Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

About Us

Did You Know?

13.3 million Canadians contribute 2.1 billion hours, the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time jobs (Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2010).

About Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, we have been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation. We collaborate closely with volunteer centres, local organizations and national corporations to promote and broaden volunteering. Our programs, research, training, tools, resources and national initiatives provide leadership on issues and trends in Canada’s volunteer landscape.


Involved Canadians. Resilient communities. A vibrant Canada.


To provide leadership in strengthening citizen engagement and to serve as a catalyst for voluntary action.

Our work is important because:

  • We all benefit when Canadians are involved in their communities.
  • Raising the profile of volunteering makes it easier for organizations to attract and retain volunteers.
  • Providing non-profit organizations with tools and resources helps enhance their community engagement programs.
  • Collaborating with businesses helps to advance private sector community efforts.
  • Connecting public agencies with partners in other sectors creates effective community engagement initiatives.
  • Communities are improved and everyone benefits when involved Canadians choose to share their time, energy and skills.
  • We ensure that views and concerns from the voluntary sector are heard wherever there is public policy debate concerning community engagement. 

How do we accomplish our mission?

  • By developing new initiatives based on original research.
  • By working with a multi-sector national network to help shape a clear perspective on volunteerism in Canada.
  • By connecting a broad range of partners from across Canada to share their community engagement accomplishments and lessons learned.
  • By convening and facilitating networks comprised of individuals and organizations that are committed to creating more engaged communities.