Belonging and Leadership Supplementary 2007

Belonging and Leadership: 2007 Archive - Supplementary Information

Most people have a deep need to feel they belong: to a culture, to a community, to a cause. Communities are stronger when citizens put their energies toward civic responsibility, respect for others, social well-being and volunteerism.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, references to "Kitchener" refer to the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).

Federal Election Voter Turnout

Table X-3: Percentage Voter Turnout for 2000, 2004, 2006 Federal Elections for Vital Signs CMAs and CAs
Percentage Voter TurnoutPercentage Voter TurnoutPercentage Voter Turnout

Source: Elections Canada, Official Voting Results 2000, Thirty-eighth General election Table 11: Voting Results by Electoral District, Thirty-ninth general election Table 11:Voting Results by Electoral District retrieved from; Wikipedia electoral riding placements

Voter turnout for the 2006 Federal Election in Kitchener was 66.8 per cent. This turnout is 2.1 percentage points higher than the national average (64.7 per cent) and 0.2 percentage points lower than the provincial average (66.6 per cent).

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The Volunteer Rate

Table X-2: Volunteer Rate (15 and older) for Vital Signs CMAs, 2000
Kitchener27.1 %

Definition of Volunteer: proportion of Canadians aged 15 and older engaged in unpaid activities as part of a group or organization(Canada's National Survey of Giving Volunteering and Participating)

Source: Canadian Council on Learning, 2006 , based on Statistics Canada, National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating. Special Request

In 2000 the volunteer rate of people 15 years and older in Kitchener was 27.1 per cent. This compares as being slightly above both the national and Ontario provincial rate of volunteering, which were 27.0 and 25.0 respectively.

Appendix Table X-3-i: Volunteer Rate based on Persons Reporting Hours of Unpaid Care or Assistance to Seniors, 1996 and 2001
  Share in Population
19962001Population in 1996Population in 200119962001

Source: Statistics Canada. Census 1996 and 2001, Community Profiles.

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 Unemployment rate of immigrants as a ratio of the non-immigrant unemployment rate
Non-immigrant populationEntered country 6 to 10 years agoEntered country within the last 5 yearsNon-immigrant populationEntered country 6 to 10 years agoEntered country within the last 5 yearsEntered country 6 to 10 years agoEntered country within the last 5 yearsEntered country 6 to 10 years agoEntered country within the last 5 years

Community Newspaper Circulation

Community Newspaper Circulation, 2006

Waterloo Region 99,148

Source: Ontario Community Newspapers Association,

The Number of Charities

Number of Charities (per 10,000 residents), 2006

Waterloo Region 20.6

Source: CRA,

The Number of Charitable Tax Filers

Table X-1: Charitable Donors as a Proportion of Tax Filers for Vital Signs Communities, 1997-2005
Kitchener31.2 %31.4 %31.1 %30.8 %30.4 %30.1 %29.5 %29.9 %29.4 %

Source: Statistics Canada Table 111-0001, series v745953, v745954, v746148, v746149, v746161, v746162, v746174, v746175, v746239, v746240, v746265, v746266, v746304, v746305, v746330, v746331, v746369, v746370, v746278, v746279, v746434, v746435, v746460, v746461, v745966, v745967, v745979, v745980, v746005, v746006, v746018, v746019, v746031, v746032.

With the proportion of tax filers that declare charitable donations at 29 per cent in 2005, Kitchener had 118 per cent of the national rate and 108 per cent of the provincial rate. The rate was down 6 per cent from 1997.

Charitable Donors as a Proportion of Tax Filers, 2005

Waterloo Region 29.4 %

Source: Statistics Canada Table 111-0001

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Median Charitable Donations

Table X-4: Median Charitable Donations for Donors in Vital Signs Communities, 1997-2005

Note: Donations based on the amount declared on line 340 of the income tax form.

Source: Statistics Canada, Table 111-0001 series v745963, v746158, v746171, v746184, v746249, v746275, v746314, v746340, v746379, v746288, v746444, v746470, v745976, v745989, v746015, v746028, v746041.

With the median charitable donations of donors amounting to $290 in 2005, Kitchener had donations that were 121 per cent of the national average and 97 per cent of the provincial average. Median donations have increased 38 per cent since 1997, the first year for which data are available.

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Per Capita United Way Donations (2005)

Waterloo Region $15.78

Source: United Way of Canada

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