About the Community Sector in Newfoundland and Labrador

The community sector encompasses non-profit, not-for-profit and charitable organizations. This includes a range of groups from sports organizations, religious organizations to advocacy groups or youth centres. Many of these organizations rely on volunteers to provide services to the community.

The Volunteer and Non-Profit Census

In the fall of 2013, the Volunteer and Non-profit Census was launched through a partnership between the Office of Public Engagement and Memorial University’s Harris Centre. This Census was designed to gather labour market and other important information about non-profit organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Census was administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency.

The first phase of the Census gathered contact information from 3,648 groups throughout the province. This phase concluded in spring 2014, and was subsequently followed by the launch of the second phase in June 2014. This phase collected information about the current labour market situation of the community sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. Results and summary tables opens in new window opens in new window from the second phase of the Census have been posted on the open.gov.nl.ca website. The Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency updates will update this information as they continue to analyze the data. This information, and all of Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s other open data proactive disclosures, can be found at open.gov.nl.ca opens in new window opens in new window.

Volunteer Rates in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • 46.4% of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians 15 years of age or older volunteer, the national average is 43.6%
  • Newfoundlanders and Labradorians volunteered a total of 30.2 million volunteer hours or an average of 151 hours of unpaid time each year
  • 66.7% of Newfoundland and Labrador youth between15-24 years of age volunteer, the national average is 53.2%
  • Canadians volunteered nearly 2 billion hours in 2013, the equivalent of nearly one million full-time jobs

Statistics Canada, General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering, and Participating, 2013 opens in new window opens in new window

Donor Rates in Newfoundland and Labrador

  • In 2013, 87% of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians 15 years of age or older donated to charitable organizations, this was the highest rate of any province in Canada
  • In 2013, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians donated $132 million to charitable organizations

Statistics Canada, General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering, and Participating, 2013 opens in new window opens in new window

Community Summits

Community Summits have been held every two years since 2010. These bi-annual events bring together community stakeholders from across the province to discuss the capacity and needs of the community sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is an opportunity for community groups to network with each other and to contribute to the ongoing dialogue between government and the community sector.

The first event was held following a series of 23 community roundtables engaging nearly 300 community leaders from across the province. This early work can be reviewed in A Summary of Community Discussions with the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector PDF document opens in new window PDF document (1.8 MB).

Community Summit documents include the following.

Community Summit 2010:

Community Summit 2012:

Community Summit 2014:

Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador Research

The Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador is a Newfoundland and Labrador based organization which focuses on strengthening and promoting the essential role that voluntary and non-profit, community organizations play in building healthy and prosperous communities. The Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador has developed and published a significant number of reports, publications and other research about the community sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. This research can be found here opens in new window opens in new window.