled "Women in Canada: The Girl Child" explores the diverse circumstances and experiences of girls aged 17 and under. The chapter describes the demographic characteristics of girls in Canada and presents several topics related to their well-being including: living arrangements, socioeconomic conditions, physical health and development, mortality, emotional and social health and development, child care, school readiness, education, and personal security. Where possible, comparisons are made between girls in different age groups, between girls and boys, and within several subpopulations.

    Release date: 2017-02-22
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