Non-profit organizations in Canada, 2023

Release date: April 29, 2024

Correction notice

Corrections have been made to the section on the board of director positions filled by designated groups in non-profit organizations for the 2023 reference year due to an imputation error.

The following changes were made: women (from 47.3% to 47.9%), members of a racialized group (from 9.8% to 9.4%), persons with a disability (from 2.9% to 3.2%), and First Nations, Métis or Inuit (from 2.6% to 2.8%).

Infographic: Non-profit organizations in Canada, 2023
Description: Non-profit organizations in Canada, 2023

Non-profit organizations (NPOs) contribute to the well-being and development of communities across Canada. This latest overview of NPO activities is based on data from the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, first quarter of 2024.


In 2023, over 90% of non-profit organizations (NPOs) had a board of directors and close to half of board members were womenNote 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of In 2023, over 90% of non-profit organizations (NPOs) had a board of directors and close to half of board members were women Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Percentage
NPOs that have boards of directors 92.6%
Representation of designated groups among board members
Women 47.9%
Members of a racialized group 9.4%
Persons with a disability 3.2%
First Nations, Métis or Inuit 2.8%
Non-binary persons 0.8%

More than 75% of NPOs had senior managers, more than half of whom were womenNote 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of More than 75% of NPOs had senior managers Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Percentage
NPOs that have senior managers 78.4%
Representation of designated groups among senior managers
Women 56.3%
Members of a racialized group 10.0%
Persons with a disability 2.7%
First Nations, Métis or Inuit 2.0%
Non-binary persons 0.5%

In 2023, 42.1% of all NPOs primarily served the general public through programs and activitiesNote 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of In 2023, 42.1% of all NPOs primarily served the general public through programs and activities. The information is grouped by Types of groups served (appearing as row headers), Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Types of groups served Percentage
General public or all people in a particular area 42.1%
Children or youth 14.2%
People of a particular religion or spiritual affiliation 9.1%
Seniors 5.1%
People in particular occupations or union members 4.7%

In 2023, overall demand for NPO’s services or products exceeded their capacity to meet the demand
Table summary
This table displays the results of In 2023, overall demand for NPO’s services or products exceeded their capacity to meet the demand Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Percentage
Overall level of demand for services or products
Increased 46.1%
Remained about the same 44.4%
Decreased 9.5%
Overall level of capacity to meet demand for services or products
Increased 24.3%
Remained about the same 62.4%
Decreased 13.2%

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, first quarter of 2024.

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