The Canada Service Corps (CSC) promotes civic engagement among young people from 15 to 30 years old through access to meaningful volunteer service placements that help them gain essential life skills and experience.
By empowering youth to engage in service, CSC supports a national movement to build a culture of service in Canada that encourages youth to give back to their communities through meaningful service with unique opportunities to:
- practice leadership;
- learn new skills;
- grow personal and professional networks; and
- gain valuable life experience.
CSC provides funding to organizations to support local action on federal priorities to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of communities across the country. Organizations can apply for funding through a Call for Proposals. The last Call for Proposals ended in March 2018. Check back here for information on future Calls for Proposals.
There are two streams currently funded by the CSC program.
1. Volunteer service placements
Currently over 100 organizations are delivering CSC-funded volunteer service placements across Canada. They work in a variety of areas, including:
- building an inclusive Canada;
- preserving the environment;
- promoting civic and democratic engagement;
- strengthening youth resilience; and
- potential youth-identified new themes.
Are you a youth who is ready to turn your passion into an opportunity to make a difference? Find a volunteer service opportunity here!
CSC also supports micro-grants ranging from $250 to $1,500 for youth-led projects. TakingITGlobal’s #RisingYouth program delivers the micro-grants program on behalf of the Government of Canada.
Across the country, young people are already making an impact organizing community events, creating care packages, building a collective garden and in many other ways.
As a youth, do you want to be an agent of change in your community? Apply for your micro-grant now!
History of the CSC
In January 2018, the Prime Minister and then Minister of Youth launched the design phase of the Canada Service Corps to encourage young Canadians to get involved in service to their communities. As part of the design phase, the Government of Canada worked with youth, as well as with national, regional, and local organizations.
The first phase of CSC focused on volunteer service placements led by national organizations, the delivery of micro-grants and a Call for Proposals for local and regional organizations to apply for funding to deliver youth volunteer service projects that would benefit their communities.
In May 2019, the Government of Canada expanded the CSC to provide up to 15,000 service placements for young Canadians annually by 2024, helping them gain valuable skills and leadership experience.
“Young people should have more chances to serve their communities, while gaining valuable skills and experience. That is what Canada Service Corps is all about. If we’re going to get this right, we need to hear from young Canadians. Together, let’s inspire a new culture of service in Canada and build a better country, one community at a time.”