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If you are new to York Region, volunteering is a great way to meet other people, learn about the community and get some hands-on experience.

If you are new to Canada, sometimes it is easier to get a job that requires Canadian experience if you volunteer in your community. Volunteering lets you gain local work experience while practising your English language skills and can sometimes lead to paid employment.

Everyone benefits from volunteering. Volunteers gain valuable work experience and organizations gain a volunteer to help them contribute to the community.


For more information about volunteering in York Region and Ontario:

  • Community Information and Volunteer Centre-York Region (CIVICYork) - provides an online database of hundreds of volunteer opportunities across York Region searchable by community or interest.
  • United Way York Region - United Way of York Region provides volunteer opportunities within York Region. By donating time and help, volunteers strengthen neighbourhoods and improve the lives of many across York Region
  • Charity Village - website for the non-profit sector, with news, jobs, resources and links.
  • Professional Networks for Immigrants has a directory for internationally-trained professionals listing opportunities to develop professional relationships and networks.
  • Volunteer Canada - supports volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs and special projects.