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New cohort of nonprofit organizations accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program

New cohort of nonprofit organizations accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program

Press release

Standards Program Trustmark

25 accredited nonprofits earn the seal of excellence donors look for during giving season 


Toronto, November 8, 2022 — Imagine Canada, the umbrella organization for the charitable and nonprofit sector, is proud to welcome the latest group of accredited nonprofits to its national Standards Program. By achieving accreditation, these organizations have proven their dedication to the highest level of accountability, governance, and transparency.

With giving season just around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity for these newly accredited organizations to display the Program’s seal of excellence, which signals to donors and the general public that the organization has met the rigorous criteria of the program, and takes good governance very seriously.

Congratulations to the newly accredited organizations for their remarkable commitment to excellence!

Abundance Canada

Ancaster Community Services

Delta Family Resource Centre

Downtown Mission of Windsor

Himalayan Life Canada

La Passerelle-I.D.É.

Let’s Talk Science

McGill University Health Centre Foundation


Regina Food Bank

The Spark of Hope Foundation

YMCA of Greater Saint John Endowment Fund Inc.

Along with the newly accredited nonprofits, 13 organizations are continuing to demonstrate excellence after successfully completing their re-accreditation, bringing the total number of organizations across the country to 273:

CMHA South Cariboo Branch

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Essex Region Conservation Foundation

Moorelands Community Services

Ottawa Humane Society

Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation

Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation

Société canadienne de la sclérose en plaques division du Québec

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation of London

Visions of Independence 

YMCA du Québec

YMCA of Southern Interior BC

“Accreditation requires a strong commitment by both the volunteer Board of Directors and the organization’s staff,” said Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “We applaud these charities and nonprofits for demonstrating high standards to strengthen their practices. The Standards Program celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and we are thrilled to see organizations continually laying the foundation for organizational excellence in our sector.“ 

The holidays are a very busy time of year for many charities across the country, with more individuals turning to nonprofit organizations for support. This year will be especially challenging, with inflation already pushing demand upward. The Standards Program is a capacity-building and risk management certification process that seeks to provide organizations with a blueprint that will elevate their governance and practices. Accreditation enables them to more effectively deliver on their missions and have the greatest possible impact.

Organizations from coast to coast to coast, big and small, and devoted to a diverse range of worthy causes have demonstrated excellence by achieving accreditation. Recognition through Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program is a public demonstration of credibility and transparency. For the complete list of accredited organizations, please visit

We congratulate all organizations on their accreditation, and extend our thanks to the dedicated volunteer peer reviewers for their outstanding contribution to this important work.

About the Standards Program

Organizations participating in the Standards 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 sound governance practices in Canadian charities and nonprofits. 

Created by the sector for the sector, the Standards Program is the only national accreditation program that is designed for all Canadian charities and nonprofits. To earn the accreditation, organizations must demonstrate excellence in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. 

The Trustmark is a sought-after symbol of trust and excellence within the sector for funders, donors, sponsors, and supporters alike.


The Standards Program is made possible with the financial contributions from founding and presenting sponsor Canada Life; and generously supported by the Lawson Foundation.

Sponsor logos: Canada Life and Lawson Foundation


Imagine Canada is a national, bilingual charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities. Through our advocacy efforts, research and social enterprises, we help strengthen charities, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs so they can better fulfill their missions. Our vision is of a strong Canada where charities work together alongside business and government to build resilient and vibrant communities.

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For additional information please contact:

Noéline Le Jeune

Coordinator, Communications (Bilingual)