General Social Survey - Social Identity

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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  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022043
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    This infographic provides information on the effects of the low-cost childcare launched in Quebec in 1997 on paid employment.

    Release date: 2022-07-27

  • Articles and reports: 42-28-0001202100100006
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    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
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    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

  • Stats in brief: 45-28-0001202200100005
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    Using data from the General Social Survey, a new study entitled "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Religiosity of Canadians" examines changes in rates of religious affiliation, frequency of participation in group and individual religious activities, and involvement with religious organizations between 2015 and 2020.

    Release date: 2022-07-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202219935103
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2022-07-18

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202213733524
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2022-05-17

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2022021
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    This infographic highlights the prevalence of general discrimination for the total population, reasons for unfair treatment among those who experienced discrimination and the relative risk of being discriminated on the basis of skin colour or ethnicity among various population groups. Most data is provided for the five years before the pandemic as well as the period roughly representing the first year of the pandemic.

    Release date: 2022-03-17

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202127131643
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2021-09-28

  • Articles and reports: 11-637-X202000100016
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    As the sixteenth goal outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Canada and other UN member states have committed to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels by 2030. This 2020 infographic provides an overview of indicators underlying the sixteenth Sustainable Development Goal in support of peace, justice and strong institutions, and the statistics and data sources used to monitor and report on this goal in Canada.

    Release date: 2020-10-20

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202009723525
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2020-04-06
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  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 89-631-X
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    This report highlights the latest developments and rationale behind recent cycles of the General Social Survey (GSS). Starting with an overview of the GSS mandate and historic cycle topics, we then focus on two recent cycles related to families in Canada: Family Transitions (2006) and Family, Social Support and Retirement (2007). Finally, we give a summary of what is to come in the 2008 GSS on Social Networks, and describe a special project to mark 'Twenty Years of GSS'.

    The survey collects data over a twelve month period from the population living in private households in the 10 provinces. For all cycles except Cycles 16 and 21, the population aged 15 and older has been sampled. Cycles 16 and 21 sampled persons aged 45 and older.

    Cycle 20 (GSS 2006) is the fourth cycle of the GSS to collect data on families (the first three cycles on the family were in 1990, 1995 and 2001). Cycle 20 covers much the same content as previous cycles on families with some sections revised and expanded. The data enable analysts to measure conjugal and fertility history (chronology of marriages, common-law unions, and children), family origins, children's home leaving, fertility intentions, child custody as well as work history and other socioeconomic characteristics. Questions on financial support agreements or arrangements (for children and the ex-spouse or ex-partner) for separated and divorced families have been modified. Also, sections on social networks, well-being and housing characteristics have been added.

    Release date: 2008-05-27
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