Valuing your volunteers - adopt the code
Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick Inc.
Valuing your volunteers - Adopt the code.
Information from Volunteer Canada
We are pleased to announce the release of the Updated Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI).
Originally released in 2001, the CCVI was created to support organizations that engage volunteers. The 2017 edition contains updated standards, reflects the current social context, and incorporates a more streamlined format.
NEW: Putting the Code into ActionPutting the Code into Action is a resource designed to help organizations implement each of the CCVI standards of practice.
Want to know more? Read the FAQ.
Coming Soon: Updated Code Audit tool. The Code Audit Tool is being updated to align with the new CCVI. The tool helps organizations assess and analyze its volunteer involvement strategies and practices. Watch for the launch of the updated Code Audit tool soon.
Volunteer Canada created the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) to support organizations that engage volunteers. The CCVI is a framework for involving volunteers in all levels of an organization. This includes volunteers working in leadership, direct service and virtual roles
We encourage all organizations to think about how they engage volunteers. Download the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement to evaluate your volunteer program.
Background and Purpose
Volunteer Canada launched the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI) in 2001. In 2012, we revised it to better reflect today’s volunteer landscape. The CCVI is designed to be adaptable. It’s meant to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes, in every community across Canada. An organization with a single staff member should be able to apply the CCVI. It should also be relevant to national organizations with staff spread out across the country.
- The CCVI supports organizations by:
- Stating the values and benefits of volunteer involvement
- Providing a framework for discussion and decision-making within organizations
- Promoting meaningful volunteer involvement that meets the needs of both the organization and its volunteers
Together, these components encourage organizations to consider how they work with volunteers. The CCVI aims to improve volunteer involvement from coast to coast.
The member-exclusive online Code Audit helps you assess and analyze the way your organization involves volunteers, and helps identify areas for further development. Completing the Code Audit will generate reflection and action to increase the positive impact of your volunteer program on the mission of your organization and on your volunteers. To learn more about becoming a member of Volunteer Canada, click here.
- Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement — The CCVI gives in-depth explanations of the different standards for volunteer engagement. It includes a checklist to help organizations implement recommendations in the document.
- Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Pamphlet — This bilingual booklet gives a summary of the information found in the CCVI.
- Volunteer Involvement Audit Tool — Organizations can use this tool to assess their volunteer programs. It’s intended both for organizations that have already adopted the CCVI and those that haven’t.
- A Guide to Cultural Competency Application of the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement — The goal of this guide is to show organizations ways to be welcoming of new Canadians. Using the guide, organizations can build inclusive volunteer programs.
- Harbourfront Centre Case Study - This case study is intended to provide an example of how Harbourfront Centre reviewed the CCVI and set forth a thorough review of each of the organizational standards.
- Adopting the Code - Barbi Lazarus of the Toronto Vegetarian Association shares her experience adopting the CCVI and completing the audit
Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary by giving back to your community and your country and making a difference in the lives of Canadians.
The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge is a nation-wide movement led by Volunteer Ottawa in partnership with Volunteer Centres across the country.
We invite Canadians to give as much as 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Sign up today to start tracking your hours and telling your stories.