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2003 General Social Survey on Social Engagement, cycle 17: an overview of findings

The 2003 General Social Survey on Social Engagement was designed to collect information on a wide range of activities in which Canadians are engaged, such as their social contacts with family, friends and neighbours; their involvement in formal organizations, political activities and volunteer work; their values and attitudes; the level of trust they have in people and in public institutions; the care they provide or receive on an informal basis; and so on. Overall, the survey provides comprehensive information on the many ways that Canadians participate and engage in civic and social activities.

This report provides an overview of survey highlights. Descriptive statistics are provided on various measures of social engagement, with variations highlighted across selected characteristics, such as age, province of residence and educational attainment. The report is intended to be illustrative, providing a broad snapshot of the outlooks and activities of Canadians in 2003.

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