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On average, immigrants donate more to charity than Canadian-born citizens

Posted on November 1, 2021
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Canada is ranked #1 worldwide for the quality of life in 2019 and 2020. The ranking is as per the US News and World Report.

Globalization has led to the expansion of a country’s presence beyond mere physical borders. The Best Countries rankings, currently in its fifth year, seeks to examine the worth of a nation beyond hard metrics.

While Canada secured #2 in the overall rankings, it was ranked the top country in terms of the quality of life offered.

The 2020 Best Countries ranking covers the perception of 73 nations. Each of the countries was scored on different attributes based on a collection of individual survey responses. These attributes were grouped under nine sub-rankings.

Canada Rankings – #2 overall rank, with 99.4 overall score
Category Score Rank
Quality of Life 100.0 #1
Citizenship 98.6 #2
Open for Business 81.6 #3
Entrepreneurship 87.7 #6
Cultural Influence 50.4 #11
Power 45.2 #12
Adventure 46.0 #16
Movers 28.5 #37
Heritage 22.4 #40

As per the Report, Canada is the top country based on the quality of life offered. The charities and non-profit organizations in the country play a significant role in supporting the high quality of life.



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170,000 registered charities and non-profits in Canada employ around 2 million individuals. 13 million Canadian volunteers volunteer their time as well as a part of their income for supporting worthy causes in the charitable sector.

Canada relies on newcomers as an important source of workers for ensuring that the charitable sector continues to thrive across Canada.

As per an Article — Giving and volunteering among Canada’s immigrants — by Derrick Thomas, senior analyst in Statistics Canada’s Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, “The main volunteer tasks performed by immigrants were very like those performed by Canadian born volunteers. Fundraising, organizing or supervising, sitting on a committee, and teaching or mentoring were most often mentioned.”

Increase in the number of immigrants employed in social services and charitable organizations [between 2006 and 2016]*
Canada 39%
Nunavut 267%
Newfoundland and Labrador 183%
Saskatchewan 148%
Manitoba 118%
Northwest Territories 93%
Alberta 75%
Quebec 74%
New Brunswick 50%
Nova Scotia 43%
Prince Edward Island 35%
British Columbia 23%
Ontario 17%
Yukon 7%

*As per Statistics Canada, 2016 Census.

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Among the famous Canadian immigrants known for their philanthropy is Aditya Jha, a successful Canadian entrepreneur from India.

A Member of the Order of Canada, Aditya Jha founded the POA Educational Foundation that provides funding for various projects focused on good governance, education, and entrepreneurship.

Key figures: Immigration matters in philanthropy*

More than 1 out of 4 individuals employed in social assistance sector was an immigrant
Around 1 out of 5 individuals working in social advocacy, civic, social and giving-related organizations had been born overseas
58% increase – between 2006 and 2016 – in the number of foreign-born social and community service workers
On an average, immigrants tend to donate more to charity as compared to the Canadian-born citizens
A wide majority of immigrants volunteer their time to charitable causes across Canada every year.
About 40% of immigrants 15 years and above are volunteers, putting in 162 hours in a year on a average

* Statistics Canada 2016 Census.

Immigrants have a significant role to play in the demographics of Canada.

As per official statistics with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], while 341,180 permanent residents were admitted in Canada in 2019, a total of 74,586 individuals transitioned from temporary to permanent residents during the same period.

As per estimates, around 500,000 immigrants working in Canada are trained in STEM fields.

Immigrants account for 33% of all business owners in Canada.

20% of Sports Coaches in Canada are immigrants. There is a high demand for immigrants in the Canadian healthcare sector as well. Moreover, 1 in 4 people working as a craftsperson or an artisan in Canada is an immigrant.

More than 1 out of every 4 workers in the food and beverage sector are immigrants.

With the announcement of 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada has set for itself one of the highest immigrant targets in Canadian history. For 2022, the Canada permanent residents’ inductions target stands at 411,000. A majority of these will be through economic immigration.

Altogether 111,265 Canada immigration hopefuls have received invitations to apply [ITAs] from IRCC under the Express Entry system in 2021 in the 38 IRCC draws held so far.

The latest Express Entry Draw #208 was held on October 27, 2021.

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