“Whose Land Are You On?”  A great resource to help you prepare a “Land Acknowledgement”

Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Canada has been pleased to offer several webinars over the past year on volunteer engagement and related issues. To view past recordings, please visit Volunteer Canada and their Webinars PageAlso, for a limited time, they have released some of their most popular corporate citizenship webinars from our Changemakers@Work Series.

 In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to mobilize global efforts to improve social, economic and environmental conditions around the world. Canada is one of 193 member states that agreed to work towards achieving these goals by 2030.  Volunteer Canada has adopted the goals because volunteering is an essential vehicle to help us tackle some of the pressing challenges facing the world.

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement:

Ensure your organization has adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (Since 2000, many organizations across Canada have  adopted The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.  The document outlines standards of practice in volunteer management. While the code is not enforced by any agency, it has provided a framework for decision-making, and has helped organizations involve volunteers in more meaningful ways)

Provincial Volunteer Programs:

Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA) Training

Provincial Volunteer Recognition Program ACHIEVE

Impact of COVID-19 on Volunteer Engagement Survey

Resources for COVID-19:

Confirmation of Essential Volunteering Letter Template

Covid-19 Self Assessment (a tool to self-assess prior to engaging in the community)

COVID-19 How to Volunteer During the Pandemic

The State of the Ontario Nonprofit Sector three months into the COVID-19 crisis

Learn More About Covid Vaccination Policies and Considerations:

Considerations for Employers in Implementing a Vaccination Policy (Webinar)

Top 10 Considerations For Employers in Implementing A Vaccination Policy (Gowling WLG) (August 30, 2021)

Update on Vaccination Policies in Canada (Gowling WLG) (August 30, 2021)

Case Study/Success Stories:

Routes Connecting Community (Working with volunteer drivers and reducing social isolation)

Regeneration (Safety first In service)

Fun Online Digital Game (great for virtual meetings): BRINGO

Videos related to volunteering in essential service sectors:

Link to our recorded Live Conversation about Volunteering and Food Insecurity (learn from Food Bank representatives volunteering during the pandemic)

Link to our recorded Live Conversation about Volunteer Drivers (learn about the growing demand for volunteer drivers in the pandemic)

Hospital and Healthcare Volunteer Engagement Video 

Statistics on Volunteering

StatsCan:  Volunteering Counts:  Formal and information contributions of Canadians in 2018.  Statistics Canada released an article that sheds light on the important contributions and dedication of volunteers in Canada. While the latest data on volunteering predate the pandemic, they provide a baseline for measuring the impact of the pandemic on volunteerism. 

StatsCan: Covid-19:  Volunteering in Canada, Challenges and Opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic

The State of the Ontario Nonprofit Sector three months into the COVID-19 crisis

Useful Resources and Learning:

Volunteer Canada: The Volunteering Lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Resources, Legislation and Learning Modules)

Budget 2021 Summary for Charities and Non Profits

Canada Helps:  The Giving Report 2021

Upholding New Safety Rules

Privacy and Data Security

Three Reasons to Ring in 2021!  Looking 20 years back and 20 years forward

Together Project:  Learning from the shift to virtual volunteering

Keeping Volunteers Engaged while services are suspended due to Covid19