Taking the Accord Forward: The First Report to Canadians on
Implementing An Accord Between the Government of Canada and the
Background Paper: Voluntary Sector Implementation
The Accord and the Codes of Good Practice have the potential to profoundly
change relations between the voluntary sector – made up of citizens
organized for the public good – and Canada’s federal government.
Used wisely and with the whole-hearted support of both sectors,
these tools can significantly enhance the sectors’ ability to
work together successfully for the benefit of Canadians. Moreover,
they have the potential to establish the voluntary sector as the
“third pillar” of Canadian society – an equal partner with the
federal government and the private sector.
There’s no question that we’ve done some good groundwork over
the past year, building awareness and tools, and putting in place
key governance structures. That being said, the challenge we face
over the next 18 months is to translate the values, principles
and practices of the Accord and Codes into the day-to-day interactions
between the Government of Canada and the many and diverse organizations
that make up the voluntary sector. A lot is riding on what we
do. Without adequate resources and the strongest possible commitment
from both sectors, there is a very real risk that – in the end
– this will be a great idea that never really amounted to much.
Let’s not let that happen – let’s turn “potential” into reality.
The Voluntary Sector Forum