Get involved in your community by volunteering
Join millions of Canadian volunteers who freely donate their time to help others. It is an excellent way to gain skills, meet friends and develop contacts. Use volunteer experiences to build your resume, improve your language skills, gain self-confidence, learn about Canadian culture and gain a stronger sense of belonging to a community.
You'll find links to information and resources from across the country on this web page. Keep reading and click through to find out about volunteering in Canada, how you can help others and gain valuable experiences in the process.
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship has partnered with Manulife Financial and Volunteer Canada to help volunteers and organizations connect.
If you're ready to find the volunteer opportunity that's perfect for you, click here to get matched!
What is volunteerism? [vol-uh n-teer-iz-uh m] is the policy or practice of volunteering, of giving your time to help individuals, businesses and organizations but you do not get paid. Volunteering is a fundamental act of citizenship and philanthropy in Canadian society. Every day, thousands of Canadians voluntarily give their time and talent to organizations across the country. Volunteers give their time freely and with no expectation of monetary reward. Click here to learn more.
How is volunteering different in Canada? Canadians are known for their generosity; approximately 12.5 million Canadians give back by volunteering. In Canada, volunteer experience is often regarded as job experience. Uncover more key facts and other details about volunteering.
What are the benefits of volunteering? Volunteering can offer you an opportunity to gain Canadian work experience, to earn a professional reference or simply to get out of your house and meet new people. Click here to learn more about how you can benefit from giving to others.
Who volunteers in Canada? Volunteers come from all backgrounds, ages and areas of expertise. Are you one of them? Find out which group of volunteers is the biggest and who gives the most time by clicking here.
What sort of things do people do when they volunteer? The list of things that volunteers can do is as diverse and interesting as the volunteers themselves! Some volunteers will join a group of friends or family members to help a walk-a-thon, other volunteers work independently in a professional office environment and some choose to be virtual volunteers from their computer at home. Browse the various types of volunteer positions listed here and you may be surprised by the many ways volunteers impact your community.
Are you thinking of becoming a volunteer?
What would you like to do? How could you contribute?
Here are some tips, tricks and tools to help you get started:
- What are the steps towards volunteering? You have lots to offer; skills, energy, time and more. Click here for a list of practical questions you can ask yourself and organizations you are interested in helping.
- What kind of volunteer am I? What are your passions? How do you approach a problem? How do you prefer to work? The answers to these questions could help you discover the most rewarding volunteer opportunity. Click here for an innovative quiz that helps you uncover your inner volunteer.
- Is there somewhere I can go for help? Your community might have a Volunteer Centre. These centres have experts who can answer your questions help you find volunteer opportunities nearby. Click here for more information about how Volunteer Centres can help.
- How do I find a Volunteer Centre? There are more than 100 Centres across Canada. Click here for an interactive map that will help you find the Centre nearest you.
How do I find the volunteering opportunity that is perfect for me?
Click here to get matched!
Want to get involved in welcoming new citizens to your community? Click here to learn about the ICC's Building Citizenship volunteers who generously give their time, energy and passion to organize ICC community citizenship ceremonies across the country.
Questions about the program?
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