Nearly a third of the Québec population involved in volunteering

Québec, April 5, 2017. – In 2013, 32% of the Québec population aged 15 or over took part in at least one activity for a non-profit group or organization. A total of 268 million hours were spent volunteering. An analysis of the evolution of volunteering in Québec revealed that between 2004 and 2013, the proportion of volunteers in Québec and the total number of hours spent volunteering remained relatively stable.

These findings were drawn from the bulletin Coup d’œil sociodémographique, numéro 52, published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec. This bulletin complements the volunteer data posted on the Institut de la statistique du Québec website. These data, updated for 2013, were drawn from the General Social Survey – Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2013 and the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating conducted in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Population aged 65 and over: fewer volunteers, more time dedicated to volunteering

Those aged 65 and over are less likely to be involved in volunteering than younger people. However, when people in this age category do volunteer, they devote more hours to this activity.

The culture and recreation, social service, education and research sectors attract greater numbers of volunteers

Culture and recreation, social service, education and research organizations are those that drew the most volunteers in 2013. More than two thirds of Québec volunteers devoted their time to an organization in one of these sectors.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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