Doing good pays off — Canada's Volunteer Awards recognize businesses

December 15, 2016 - Tags: Events

This guest blog post is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada, which strives to build a more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians' quality of life.

In today's business landscape, social responsibility is gaining popularity; it is not something that is done out of obligation but an integral part of a business' everyday operations.

This is because as business professionals you recognize that doing good business means more than just making a profit. It is not uncommon to see Canadian businesses taking action to make a difference in their communities.

In fact, businesses contribute to their communities in many ways. Through socially responsible activities, businesses create shared value in working with others to address social challenges. They also donate resources to other organizations and encourage employees to volunteer or make a donation to a charity.

Volunteerism is important to Canada and its economy, as well as to the vitality of the not-for-profit sector, which relies heavily on volunteers. The replacement value of volunteer work in Canada is estimated to be approximately $14 billion.

If this sounds like your business or employer, help celebrate its contributions by submitting a nomination for Canada's Volunteer Awards today.

Canada's Volunteer Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers across the country including individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses.  

This year there are 21 awards available, five of which will be awarded in the Business Leader category to recipients that demonstrate social responsibility and support the well-being of their communities in their practices, including promoting and facilitating volunteering locally, regionally and nationally.

As a Canada's Volunteer Award recipient, your organization will be able to further support positive change and initiatives by choosing a not-for-profit to receive a $5,000 grant.

For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit The call for nominations closes on February 3, 2017.

Be part of the change in your community. Nominate a volunteer today.

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