Be Part of EDC’s Community Investment Day

Host a group of volunteers on June 6 and complete a big task or special project! 

Participate in our biggest Community Investment Day yet!

Every year, Volunteer Ottawa and Export Development Canada (EDC) partner to create meaningful opportunities for EDC employees to volunteer on Community Investment Day. Our 2024 event will be the biggest event yet and is an amazing opportunity for charities and non-profits in the greater Ottawa region to complete a big task or special project and raise awareness about their mission.

Volunteer Ottawa will coordinate event registration, publicity, and logistical details. All your organization needs to do is submit an activity to Volunteer Ottawa that you can host on June 6, 2024.

The deadline to submit your activity for Community Investment Day 2024 is: March 31, 2024

Questions? Want our help brainstorming an activity? Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Ready to sign up? Use our form to submit your activity and we will contact you shortly to confirm.

About Export Development Canada (EDC)

EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create a greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment. EDC is committed to building a more equitable world and through our community investment initiatives, we aim to contribute to creating a better future. Sharing our time, talents and financial resources to help communities where we live and work is as important to our people as it is to those we serve. 

Testimonials from our 2023 Event

“It is always such a gift to have a group like this come to help! The task list here is endless and being able to cross off several jobs in one day is nothing short of amazing for us! Please remember us when you have groups large or small looking to volunteer!” 

 — Waupoos Foundation

“I wanted to pass along my sincere thanks to the EDC team for their wonderful contributions of sandwiches and Hope Packages this past Monday! Their contributions will go a long way to helping clients coming for meals, grabbing lunches for work, and in our Addiction and Trauma Services programs. Everyone worked very hard and we are so grateful to have these contributions. Thank you again!” 

 — The Ottawa Mission

“It was great for us. I hope it continues to be an annual event.” 

 — Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Investment Day 2024 will take place on June 6, 2024 from 9:00am to 4:00pm with an hour lunch break from noon to 1:00pm. Organizations can host an activity for a half day in the morning or afternoon, or run the activity in both morning and afternoon for two different groups.

Anything you need a group of volunteers to do! Activities in past years have included gardening, litter picking, sandwich making, and even working with newcomers to practice job interviews. You can also offer in-person or virtual training sessions, workshops, and presentations on issues of importance to the community. Be creative!

EDC Head Offices have some space available to set up activities. If you’re interested in holding your activity at EDC head offices, let us know.

The deadline to submit activities for Community Investment Day 2024 is end of day March 31, 2024. 

Community Investment Day will be on June 6 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Your activity can take up the morning slot (9:00 am to noon) or afternoon slot (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm). You can also run your activity twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, for two different groups.

Yes! A number of organizations regularly host several separate activities on Community Investment Day. If you have a few different project teams and the capacity to host the volunteers, you are welcome to submit multiple activities.

You decide how many participants you can reasonably accommodate. Group sizes in the past have been anywhere from 3 people to 120 people!

Once your activity is accepted and goes live, you will be kept updated on registrations. You’ll be provided with a final number before June 6, and will also receive an information package with names and contact information. Each activity will have an EDC lead on site.

EDC has set aside some funds to cover the cost of supplies. Tell us what you need and we’ll let you know what can be covered.

No, active membership with Volunteer Ottawa is not required for you to participate. You must be a charity, non-profit or community organization in the greater Ottawa area which regularly works with volunteers.

Members are, of course, welcome to participate as well!

In 2023 the event saw 600 registered participants participating in 40 activities all across Ottawa and surrounding region. Teams of EDC employees fanned out to dozens of non-profits and charities across the city, supporting children and youth, seniors, new Canadians, animals, the environment, and vulnerable populations. Other employees participated in virtual sessions, learning about Emergency Preparedness with the Red Cross, providing interview training to new Canadian job seekers, and learning more about how they can volunteer long-term with organizations across the city.

The 2023 event was extremely well-received both by EDC employees and by the local organizations who partnered with us to host volunteers.

No, Community Investment Day activities must take place on June 6, 2024. However, Volunteer Ottawa facilitates corporate group volunteering opportunities all year long through our VO Connect program! Learn more about how your organization can get involved here.

To submit your activity for June 6, 2024, please click here to fill in our intake form.

Designing your Activity

Volunteer Ottawa would love to help you design your activity! Keep reading for tips and suggestions on designing your activity for EDC Community Investment Day. If you have questions or would like to speak with us directly, please contact [email protected]