Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Engaging Volunteers

Volunteering is a fundamental act of good citizenship. It’s also essential in our society. Volunteer Canada can support your organization to develop strategies for recruiting and managing volunteers from every walk of life, age and cultural group. We can also help you assess risk in volunteer positions, effectively deal with related legal and ethical issues, implement employer-supported volunteering policies in the workplace—and more.

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Did You Know?

Volunteers contribute 154 hours per year on average (General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2013).

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...

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement: CCVI Adoptees

We urge organizations to adopt the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. In doing so, your board may want to consider the following motion: "That the Canadian Code for...

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 communities. It’s an...

Volunteer Management

At its most basic level, volunteer management is the selection, supervision and engagement of volunteers. But it’s much more than that. Volunteer management opens an...

Volunteer Management: Universal Declaration on the Profession

In 2001, International Year of Volunteers, volunteer management professionals from around the globe met in Toronto for the International Conference on Volunteer...
The Knowledge Cycle

Training

Many local volunteer centres provide education and training services on topics including: Volunteer engagement Volunteer management Board...

Volunteer Recognition

Getting to know your volunteers helps you understand how they prefer to be recognized. Recognition activities should be customized to the individual and reflect their level of...

Awards

There are numerous volunteer awards programs in Canada at the national, provincial and local levels. These awards recognize the impressive impact volunteers have on our...

Youth

The 2013 General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating found that, for more than a decade, Canadian youth have volunteered more than any other age group. In...

Older Adults

Canada was home to the largest baby boom of any western country. Considered to be born between 1946 and 1964, the baby boomer generation can be characterized as having multiple...

Family Volunteering

Family volunteering involves more than one person in a household or extended family. It includes different generations in a family, volunteering together. Here are some...

Employer-Supported Volunteering

Employer-supported volunteering encourages a company’s staff to donate their time to community causes. It can be done on company time or supported through other company...

Newcomers

Many newcomers to Canada are interested in volunteering. In addition to contributing to their new community, they may see it as a way to improve their language skills or gain work...

Group Volunteering

A circle of friends, a company’s employees, a youth group, a service club, a class, a faith group, a family or a neighbourhood can do group volunteering. What’s the best way to...

Skills-Based Volunteering

Volunteers can bring their own skills and experience to a volunteer role. Motivations for volunteering are diverse. While some aim to learn new skills and aptitudes through...

Board Members

Non-profit organizations rely on strong leadership to drive change and achieve their missions. Nearly all non-profits in Canada are led by a volunteer board of directors. The...

Making Volunteer Opportunities Inclusive

When volunteer opportunities are inclusive, it is easier for people of all abilities to volunteer throughout their lifespans and you make your organization more effective...

Removing Barriers to Inclusion

Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the benefits that giving to others through volunteering provides. Barriers to participation of people with disabilities...

Technology to Support People with Disabilities

Information and communication technology (ICT) can be used in a variety of ways to support individuals with disabilities and others in participating in volunteerism. This fact...