Communities Introduction

To help citizens, communities, the not-for-profit sector and other stakeholders move forward with their own solutions to social and economic challenges affecting vulnerable populations in Canada, Employment and Social Development undertakes, research, policy development, knowledge mobilization and partnership development activities.

Strategic investments through programs help strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of communities and the not-for-profit sector to contribute to the well-being of children and families, seniors and other vulnerable populations.


The Government of Canada provides community-based support and funding aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness in all regions of Canada.

Official Language Minority Communities

The Enabling Fund aims to enhance the development and vitality of communities consisting of Francophones who reside outside of Quebec and English-speaking residents of Quebec.

Not-for-Profit Sector

The not-for-profit sector, in partnership with the Government of Canada, encourages citizens, charities, private-sector companies and government to work together to develop innovative solutions to complex social challenges.

Canada’s Volunteer Awards

The Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA) are about people giving of their time to make change happen in people’s lives and in communities. These awards recognize the enormous contributions that volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country make to their communities. They are about people working in partnership to find new solutions to strengthen our country.