Canada: The State of Engagement

In a study released last week, Statistic Canada found that a growing number of Canadians are becoming more and more involved in their communities. While the study shows a positive increase in civic engagement, voting rates are declining. In addition, the study found:

Individuals with a higher level of education and income are more likely to participate in civic engagement.

Here are 5 of 10 findings from the study:

  1. The Percentage of Canadians who are part of a group, organization, or association is on the rise
  2. The increase in the rate of participation was twice as high for women as for men
  3. Seniors are becoming more and more engaged, and it may have something to do with improvements in health
  4. British Columbians tend to be the most engaged, and Quebecers are the least involved
  5. Even though civic engagement is up, voting rates are down

You can read more, including the full list of findings here and access the full report here.

Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy MPP Candidate ’17

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