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2017-19 ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Program


The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) is launching a new call for proposals for the ChangeTheWorld Youth Volunteer Program (CTW program).

Volunteers play a vital role in building a civil society in Ontario. The CTW program was created in response to the province’s declining rate of volunteers. The program reflects the government’s commitment to support the not-for-profit (NFP) sector by enhancing the sector’s volunteer base through the engagement of youth in volunteer activities.

MCI is seeking applications for projects that enhance the engagement of youth, aged 12 to 18, in volunteer activities by providing meaningful experiences. Funding is available for projects of up to 18 months commencing before the end of 2017. Projects may include activities which take place throughout the year to promote continued volunteering.


Deadline for applications has passed.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Organizations

NFP organizations based in Ontario and that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for project funding:

  • Have been incorporated for at least two years;
  • Have an elected governing Board of Directors;
  • Have bylaws that outline procedures for reporting and accounting to their membership or the public for the organization’s operations and performance;
  • Satisfy MCI that adequate governance structures and accountability processes are in place, to properly administer and manage public funds and to carry out the project consistent with the terms of the Transfer Payment Grant Agreement; and
  • Satisfy MCI that relevant, accurate, and timely financial reporting practices are in place and audited financial statements are available.

Program Guidelines and Sample Application

ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Program Application Guide

Information Session

Interested applicants are invited to attend an information session by teleconference. The information sessions will offer an overview of the goal and objectives of the program as well as provide an opportunity to pose questions. To register please RSVP at changetheworld@ontario.ca. Sessions will be held on:

July 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. - English
July 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. - French

Questions may be directed to changetheworld@ontario.ca. Comments on individual project ideas cannot be offered.

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Last updated: July 20, 2017