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GSS (General Social Survey - Giving Volunteering and Participating)

Description

The two primary objectives of the General Social Survey (GSS) are: to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and well-being of Canadians over time; and to provide information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest. A specific topic is usually repeated every five years. 

The purpose of this survey is to collect data regarding unpaid volunteer activities, charitable giving and participation. The results will help build a better understanding of these activities which can in turn be used to help develop programs and services.

Publications using this survey

Owusu, R. (2016).  Essays on gifts of blood, money and time. Department of Economics. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa. Abstract
Zhao, W. (2015).  Philanthropic behaviour of Quebecers. Department of Economics. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa. Abstract