Canada has many vibrant provincial and national not-for-profit research and umbrella organizations that provide assistance and support to the NFPsector.
We have provided this list to help you learn more about these organizations. This list is not comprehensive, and the Ontario government does not officially endorse any of these organizations or sites.
Carleton University Centre for Voluntary Sector Research & Development
This centre works with networks of practitioners, academic researchers and policy makers. Its website includes information, research and learning opportunities on emerging issues in the NFP sector. It focuses on sustainability and leadership, policy and practice and connections and community.
This is Canada's largest not-for-profit P sector website. It has news, weekly feature articles, a “Village Vibes” newsflash,NFP employment information, volunteer matching, NFP training courses and links to thousands of NFP sector organizations and websites in Canada and around the world.
Envision: Virtual Resource Centre
This Community Services Council of Newfoundland and Labrador website offers a wide range of information on managing a voluntary organization in Canada.
Human Resources Council for Voluntary/Nonprofit Sector
This site provides a wide range of human resources information and guidance to help not-for-profit attract, support, and keep skilled and committed employees. Its online resources include the Good HR Practices Tool Kit human resources assessment and planning tools, information on employee benefits and retirement plans, and more.
Imagine Canada is a national registered charity that looks into and out for Canada’s charities and not-for-profits. Through offices in Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa, it supports and profiles research that puts the sector on the map and raises its profile in the minds of Canadians.
Ontario Nonprofit Network
The Ontario Non-profit Network helps to build communication and coordination among nonprofit organizations working for the public benefit in Ontario. They support non-profits so they have the information that they need to make their voices heard and their issues addressed.
Ontario Volunteer Centres Network
This organization is a provincial network and voice for all of Ontario’s recognized volunteer centres. It strengthens the individual and collective ability of volunteer centres in Ontario to promote and develop volunteerism.
Contact information for the province’s 24 Volunteer Centres
Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources of Ontario (PAVR-O)
This provincial organization promotes professional standards of excellence in the administration of volunteer resources throughout Ontario. PAVR-O builds individual, organizational and community capacity to effectively engage volunteers by helping them manage their volunteer resources professionally.
Ryerson University – Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies
This Centre was established in 1995 to enhance understanding of the voluntary sector through research and education. Its mandate includes conducting and disseminating research, providing educational opportunities through formal undergraduate and continuing education programs, and providing consulting and research services to non-profit organizations.
This website connects visitors to a wide array of free resources related to Canada's not-for-profit sector. These resources include news and resources, access to online communities, access to discussion forums and an e-newsletter.
Volunteer Canada Resources
Volunteer Canada provides a national voice for volunteerism and volunteer centres in Canada. It has provided leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement since 1977. Its website includes research, training and information on volunteer management, board volunteering, family volunteering, recognition, screening, youth volunteering, older adult volunteering and directors’ and officers’ insurance.