CHIMP and Angus Reid Institute

What makes the giving habits of new Canadians unique?

Canada is a nation of immigrants. Roughly one-in-five Canadians were born in another country, according to the 2016 census. So, when considering the giving habits of Canadians, it’s worth asking if and how newer Canadians differ from the general population.

In this final release of a four-part study on charitable giving, CHIMP (Charitable Impact) and the Angus Reid Institute explore how first- and second-generation Canadians give, and what makes their giving unique.

Faith is an important distinction for new Canadians

71%

71% of first-generation immigrants surveyed say their religious beliefs strongly influence their giving habits, compared to 46% of the general population…
61%

…and 61% of those born outside of Canada say they are involved with a religious or faith-based cause, compared to 31% of the general population.

New Canadians are more likely to say they should be doing more

4 in 10

41% of those born outside of Canada say they feel they should be doing more to support charitable causes. 30% of the general population say the same.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

8 in 10

84% of immigrants say they would give more money to charity if they felt more confident about the whole thing, compared 61% of those in the general population.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

7 in 10

74% of immigrants indicate they would give more money to charity if they could find the perfect cause for them. In the general population, only 48% share the same view.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charity also means sending money back home

In terms of donation amounts, those born outside of Canada contribute similar amounts and to a similar number of causes as those in the general population.

51%

5 in 10 of those born outside of Canada provide ongoing support to at least one charitable cause, while 43% of those in the general population also do so…

51%
27%

…yet almost 3 in 10 of those born outside Canada send money to family overseas in the form of remittances. Only a handful of those in the general population say they do the same.

27%

Second-generation Canadians are also more likely to give

Second-generation Canadians are as likely as first-generation immigrants to volunteer or donate in many charitable areas. This means second-generation Canadians are also much more likely than those in the general population to give their time or money…

55%

…yet faith is less of a factor for second-generation Canadians. Only 55% say their personal faith strongly influences their charitable activity, compared to 71% of those born outside Canada…
43%

…and only 43% of second-generation Canadians say they are involved with a religious or faith-based cause, compared to 61% of immigrants.

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