This collection of resources have been compiled to help you get the most out of a volunteer experience by providing key information, setting out best practices and building understanding of how we can improve our ability to connect with our communities.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can my organization have multiple logins or more than one person managing volunteers?

A: Yes! Add more team members in your dashboard. We recommend one login for each team member managing postings.

Q: We have many programs we are recruiting for, can I really post as many opportunities as I want?

A: Yes!

Q: Can I post in multiple regions?

A: Yes, volunteers will find your listings by the location you indicate on your volunteer posting.

Q: Is this this recruitment tool really free?

A: Sure is, it's part of our mandate as a Volunteer Centre.

Q: I'm in a new region, how will you attract volunteers?

A: We use a combination of advertisements and search engine optimization to attract volunteers.

Q: How will I know if my posting is reaching people?

A: You can check out the number of views in your dashboard.

Q: My volunteer posting isn't getting a lot of views! What can I do?

A: You can read our research below (in research) to see how your volunteer postings stack up against what volunteers are looking for. You can also take a look at other postings to get ideas of fun ways to present information that might make your posting more attractive to volunteers.

Q: Can I post for paid opportunities?

A: No

Q: Can I post on behalf of an organization that is a for-profit?

A: No



Volunteer Screening - looking to understand the things organizations will consider when thinking about who they need as part of their volunteer team. Check out the 10 Steps to Screening.

Police Information Check - some organizations require a Police Information Check as part of their screening process, this resource explains why that's important! Calgary Police Service also has a great video that walks you through their online process.

Corporate Engagement - are you and your team looking to volunteer? Managing a large group of people can be a challenge. Follow the steps in this document to ensure that your corporate engagement is a mutual successful for your team and the organization.

Volunteering on a Board - so you want to join a board? Well there is a number of resources available out there that you can review to start or help your journey to effectively serving on a board.

Bad Volunteer Experience - did you have a bad experience?  Please note that we do not investigate or intervene in individual situations, but this document outlines some broad steps you can take.

Newcomer Guide 1 and Newcomer Guide 2  - this is for you if you are new to Canada and if you work with new Canadians. Helpful resources that provide a great list of services available to make the transition easier.  



July 2019 - Economic Value of Volunteering

May 2019 - What Volunteers are Interested in Doing?

April 2019 - Representing Volunteers in Alberta

Contact us if you're interested in having us conduct similar research in your area



Contribute to Volunteerism in Canada! Take five minutes to complete our micro volunteer opportunity so we can learn about volunteerism in your area: Canadian Volunteerism Survey

Our active research projects include volunteerism in:

  1. City of Toronto
  2. BC's Lower Mainland (if you live there you know that includes Vancouver - Richmond - Burnaby through to Surrey - Langley - Abbottsford).
  3. Comox Valley (including Comox and Courtenay)
  4. Saskatchewan

Canadian Volunteerism Survey


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