An Accord Between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector
The Government of Canada and the voluntary sector have a long history of working together for
the common good of Canadians. We share a commitment to improving the quality of life in Canada
and to fostering the development of vibrant, healthy communities. Our relationship is built on
a sound foundation of trust and mutual respect.
Minister and Voluntary Sector Representative
Over a year ago, we launched the Voluntary Sector Initiative, a joint
endeavour to better serve Canadians by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector and
enhancing the relationship between the voluntary sector and the Government of Canada. The Reference
Group of Ministers on the Voluntary Sector provided oversight on behalf of the Government of
Canada. A Voluntary Sector Steering Group performed a parallel function on behalf of the voluntary
sector. A key element of the Initiative has been the joint development of this Accord, a document
to guide the relationship, making it clearer, making it better.
The joint process that led to the Accord reflects the strong links
between the voluntary sector and the Government of Canada. The work of the Joint Accord Table,
which was responsible for drafting the document and consulting across Canada, was open and respectful.
The Accord itself will, we believe, encourage everyone to continue on this path.
We view the Accord as a step toward the enhancement of the relationship
between the voluntary sector and the Government of Canada. We must now take the next step and
put this agreement into practice. It will be judged a success when it results in a more effective
working relationship based on the shared values and principles outlined in the Accord.
We look forward to continuing our shared journey on the basis of this
Accord and to building the next stage of our relationship for the benefit of Canadians.
| The Honourable Lucienne
Chair, Reference Group of Ministers on the Voluntary Sector1
| Marlene Deboisbriand
Chair, Voluntary Sector Steering Group1