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Social Participation - Participation in Social Activities

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Participation in social activities is an important element of people's well-being and their ability to socialize with others. Being socially connected with other people and with social institutions, such as clubs and organizations, fosters social interaction, helps increase people's sense of belonging, and provides balance in people's lives. Belonging to social networks can also provide a number of tangible benefits, including information, access to goods and services, and business contacts, as well as emotional support.

The participation in social activities indicator measures the involvement of Canadians in activities they undertake with a group. These may be formal organizations that involve paid membership (e.g., unions or professional associations), or they may be more informal and involve groups of people who get together to do an activity or discuss things.

Summary

  • National Picture — In 2003, 61% of Canadians reported that they were involved in at least one social activity group.
  • Gender — More men (63%) were involved in social activity groups in 2003 than women (59%).
  • Age — In 2003, Canadians aged 65 and older reported the lowest rate of involvement in social activity groups (52%).
  • Regions — In 2003, Canadians' involvement in social activity groups ranged from 53% in Quebec to 68% in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

National Picture

In 2003, 61% of Canadians maintained some level of involvement in social activity groups. Of these, 41% participated in one or two groups, while 20% were involved in three or more.


This Chart contains data for Participation in social activity groups, Canada, 2003. Information is available in table below Three or more = 19.5 One or two = 41.3 None = 39.2 (percent) Participation in social activity groups, Canada, 2003

Source: Statistics Canada. 2003 General Social Survey on Social Engagement, Cycle 17: An Overview of Findings. Ottawa, Statistics Canada, 2004 (Cat. No.89-598-XIE).


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Participation in social activity groups, Canada, 2003 (percent)
NoneOne or twoThree or more
39.241.319.5

Canadians who participated in at least one social activity group in 2003 were mostly involved with sports and recreational organizations (28%), as well as union and professional associations (25%). Cultural, educational, and hobby organizations (18%), religious-affiliated groups (17%), and school or community organizations (16%) were also quite popular among Canadians.

Some Canadians were involved to a lesser extent in fraternal or service clubs (8%), as well as political organizations (5%).


This Chart contains data for Participation in social activity groups, by types of organizations, 2003. Information is available in table below Sports or recreational = 28 Union/Professional Ass. = 25 Cultural/Education or Hobby = 18 Religious affiliated = 17 School/Community = 16 Fraternal/Service club = 8 Other types = 6 Political = 5 (percent) Participation in social activity groups, by types of organizations, 2003

Note: Categories are not mutually exclusive as respondents were able to report that they participated in more than one type of organization.

Source: Statistics Canada. 2003 General Social Survey on Social Engagement, Cycle 17: An Overview of Findings. Ottawa, Statistics Canada, 2004 (Cat. No.89-598-XIE).


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Participation in social activity groups, by types of organizations, 2003 (percent)
PoliticalOther typesFraternal/Service clubSchool/CommunityReligious affiliatedCultural/Education or HobbyUnion/Professional Ass.Sports or recreational
5681617182528

Gender

The majority of men and women participated in social activity groups in 2003, with men reporting slightly more involvement (63%) than women (59%).


This Chart contains data for Participation in social activity groups, by gender, 2003. Information is available in table below Women = 59 Men = 63 (percent) Participation in social activity groups, by gender, 2003

Source: Statistics Canada. 2003 General Social Survey on Social Engagement, Cycle 17: An Overview of Findings. Ottawa, Statistics Canada, 2004 (Cat. No.89-598-XIE).


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Participation in social activity groups, by gender, 2003 (percent)
MenWomen
6359

Age

In 2003, the rate of participation in social activity groups was 62% to 63% for Canadians in all age categories, except for those aged 65 and over, whose participation rate stood at 52%.


This Chart contains data for Participation in social activity groups, by age, 2003. Information is available in table below 65+ years = 52 45-64years = 63 25-44 years = 63 15-24 years = 62 (percent) Participation in social activity groups, by age, 2003

Source: Statistics Canada. 2003 General Social Survey on Social Engagement, Cycle 17: An Overview of Findings. Ottawa, Statistics Canada, 2004 (Cat. No.89-598-XIE).


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Participation in social activity groups, by age, 2003 (percent)
15-24 years25-44 years45-64years65+ years
62636352

Regions

In 2003, respondents in British Columbia and Saskatchewan were the most involved in social activity groups, as nearly 70% of their respective populations stated that they were involved with at least one such organization.

By comparison, respondents in Quebec were the least involved in social activity groups: just over 50% indicated that they had participated in at least one such organization.

In the remaining provinces, involvement in social activity groups in 2003 ranged from 58% in New Brunswick to 65% in Alberta.


This Chart contains data for Patrticipation in social activity groups, by region, 2003. Information is available in table below BC = 68 AB = 65 SK = 68 MB = 64 ON = 62 QC = 53 NB = 58 NS = 59 PE = 60 NL = 61 CAN = 61 (percent) Patrticipation in social activity groups, by region, 2003

Source: Statistics Canada. 2003 General Social Survey on Social Engagement, Cycle 17: An Overview of Findings. Ottawa, Statistics Canada, 2004 (Cat. No.89-598-XIE).


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Patrticipation in social activity groups, by region, 2003 (percent)
CANNLPENSNBQCONMBSKABBC
6161605958536264686568

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2014-09-02