Community Belonging 2017

  1. Community Belonging – Introduction

    A sense of community belonging is vital to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of individuals, families, neighbourhoods and our region as a whole. Social engagement and interaction among people of all ages in Niagara brings us together to build a stronger future. National Context Sixty-seven per cent of Canadians express...
  2. Charitable Giving

    The following table shows the number of Canadian tax filers in the St. Catharines – Niagara CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) from 2007 to 2015, the number and proportion of charitable donors among tax filers, and the average age of charitable donors. Source: Statistics Canada. (2016, February 19). CANSIM Table 111-0002...
  3. Economic Contribution of Volunteers

    Volunteer Canada provides information about the value of volunteers’ time, citing a TD Economics resource, An Economist’s Case for Volunteering: volunteering creates $50 billion in annual economic value for Canadians”, which includes the following information: To illustrate the economic value of volunteering in more concrete terms, let us quantify the...
  4. Participation in Social Activities

    The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) National Report tracks Indicators from 1994 to 2014, across 8 Domains that align with the 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.  The CIW includes community belonging indicators in the Community Vitality, Time Use, and Leisure and Culture Domains.   Sixty-seven per cent of Canadians...
  5. Religious Affiliation

    Many people find a place to belong by participating in religious activity. The following table shows the religious affiliation of people aged 15 and older who lived in the St. Catharines-Niagara CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) in 2011. Some examples of “other religions” that are represented in Niagara include Baha’i, Pagan,...
  6. Sense of Community Belonging

    INCommunities is a community information centre providing information and referral services through their AIRS (Alliance of Information and Referral Systems) accredited 211 contact centre; Niagara Community Information Database; language interpreting services; and a volunteer matching program. 211 is a quick, free way to connect to the information about community services,...
  7. Trust in Others

    The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) National Report, cited in the Sense of Community Belonging Indicator in this Sector shows that in 2014, 54.7% of Canadians believe most or many people can be trusted, up from 47.7% in 2008. The CIW report notes these numbers have room to grow.  ...
  8. Volunteering

    In 2017, Volunteer Canada released a report entitled “Recognizing Volunteering in 2017”, which aims to help organizations better match their volunteer recognition strategies to the preferences of volunteers. The 2013 Volunteer Recognition Study illuminated a gap between how volunteers want to be recognized and the volunteer recognition activities in organizations....
  9. Voter Turnout

    Federal Election The following table shows the voter turnout (percentage of registered voters who cast a ballot) in each of Niagara’s electoral districts in the 2015 Federal Election. Comparative figures are also shown for overall voter turnout in Niagara and across Canada. Voter turnout figures by electoral district are available...
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