VO Membership Eligibility and Policies

Organization Membership

Membership with Volunteer Ottawa is intended for charities, non-profits, community groups, and associations who would like to recruit volunteers and access Volunteer Ottawa’s education and resources. 

Who is eligible?

  • Registered non-profits and charities based in, or with an office in, Ottawa and region 
  • Community groups and grassroots organizations based in Ottawa and region 
  • Government services who work with volunteers in Ottawa and region 
  • Any organization that has:
    • a structured volunteer program or acknowledgement within the agency’s/organization’s service delivery plan of the role of volunteers and volunteerism. 
    • volunteer positions within the agency/organization that directly support and are of benefit to the clients of the organization.

Who is not eligible?

  • For-profit organizations who do not meet the special for-profit requirements*
  • Political parties or campaigns
  • Individuals recruiting volunteers for support or personal projects
  • Organizations pursuing purposes or activities that are against the law

Go to Organization Membership page:

* For-profit organizations can become Volunteer Ottawa members if they are providing a program not part of their for-profit services and filling a community need. Volunteer positions within the organization must directly support and be of benefit to the clients of the organization. For-profit LTC Homes must also be accredited by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA).

Individual Membership

Individual membership is designed VO supporters and for individual non-profit staff whose employer is not an Organization Member. It does not include access to VO’s volunteer recruitment tools.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals whose employer is not a VO member but who wish to access some VO member benefits  
  • Individuals who want to support volunteerism in Ottawa 
  • Individuals interested in helping to steer the direction of Volunteer Ottawa through voting at the Annual General Meeting

Go to Individual Membership page:

Non-Members: Volunteer Accounts

Volunteer accounts are always free and never expire. This account type is intended for people interested in volunteering in the greater Ottawa region and allows the user to apply for volunteer roles at hundreds of local organizations.

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone residing in Ottawa, temporarily in Ottawa, or planning to be in Ottawa in the future is welcome to create a free volunteer account.

Who is not eligible?

  • Volunteer Ottawa is not able to sponsor people to come to Canada for volunteering or other reasons.

Sign up for a free volunteer account: