Volunteering in Canada – in Crisis?

The word crisis here may be somewhat inflationary.  Nonetheless in 2010 a report written by Volunteer Canada noted some increasing gaps in volunteer services desired and the ability of organizations to meet these needs.  Simultaneously a drop in the size of  the Canadian population volunteering (3% drop from 2010 to 2013)  was noted  via Statistics Canada’s Data on Giving, Volunteering and Participating in Canada.  This data is only accrued every three years – the next collection occurring in 2016.  At that point we’ll be able to say more about the slide.

Who cares about gaps or drops in volunteers?  Well, the nonprofit or charity sector in Canada is a $50 billion industry.  Many non profits count on volunteers to fulfill their mission.  TD Economist puts the economic value of volunteering in Canada at $50 billion in 2012. Yet does Canada have a volunteer strategy or do the provinces have a strategy?  No, at least not that I have found.  The infographic below belongs to Ontario’s Volunteer Action Plan but further information on such a plan beyond that a plan was announced and starting could not be found (emails to the Ministry and Minister went unanswered).

Ontario’s Volunteer Action Plan – more information to come?
Graphic source:  http://volunteergw.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Ontarios-Volunteer-Action-Plan.pdf

Do you have more information on a national or provincial volunteer strategy?  Let us know in the comments section.



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