Table 2.1
Volunteer rate and distribution of volunteer hours, by personal and economic characteristics, population aged 15 and older, Canada, 2010

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Table 2.1
Volunteer rate and distribution of volunteer hours, by personal and economic characteristics, population aged 15 and older, Canada, 2010

Table summary
This table displays the results of volunteer rate and distribution of volunteer hours. This information is grouped by personal and economic characteristics and age groups (appearing as row headers) and by volunteer rate, average annual volunteer hours, median annual volunteer hours, total annual volunteer hours, population distribution, percentage of total volunteer hours (appearing as column headers), calculated using percent, hours and millions as a unit of measure.
Personal and economic characteristics and age groups Volunteer rate Average annual volunteer hours1 Median annual volunteer hours1 Total annual volunteer hours Population distribution Percentage of total volunteer hours
percent hours millions percent
Total 47.0 156 55 2,068.0 100.0 100.0
Age
15 to 24 58.0 130 50 341.1 16.0 16.5
25 to 34 46.4 109 35 241.9 16.8 11.7
35 to 44 54.4 136 50 353.8 16.9 17.1
45 to 54 45.4 167 60 409.4 19.1 19.8
55 to 64 40.8 201 80 349.0 15.1 16.9
65 and older 36.5 223 100 372.8 16.2 18.0
Sex
Male 45.7 153 52 975.5 49.4 47.2
Female 48.2 158 60 1,092.5 50.6 52.8
Marital status2
Married or common-law 47.0 160 60 1,354.9 63.6 65.5
Single. never married 50.7 134 50 490.5 25.5 23.7
Separated or divorced 41.8 183 64 141.5 6.6 6.8
Widow or widower 32.4 204 80 79.6 4.3 3.8
Education2
Less than high school 37.2 147 46 239.6 17.2 12.8
Graduated from high school 42.5 158 52 267.8 15.6 14.3
Some postsecondary 54.0 190 50 217.2 8.3 11.6
Postsecondary diploma 45.2 140 50 558.4 34.5 29.9
University degree 58.4 160 70 583.3 24.5 31.3
Labour force status2
Employed 50.4 139 50 1,132.2 66.3 62.9
Unemployed 34.1 132 75E 23.5E 2.1 1.3E
Not in the labour force 44.4 189 60 643.5 31.6 35.8
Household income
Less than $20,000 32.6 161 50 126.2 8.5 6.1
$20,000 to $39,999 35.5 186 60 316.1 16.9 15.3
$40,000 to $59,999 42.3 164 55E 351.5 18.0 17.0
$60,000 to $79,999 50.6 161 54E 333.2 14.4 16.1
$80,000 to $99,999 51.2 142 60 234.7 11.4 11.3
$100,000 or more 56.7 143 53 706.2 30.7 34.2
Presence of children in household3
No children 41.4 175 62 1,256.8 61.2 60.8
Pre-school aged children only 44.6 87 27E 87.7 8.0 4.2
Both pre-school and school aged children 55.8 122 44E 116.9 6.1 5.7
School aged children only 59.4 146 55 606.5 24.7 29.3
Religious attendance2
Weekly attendance 64.6 202 96 544.0 16.3 29.1
Not weekly attendance 44.1 141 48 1,323.10 83.7 70.9
E use with caution
F too unreliable to be published
1. Estimates of average and median annual volunteer hours are calculated for volunteers only.
2. Respondents who did not provide this information are excluded from calculations. For this reason. the sum of annual donations by category does not add to the national total.
3. Pre-school aged is defined as ages 0 to 5, while school aged is defined as ages 6 to 17. Both pre-school and school aged
children indicates the presence in the household of at least one child from each age range (i.e., at least one child aged 0 to 5 and at least one child aged 6 to 17).
Notes: Estimates may not add to totals due to rounding.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010.
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