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April 2003     Vol. 4, no. 4

Volunteering on company time

Jacqueline Luffman

  • Just over half of all volunteers in Canada in 2000 had a paid job.
  • While the overall number of volunteers diminished between 1997 and 2000, the proportion with employer support rose. In 2000, some 1.7 million employed volunteers (about half of all employed volunteers) received at least one form of support.
  • Certain types of employer support for volunteering were more common than others: use of workplace facilities (57%), time off (57%), and change in work hours to accommodate volunteering (54%).
  • A high proportion of unionized volunteers reported use of facilities as the most common type of employer support (63%), whereas non-unionized volunteers reported time off work (61%).


Jacqueline Luffman is with the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division and is currently on leave. For further information on this article, contact Diane Galarneau at (613) 951-4626 or

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