Statistics Canada launched a crowd-sourced questionnaire on diversity in the non-profit and charity sector.  I encourage groups to complete the questionnaire so that we have some more information on diversity within non-profits and charities.  It is available until December 23, 2020.



Here is the description and questions provided by Statistics Canada:



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 answer the questionnaire.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Although voluntary, your participation is important so that the information collected is as accurate and complete as possible.

Authorization and confidentiality

Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.

Record linkages

To enhance the data from this survey and to reduce the reporting burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with other survey or administrative data sources.

question 1. Do you sit on the board of directors for a charity or not-for-profit organization?

question 3. What is the name of this organization?

question 8. In which provinces or territories does the [name of organization] operate?


[There is no option for across Canada and you would need to then check off each of the provinces.]
Question 9. Which of the following best describes the geographic area that [name of organization] primarily services?

question 10. Does [organization] undertake activities in arts and culture?

Question 11  Does [organization ]undertake activities in sports and recreation? Include providing opportunities for sports and recreation, tourism, and service clubs.
e.g., The Rotary Foundation, Kin Canada, Lions Clubs International Foundation

question 12. Does [organization] undertake activities in education or research?

Include providing formal educational programs or conducting medical and scientific research.
Exclude providing day care or health promotion and wellness education.

Does [organization] undertake activities in the area of health?

Include providing health care, nursing home care, health promotion and wellness education.
Exclude medical research.

question 14. Does [organization] undertake activities in the area of social services?

Include family and child services such as parenting courses, day care and youth programs and emergency and relief organizations.
e.g., Scouts Canada, YMCA or YWCA, volunteer firefighters, temporary shelters
Exclude health services, nursing homes, community development and job training.

question 15. Does [organization] undertake activities in the area of the environment?

Include protection and beautification of the natural environment, animal protection and veterinary services.

question 16. Does [organization] undertake activities in the area of development and housing?

Include economic and community development, housing, employment training, vocational counselling, and operation community or neighbourhood organizations.

question 17. Does [organization] undertake activities in the area of law, advocacy or politics?

Include advocacy on behalf of a specific cause or group, the law or legal services, crime prevention, victim services, offender rehabilitation, and politics.
Exclude organizations that are engaged in advocacy as a secondary activity.

Does [organization] undertake activities in the area of grantmaking, fundraising or promoting voluntarism?

Include making grants to other organizations, fund-raising on behalf of other organizations and promoting and supporting volunteering for other organizations.

question 19. Does [organization] undertake international activities?

Include delivering services outside Canada or fostering international relations.

question 20. Does [organization] undertake activities in the area of religion?

Include religious congregations, or organizations supporting a religious congregation.
Exclude religiously inspired groups that focus on some other type of activity, such as international development.

question 21. Does [organization] operate as a business association, professional association or union?

Include regulating or promoting the interests of specific professions, branches of business, or groups of employees.

question 22. Does [organization] undertake any activities in an area not previously mentioned?

question 23. Of the areas that you previously indicated that [organization] was active in, which is the one area to which most of its time is devoted?

question 24. Which of the following populations does [organization] serve?

Select all that apply.

question 25. How many individuals sit on the board of directors of [organization] ?

Does [organization] have a written policy to ensure the diversity of its board of directors?

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, nationality, etc.


Board of director diversity characteristics

Now a series of questions about yourself as a board member.


question 27. What is the highest certificate, diploma or degree that you have completed?

Long-term conditions

The following questions are about any long-term conditions you may have.

question 28. Do you have any of the following difficulties?

Include only difficulties or long-term conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six or more months.
Select all that apply.

Long-term conditions

question 29. Do you identify as a person with a disability?

A person with a disability is a person who has a long-term difficulty or condition, such as vision, hearing, mobility, flexibility, dexterity, pain, learning, developmental, memory or mental health-related impairments, that limit their daily activities inside or outside the home such as at school, work, or in the community in general.

Indigenous identity

question 30. Are you First Nations, Métis or Inuk (Inuit)?

Would you say:


question 31. The following question collects information in accordance with the 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.

Select all that apply.

Help for question 31. 

Are you:

question 32. Where were you born?

           Are you a Canadian citizen?


question 33. In what year did you first become a landed immigrant or a permanent resident?

If exact year is not known, enter best estimate.


question 34. What was your sex at birth?

Sex refers to sex assigned at birth.

question 35. What is your gender?

Gender refers to current gender which may be different from sex assigned at birth and may be different from what is indicated on legal documents.

Is it?

question 36. Please verify that all of the information is correct.

If all the information is correct, press the Next button.
To make changes, press the Previous button.
Your information
Sex assigned at birth: Female
Gender: Male

question 37. What is your age?

question 38. To determine which geographic region you live in, please provide your postal code.

question 39. What is your sexual orientation?

Would you say you are:

Thank you

Your questionnaire has been submitted and your confirmation code is ____________________(write it down or print this page). Statistics Canada would like to thank you for your participation.

If you wish to retain a copy of your responses to this questionnaire, print your questionnaire.