Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

About Us

Did You Know?

12.7 million Canadians contribute close to 2 billion hours (General Social Survey - Giving, Volunteering and Participating, 2013).

About Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since 1977, we have been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation. We collaborate closely with volunteer centres, local organizations and national corporations to promote and broaden volunteering. Our programs, research, training, tools, resources and national initiatives provide leadership on issues and trends in Canada’s volunteer landscape.


Vision: Involved Canadians build strong and connected communities to create a vibrant Canada

Volunteer Canada provides national leadership and expertise on volunteerism to increase the participation, quality and diversity of volunteer experiences.

Who do we work with?

  • Volunteers
  • Volunteer centres
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses
  • Governments 
  • Educational institutions

What do we do?

  1. Provide leadership and Expertise on volunteerism.
  2. Promote and facilitate volunteer engagement.
  3. Convene, connect, and collaborate with all sectors

OUTCOMES – What difference will it make?

  • Non-profit organizations of different sizes and mandates can more easily engage a diverse range of volunteers.
  • Volunteer centres are more equipped, connected and positioned to strengthen volunteering.
  • Businesses are more equipped, connected and positioned to support employee volunteering
  • Volunteers from diverse backgrounds are more aware of/able to access a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
  • Key players are working together to create collective impact.
  • Governments are better equipped to develop informed public policy on volunteerism;
  • Volunteer Canada is recognized as the national leader on volunteerism.

Increased participation, quality, and diversity of volunteering to build strong and connected communities