Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Research and Tools

Leading with Intention: Employer-Supported Volunteering in Canada

Over the past decade, employer-supported volunteering has moved from being an exceptional initiative to a mainstream practice among today’s employers.

This resource explores the benefits and challenges of employer-supported volunteering (ESV); provides insight into how small and medium sized enterprises connect with community; and outlines some strategies for the future of this developing field. A key section in the resource highlights the ESV programs of eight leading Canadian companies, all of them members of Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Council on Volunteering. The profiles show what strong cross-sectoral partnerships can accomplish and reinforce the message that a diversity of strategies is best in meeting the range of realities, expectations, goals, and needs in communities across the country. 

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Employer-Supported Volunteering: The Practice and the Promise of Community Engagement: This primer has been developed by Volunteer Canada and the RBC Foundation, based on a report produced for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This is the Institute’s first publication.

Click here to read a one page summary of the primer.