An Accord Between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector
Message from the Prime Minister
Throughout their history, Canadians have worked together to build a strong, just, inclusive and
caring society. The result of our efforts is a country like no other, a welcoming nation that
recognizes diversity, and believes in sharing opportunity as well as prosperity.
Today, more than ever before, Canada depends on the combined strength of its private, public
and voluntary sectors. While each of these contributes to our quality of life and deserves recognition,
we are showcasing today the special value of the voluntary sector. A sector that engages Canadians
across the country in the life of their communities, providing services and giving voice to
shared concerns. A sector that is, in short, essential to our collective well being.
The Government of Canada and the voluntary sector have long worked side-by-side. Now, the
Accord between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector marks the launch of a new era
of co-operation and respect.
I believe that this Accord is the blueprint for a strong and vibrant relationship between
the voluntary sector and the Government of Canada. As such, it will show us how we can continue
to work together to build a better country. This has always been the Canadian Way, and it is
a tradition our government is proud to carry into the 21st century.