Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities

Guiding Principles for Volunteer Involvement

Guiding principles keep relationships balanced between organizations and their volunteers by ensuring they are reciprocal. They also help to ensure a commitment to developing and supporting volunteer involvement that benefits both the organization and the volunteer(s).

Volunteers have rights.

Charitable and non-profit organizations recognize that volunteers are a vital human resource and will commit the appropriate infrastructure to support volunteer involvement.

  • The organization's practices ensure effective volunteer involvement.
  • The organization provides a safe and supportive environment for volunteers.

Volunteers have responsibilities.

Volunteers make a commitment and are accountable to the organization.

  • Volunteers will act with respect for the cause, the stakeholders, the organization and the community.
  • Volunteers carry out their involvement responsibly and with integrity.

Based on the 2017 Canada Code for Volunteer Involvement