Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan people tops at volunteering

Once again, Saskatchewan people have been recognized nationally for their generosity as volunteers.

Once again, Saskatchewan people have been recognized nationally for their generosity as volunteers.

According to Statistics Canada's Canadian Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 54 per cent of people in the province volunteer — the highest rate in the country.

Across Canada, the average is 45 per cent. The province with the least volunteers per capita is Quebec, where 34 per cent volunteer their time.

Sherri Hillestad-Smith, the executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Saskatchewan, said she's not surprised at Saskatchewan's strong showing in the Statistics Canada report.

"Whether or not you're living in a rural centre or an urban setting, the same applies — that there is that excitement and sense of community and wanting to be part of things," she said.

In 2004, Saskatchewan logged more than 80 million hours of volunteer work.

The province also received the highest mark when the survey was last released, six years ago.

Here is the percentage of population that volunteers by province:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 42%.
  • Prince Edward Island: 47%.
  • Nova Scotia: 48%.
  • New Brunswick: 44%.
  • Quebec: 34%. 
  • Ontario: 50%.
  • Manitoba: 50%.
  • Saskatchewan: 54%. 
  • Alberta: 48%.
  • British Columbia: 45%. 
  • Canada: 45%.

Statistics Canada surveyed 22,000 Canadians aged 15 and older about their charitable giving and volunteer activities.

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