Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement

Volunteer Canada created the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) to support organizations that engage volunteers. The CCVI is a framework for involving volunteers in all levels of an organization. This includes volunteers working in leadership, direct service and virtual roles.

We encourage all organizations to think about how they engage volunteers. Download the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement to evaluate your volunteer program.

Background and Purpose 

Volunteer Canada launched the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) in 2001. In 2012, we revised it to better reflect today’s volunteer landscape. The CCVI is designed to be adaptable. It’s meant to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes, in every community across Canada. An organization with a single staff member should be able to apply the CCVI. It should also be relevant to national organizations with staff spread out across the country.

The CCVI supports organizations by:

  • Stating the values and benefits of volunteer involvement
  • Providing a framework for discussion and decision-making within organizations
  • Promoting meaningful volunteer involvement that meets the needs of both the organization and its volunteers

Together, these components encourage organizations to consider how they work with volunteers. The CCVI aims to improve volunteer involvement from coast to coast.

Code Audit

The member-exclusive online Code Audit helps you assess and analyze the way your organization involves volunteers, and helps identify areas for further development. Completing the Code Audit will generate reflection and action to increase the positive impact of your volunteer program on the mission of your organization and on your volunteers. To learn more about becoming a member of Volunteer Canada, click here.

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