Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Issues and Public Policy

Over the past decade, various worldwide trends have had a significant impact on volunteering and citizen engagement. Issues and public policy shifts have occurred in response to changing demographics, advances in technology, globalization and cycles in the economy. Volunteer Canada provides leadership in addressing such changes and by sharing information reflecting the perspectives of local, regional, provincial, territorial and national organizations, as a springboard for conversations and decision-making.

Did You Know?

Volunteer Canada boasts a membership of over 1,200 groups (Volunteer Canada).

Screening

What is screening? Screening is a process that helps match people with volunteer positions while improving the quality and safety of the programs and services offered in...

Assigning an Economic Value to Volunteering

It’s no secret that Canada’s volunteers are valuable. But how do we measure the social and economic value of volunteering? Volunteer Canada has researched the issue....

Mandatory Community Service

Mandatory community service programs and policies require participants to perform specified number of hours of service in the community in order to receive concrete benefits...
Regulatory Framework

Volunteering and the Law

Organizations that engage volunteers have specific legal and moral obligations to their community, clients, staff and volunteers. Are volunteers treated as paid employees,...

Public Policy Dialogues

At Volunteer Canada, we regularly hold policy dialogues about volunteering and community involvement. When we hold these talks, we bring together diverse groups of people....

Government Relations

Volunteer Canada works with governments to promote volunteering. We work with federal government departments and we liaise with provincial and territorial programs that...

Ready for Crisis

In the next 10 years, Canada can expect to experience more severe storms, more flooding and droughts. Extreme weather is now a reality. We also face the risk of health-related...

Ready for Crisis: Service Continuity

In times of crisis, many citizens rely on community services. So we should be prepared to ensure that we can continue offering services in a disaster. The following are a few...

Ready for Crisis: Community Resiliency

Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina show how complex and severe disasters can be. But disasters also show the community’s ability to assist one another in difficult...

Ready for Crisis: Resources

To prepare for potential disasters, you need a plan in place. We’ve put together the following resources for organizations to use in their emergency preparedness...

Ready for Crisis: Fast Facts

Ready for Crisis: Frequently Asked Questions

Ready for Crisis: Glossary

Ready for Crisis: Reports

Framework for Health Emergencies The Framework for Health Emergencies provides a call to action for your organization to internally prepare for an emergency and to think about...

Ready for Crisis: Tools and Tutorials

Service Continuity Planning Tutorial This online tutorial is designed to help you and your organization develop, implement and test a workable plan to prevent the...