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 Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country.

The goal is to have Canadians give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge will engage tens of thousands in making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Volunteerism is a movement to benefit community and serve the common good without financial gain. Volunteerism can be formal or informal. See the definition of volunteering.

Formal volunteering takes place as part of a non-profit organization’s activities like canvassing for funds; providing advice, counselling or mentoring; visiting seniors; preparing and delivering food; serving as volunteer drivers; advocating for social causes; coaching children or serving on boards and committees.Informal volunteering are those actions that benefit people outside the family or household. Canadians are known for helping our neighbours, random acts of kindness like shovelling a sidewalk or buying someone’s coffee in the line up behind us. We organize community activities, like BBQs or litter clean-ups.

To register for the Challenge, track your volunteer hours, tell your volunteer stories and create your volunteer profile click here and use our unique Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge platform and mobile app.

Those who have contributed the most hours in each province and territory will be invited to Ottawa to be recognized in a ceremony in early 2018. Special recognition will be awarded to “New Canadian 150 for 150 Volunteer”, “Aboriginal 150 for 150 Volunteer”, “Youth 150 for 150 Volunteer” and “Senior 150 for 150 Volunteer”.

Volunteers are at the heart of Canadian communities.  Volunteering creates a positive ripple effect transforming the lives of the people who volunteer and the people who benefit. To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada, we invite all Canadians to give 150 hours of their time during 2017 and give back to their community and their country.