Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 20, 2010 09:01 ET

Government of Canada Recognizes Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) - National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 18 to 24, recognizes the hard work and achievements of volunteers across the country. It serves as an opportunity for the Government of Canada to salute the valuable contribution volunteers make to our communities.

"We applaud and thank the millions of Canadian volunteers for their commitment and for giving so generously of their time to their local charity. Their work supports the well-being of individuals, families and communities, and helps create a stronger Canada," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "Their dedication is the reason our government committed to establishing a prime ministerial award for volunteerism."

The spirit of volunteerism is close to the heart of Canadians, and most Canadians are positively affected in some form by volunteering. According to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, close to 12.5 million Canadians volunteer their time to charitable and not-for-profit organizations. They contribute over 2 billion hours annually, the equivalent of more than 1 million full-time jobs.

"We know that the face of the Canadian volunteer is changing as our population ages," continued Minister Finley. "More and more seniors want to bring useful skill sets to places where they volunteer. We need to facilitate this change for the sake of Canadian seniors, and of the organizations that benefit from the help of volunteers."

Recognizing the valuable contribution made by Canada's seniors, Budget 2010 provides $10 million over two years for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Program already supports activities that ensure that seniors can continue to benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities, through active living and participation.

The enhanced funding will support, in part, projects that focus on volunteering among seniors and ensuring that today's seniors can mentor the next generation of volunteers, passing on their valuable skills. Through initiatives such as this one, the Government encourages Canadians to contribute their time, talents and energy to make their country a better place to live.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request. 

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office