Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering
Detailed information for 2007 to 2017
This account provides statistics on the economic contribution of the non-profit sector in Canada.
Data release - March 5, 2019
The Satellite Account of Non-profit Institutions and Volunteering was designed to measure the contribution of the nonprofit sector to the Canadian economy. Estimates in the satellite account are built from a wide range of data sources, including administrative files (tax records), Statistics Canada surveys and public accounts information. They are compiled according to international standards within the Canadian System of National Accounts.
For the purposes of these estimates, the definition of the non-profit sector adheres to international standards published in the United Nations' Handbook of National Accounting: Satellite Account on Non-profit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work. Canada's overall non-profit sector is divided into three broad categories as follows:
Community non-profit institutions: including organizations engaged, for example, in social services, advocacy or sports and recreation. These make up the "non-profit institutions serving households" sector in standard macroeconomic measures.
Business non-profit institutions: including, for example, business association, chambers of commerce and condominium associations. These are classified to the business sector in standard measures.
Government non-profit institutions: including, hospitals, some residential care facilities, universities and colleges. These are classified to the government sector in standard measures.
The economic value of volunteer activity cited in this document is derived by assigning a wage rate for social service occupations to hours volunteered from Statistics Canada's General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating.
The Canadian System of National Accounts (CSNA) provides a conceptually integrated statistical framework for studying the state and behaviour of the Canadian economy. The accounts are centered on the measurement of activities associated with the production of goods and services, the sales of goods and services in final markets, the supporting financial transactions, and the resulting wealth positions.
To produce financial statistics, the CSNA measures the economic dimensions of the public sector of Canada, including the financial inter-relationships among the thousands of entities that make up the three levels of government in Canada (federal, provincial and territorial, and local). In order to carry out this program, the CSNA maintains a universe of all public sector entities including their complex inter-relationships.
- Economic accounts
- Society and community
- Volunteering and donating
Data sources and methodology
Data are extracted from administrative files and derived from other Statistics Canada surveys and/or other sources.
The definition of the non-profit sector for the satellite account is consistent with international standards laid out in the United Nations' Handbook of National Accounting: Satellite Account on Non-profit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work. Estimates draw on a broad variety of data sources, including administrative files on registered charities, non-profit organizations and tax-exempt corporations, along with a range of Statistics Canada datasets and indicators. Compiled within the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts, results are fully comparable to standard macroeconomic concepts, such as the gross domestic product. Estimates of the economic value of volunteer activity cited in this document are based on Statistics Canada's General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating, undertaken on a five year cycle.
Statistics Canada is prohibited by law 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. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.
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Last review: June 22, 2018
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