There are over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada. 85,000 of these are registered charities (recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency).
Findings from the 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating show that Canadians across the country and in all walks of life express their kindness in a variety of ways. Over 8 in 10 (84%) donate money to charities and non-profit organizations, unchanged from 2007. Just under 5 in 10 (47%) have volunteered their time to an organization.
Canadians volunteered nearly 2.1 billion hours in 2010, the equivalent of close to 1.1 million full-time jobs2. The total number of hours remains relatively unchanged from 2007. The hours volunteered for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics represent approximately 0.7% of this total.
CANADIAN REGISTERED CHARITIES
There are about 85,000 charities registered with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. The list of Canadian registered charities includes the charity name, Business Number (BN)/ Registration number, mailing address, and designation type.
To get information about Canadian registered charities, you can:
Search the online list of registered charities.
Call the Charities Directorate toll free at 1-888-892-5667 (bilingual). For local calls in Ottawa call 1-613-954-0410 (English) or 1-613-954-6215 (bilingual).
Write to the Charities Directorate, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Ottawa ON K1A 0L5.
Charity Village, Starting a Nonprofit or Charity
With almost 150,000 registered charities and nonprofits currently operating in Canada and more and more organizations are added to the mix, groups must become increasingly creative in the planning and carrying out of their mission. Keeping this in mind, there are several questions that should be considered before you begin the process of starting your own nonprofit organization or charity.
Imagine Canada’s Nonprofit library
Canada’s largest online collection of charitable and non-profit sector resources on topics that relate to operating and managing charities and nonprofits.
Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism and has provided leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement since 1977. Volunteer Canada actively engages in research, training and other national initiatives designed to increase community participation across the country.
Alzheimer Society Canada
Alzheimer Society is a not-for-profit Canadian health organization. The three levels of the Society -- national, provincial and local -- work together to form a nationwide network of services to help Canadians affected by Alzheimer Disease.
Amnesty International Canada
Stands in solidarity with - and helps protect - individuals and communities around the world whose human rights are under attack.
Breast Cancer Foundation
Established in 1986, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is the leading national volunteer-based organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. CBCF works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for: relevant and innovative research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.
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Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
Canadian Diabetes Association
The goal of the Canadian Diabetes Association's web site is to become THE online resource for people with, and affected by, diabetes and for healthcare professionals treating those affected by the disease.
Canadian Hearing Society
Provides services that enhance the independence of deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people, and that encourage prevention of hearing loss.
Canadian Women's Health Network
Sharing information, resources and strategies, and building links to improve women's health.
Childhood Cancer foundation.
Children's Wish Foundation
Children's Wish Foundation
Council of Canadians
Canada's pre-eminent citizens' watchdog organization, comprised of over 100,000 members and more than 70 Chapters across the country. Strictly non-partisan, the Council lobbies Members of Parliament, conducts research, and runs national campaigns aimed at putting some of the country's most important issues into the spotlight.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an independent, charitable, faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need. We build simple, decent, and affordable houses and provide interest-free mortgages to families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own home.
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
We strive to be your most reliable source of heart disease and stroke information. We are also the largest non-commercial source of funds for heart disease and stroke research in the country.
Junior League of Calgary
The Junior League of Calgary is an organization committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
MannaRelief Hope program is available to children in North America who are critically ill or medically fragile. Local Champions volunteer by linking children to the program and providing ongoing support and information. Local fundraising events go directly to the children and they also help build awareness. This program of micro nutrition is based on solid science and is doing an excellent job of helping each child's body build stronger immune systems which helps improve quality of life.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Canadian Transplant Society
Founded in 2009, the Canadian Transplant Society is dedicated to furthering the goals of transplant medicine across Canada.
Our Sisters' Place
Community-based support network for women, with a focus on mood disorders associated with hormonal changes throughout the lifespan.
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Raising funds for research into the prevention, treatment and cure of prostate cancer by engaging Canadians through awareness, education, and advocacy.
Save the Children Canada
Save the Children Canada is the leading child-rights organization, working for over 80 years to improve the quality of children’s lives through the realization of their rights.
The Canadian Book of Charities
The Canadian Book of Charities is the best choice for making secure online donations to the charitable organization that is near and dear to your heart. We take pride in the fact that for the past 35 years we have been leaders in facilitating a direct link betwen donors just like you with the charities you believe in and support wholeheartedly