Volunteerism measures the percentage of Winnipeggers who volunteered their time within the last year.
Why This Matters
Volunteerism makes a significant difference in Winnipeg, providing time and expertise to allow the operation of services and programs that could not otherwise be delivered. Contributions include fundraising, organizing events, sitting on a board, teaching or mentoring, and a wide range of activities that contribute to our society.
Volunteerism is strongly related to the social vitality of our community, and supporting the basic needs of our vulnerable populations: most volunteer hours contribute to organizations related to sports and recreation, social services, education and research, religion, development and housing, and health.
Measurement and Limitations
According to Statistics Canada, volunteers are “Persons aged 15 and over who did any activities without pay on behalf of a group or organization, at least once in the 12 months preceding the survey. This includes any unpaid help provided to schools, religious organizations, sports or community associations.” (Statistics Canada, 2012).
The volunteerism in Canada data were obtained from the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP).
Statistics Canada. n.d. General Social Survey
Statistics Canada. (2012). Study: Volunteering in Canada, 2010. Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120416/dq120416b-eng.pdf
Vezina, M., & Crompton, S. (2012). Volunteering in Canada. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11638-eng.pdf
Volunteerism Sustainable Development Goals
16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.