The purpose of this crowdsourcing questionnaire is to better understand who serves on the boards of charities and non-profits. In addition to collecting information about the diversity of board members, we explore topics such as what organizations do, who they serve, and where they are located.
This information will help non-profits and charities better understand how their board compares to those of similar organizations. Data may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.
Anybody involved in the governance of a charity or non-profit organization can complete the questionnaire. Although voluntary, your participation is important so that the information collected is as accurate and complete as possible.
Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.
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We are continuing to work towards improving accessibility for all Canadians. For survey participation, our Collection Portal follows Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and individuals who are blind or visually impaired can access our content using standard screen reading software. Deaf or hard-of-hearing people who use an operator-assisted relay service can call us during regular business hours. They do not need to authorize the operator to contact us. They can also obtain additional support through our TTY line: 1-866-753-7083.
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Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.
By law, Statistics Canada is prohibited from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent, or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes only.
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To enhance the data from this data collection and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.
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The questionnaire asks questions about
- information about the type of organization
- number of members of the board of directors
- diversity characteristics about the board of directors.
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Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.
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Questions related to this data collection
- Who can participate in the current crowdsourcing initiative: Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards?
- I work with more than one charity or non-profit organization; which one should I answer for?
- What is the definition of "diversity"?
- Why do you ask about "ethnic origin"?
- Why are you asking about "sex" and "gender"?
- What do you mean by "a physical or mental disability"
- Is this data collection accessible?
- Can I answer the questions by phone?
- How long does it take to complete the questionnaire?
- When will the data be available?
- How will you safeguard the confidentiality of information collected?
Who can participate in the current crowdsourcing initiative: Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards?
Boards members of a charity or non-profit organization, as well as anyone involved in the governance of such an organization, can participate.
I work with more than one charity or non-profit organization; which one should I answer for?
Please complete the questionnaire based on the organization where you work the most hours.
What is the definition of "diversity"?
Diversity refers to the variety of similarities and differences among people, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, disability, mental health, education, geography, and nationality.
Why do you ask about "ethnic origin"?
Questions about ethnic origin are asked as part of the sociodemographic questions near the end of the questionnaire. This information is collected in accordance with the Government of Canada's Employment Equity Act and its regulations and guidelines to support programs that promote equal opportunity for everyone to share in the social, cultural, and economic life of Canada.
Ethnic or cultural origin refers to the ethnic or cultural group(s) of a person's ancestors, including ancestors from both sides of their family. An ancestor is someone from whom a person is descended and is usually more distant than a grandparent. Ethnic or cultural ancestry refers to a person's "roots" or cultural background and should not be confused with citizenship or nationality.
Why are you asking about "sex" and "gender"?
To be respectful of how people choose to identify themselves, while still collecting meaningful data that has comparability to historical data, Statistics Canada is asking participants to identify their sex, which refers to sex at birth, as well as their gender.
Statistics Canada consulted with representatives from transgender organizations and academic experts to develop inclusive variables that respect the gender identity and expression of all Canadians. These new variables on sex and gender are based on a non-binary gender spectrum that covers the many gender identities and gender expressions of Canadians, including cisgender and transgender identities.
What do you mean by "a physical or mental disability"
It refers to one or several long-term or recurring limitations to vision, hearing, mobility, flexibility, dexterity, pain, learning, developmental, memory or mental health that limit a person’s daily activities. Caregivers may respond on behalf of someone who cannot participate on their own due to a disability.
Is this data collection accessible?
We are continuing to work towards improving accessibility for everyone. For survey participation, our Collection Portal follows Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and individuals who are blind and visually impaired can access our content using standard screen reader software.
Deaf or hard-of-hearing people who use an operator-assisted relay service can call us during regular business hours. They do not need to authorize the operator to contact us. They can also obtain additional support through our TTY line: 1-866-753-7083.
Can I answer the questions by phone?
No. To conduct this data collection as quickly as possible, we are only collecting information via online questionnaires.
How long does it take to complete the questionnaire?
It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
When will the data be available?
The data will be released on our website in early 2021.
How will you safeguard the confidentiality of information collected?
As with all Statistics Canada surveys, any information provided will remain confidential pursuant to the Statistics Act.
Statistics Canada takes the privacy of Canadians very seriously. Published data can never identify you or your household.
To find out more about the measures in place to safeguard the confidentiality of your information, visit Statistics Canada's Trust Centre.
- For more information about this survey crowdsourcing initiative (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5344