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Accreditation Process Strengthens Charities and Nonprofits

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
25 charities earn accreditation - Investing in trust, building excellence through common standards of practice

Imagine Canada, the umbrella for Canada’s charitable sector, announces the most recent group of organizations to have achieved accreditation under its national Standards Program. Twenty organizations were successfully reaccredited while five earned their accreditation for the first time, bringing the growing number of accredited organizations to 242. Among the successful organizations is the first accredited public broadcaster, BC’s Knowledge Network.

“It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation. It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build Canadians’ trust and confidence in the charitable sector,” says Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada. “The organizations accredited to date reflect a broad spectrum in size, scope and geography. Each one takes governance, accountability, and transparency very seriously. We’re proud to have them on board.”

Newly Accredited Organizations

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
  • Cobequid Health Centre Foundation
  • Knowledge Network
  • Loch Lomond Villa Foundation
  • YMCA Northumberland

Reaccredited Organizations

  • Arthritis Society
  • Autism Canada
  • Bravestone Centre
  • British Columbia SPCA
  • Canadian Feed The Children
  • CultureLink Settlement and Community Services
  • Healthy Families Healthy Futures
  • John Howard Society of Ontario
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Kidsability Foundation
  • Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation
  • PLEA Community Services Society of BC
  • Propellus
  • Reh-Fit Centre
  • Reh-Fit Foundation
  • Sarnia Community Foundation
  • The Lung Association - Ontario
  • United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick Region
  • WWF-Canada
  • YWCA Lethbridge and District

See the full list of accredited organizations.

Stronger Charities and Nonprofits

Organizations participating in the program have access to a spectrum of resources at all stages of the process, such as self-assessment tools, volunteer peer advisors from accredited organizations and online resources to strengthen practices. The peer reviewers’ assessment of policies and practices as well as constructive feedback contribute to elevate accountability, transparency and practices in Canadian charities and nonprofits. 

Our accreditation has made us accountable – to each other, to our stakeholders, and to our donors… If you have a great cause, your organization can only benefit from following best practices.” 

- Marni Brinder Byk, Executive Director, Save a Child’s Heart

Read Save a Chid’s Heart’s full testimonial: A case study: putting the heart into organizational best practices 

Standards Trustmark

About the Standards Program

The Standards Program awards accreditation to charities and nonprofits that demonstrate compliance in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. The goals of the Program are to increase organizational transparency in these areas and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole.

Term of Accreditation and Compliance

Accredited organizations are required to complete full reaccreditation on a five-year basis. Compliance during the accreditation period is monitored through an annual process that requires organizations to submit evidence demonstrating selected standards are being met. Compliance is also monitored through investigation of complaints.

The Standards Program is made possible with the financial contributions from founding and presenting sponsor Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life; funded by the Lawson Foundation; Supporters and Friends EY.

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Additional information about the Standards Program is available at imaginecanada.ca/standards.


Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. Our three broad goals are to strengthen the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other, and build the sector’s capacity to succeed.


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For further information:

Julie Lebel

Manager, Strategic Communications

416-597-2293, ext. 319


Our National Partners

  • great west life
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • investors group

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

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