Volunteers are crucial to many not-for-profit and public organizations. All not-for-profits have volunteers – even if it is just at the Board of Director level. There is widespread awareness that the training standards for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) apply to both volunteers and staff in the organization. But what about the accessibility standard for employment? Is it applicable to volunteers?
Over eight months in 2010, the Ontario government consulted with not-for-profit organizations and their representatives on ways that the government could better support the NFP sector. "Participants advised on legislation, policies, structural issues and funding mechanisms. They also contributed ideas on how to better coordinate policy, research and communication with and for the sector."