Volunteer rates sink across Canada as inflation, affordability crisis keep people away

A diminishing base of volunteers renews calls for a national strategy: Volunteer Canada

Why It Matters

A lack of volunteers for local charities, compounded by Canada’s current affordability crisis, is squeezing charities at both ends, putting them and the communities they serve at risk.

Canada’s leading charitable organization representing volunteers is calling for a national action strategy responding to a “perfect storm” of post-pandemic challenges. “I think it’s time for us to collectively reimagine this work,” said Volunteer Canada President and CEO Megan Conway. “It’s challenging times, collectively,” she added, alluding to a post-COVID-19 affordability crisis where non-profit sectors struggle to provide front-line essential services without adequate funding.

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