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New Policy Working Group on Data about the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Imagine Canada’s policy team is pleased to announce a working group to study the state of data about the charitable and nonprofit sector.

Charities and nonprofits make enormous economic and social contributions to Canada. They employ more than two million people in every community across the country and harness the energy, talent, and commitment of some 13 million volunteers every year. The sector represents $106 billion or 8.1% of the GDP, which is larger than the automotive or manufacturing industries, and is growing faster than the overall economy.

Or at least we think so. That data is more than a decade old.

While we know that the charitable and nonprofit sector is a vital part of our economy, one that contributes to inclusive growth and innovation, we don’t have the current data to accurately describe the extent of the sector’s contribution. Such data would include how many organizations exist, how many people are employed, and how the sector is financed.

Statistics Canada has historically collected data about the charitable and nonprofit sector. However, due to shifting government priorities and losses in funding, much of this data is no longer collected.

Introducing the Sector-Wide Data Working Group

The working group is examining the state of data about the charitable and nonprofit sector. Our goal is to improve the availability and accessibility of this data so that charities and nonprofits are better equipped to serve the needs of Canadians. In his recent blog post, working group member, Jason Goertzen, provides further details about the state of sector-wide data, the working group, and its activities.

Working group participants include:

Stay tuned for updates on the group’s work. Sign up for our the Early Alert! And let us know if you have any questions.

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