At Volunteer Canada, we are committed to upholding the principles of Justice, Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (JAIDE) in all aspects of our work. We recognize the colonial constructs present in narratives around volunteerism and are working to shift these narratives to reflect diverse models of community participation in an effort to actively move towards reconciliation. We envision a society where every unique background and perspective is acknowledged and celebrated, fostering a vibrant future of volunteerism. We know that volunteering serves as a catalyst for social justice, and we acknowledge systemic inequalities and advocate for change, envisioning a Canada with equal opportunities for all. Volunteerism should be universally accessible, and we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone, regardless of differences, can participate as both contributors and beneficiaries of community engagement. Volunteer Canada is committed to nurturing inclusive spaces, valuing differences in race, gender, age, and ability, and enhancing our impact on positive change. We strive to address imbalances in our programs, policies, and practices. Understanding the distinction between equality and equity, we believe everyone should have the tools and resources needed to thrive in volunteering.

As we champion, support, and celebrate volunteerism, these JAIDE principles remain at our core. Our commitment to continuous growth drives us to create a volunteer landscape mirroring the diversity of our country. Together, we contribute to a Canada where everyone is valued, respected, and empowered.