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Imagine Canada

Strong Charities. Strong Communities.

Standards Program celebrates 5 years of strong charities with a total of 223 accredited

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
21 new charities accredited and 11 organizations have earned their reaccreditation

Imagine Canada, the umbrella for Canada’s charitable sector, today welcomed the most recent group of 21 organizations to join the growing number of charities and nonprofits accredited under its national Standards Program. We also congratulate 11 organizations who have successfully been reaccredited. This brings the total number of organizations earning this accomplishment to 223 since the Program began in 2012.

“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 public trust and confidence in the charitable sector,” says Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada. “The 223 accredited to date reflect a broad spectrum of organizations in size, scope and geography. Each one takes accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have them on board.”

Newly Accredited Organizations:

ALS Canada
Alzheimer Society of British Columbia
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
Boys and Girls Clubs Foundation of South Coast BC
Canadian Mental Health Association - Mid Island Branch
Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince George Branch
Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
Lakeridge Health Foundation
LOFT Community Services
The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT
Manitoba Museum
Moorelands Community Services
Ottawa Mission Foundation
QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation
Sunshine Coast Community Foundation
YMCA Regina

Reaccredited Organizations:

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Frontier College
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
Niagara Community Foundation
Sarnia Lambton Rebound: A Program For Youth
SickKids Foundation
Tides Canada
United Way Toronto & York Region
United Way Winnipeg
Vancouver Foundation
Victoria Foundation

See the full list of accredited organizations.

New Trustmark

We are proud to unveil a new Trustmark for the Standards Program. The refresh was done in tandem with Imagine Canada’s new visual identity with an aim of a Trustmark that resonates with Canadians and supports a message of trust and credibility at-a-glance. During the development process, Trustmark variations were tested with Canadians from different regions and demographics to ensure positive response.

The positioning line of “Strong Charities. Strong Communities.” within the Trustmark speaks to the Standards Program’s broad goal of helping organizations achieve operational excellence by building upon their strengths thus ensuring stronger communities. In addition, the new Trustmark “accredited since” date component will reflect and celebrate the year an organization was accredited.

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 reaccrediation 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.


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. 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:

Marnie Grona
Director, Marketing & Communications
416-597-2293, ext. 244

Our National Partners

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

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