We work with a variety of community partners to develop and implement projects that meet community needs.

Partnering with us will provide your organization with volunteers who are highly motivated and keen to engage in new learning opportunities.
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New or current partner?

Post volunteer opportunities via the Community Engagement Navigator.
Community Engagement Navigator

We work with over 600 local, national and international community partners, 300 per term on average. Our current community partners include:

  • not-for-profit organizations 
  • sections and units in all types of government, public and broader public sector entities (including public school boards and schools) 
  • faculties, departments, services, centres, student associations and clubs affiliated with the University of Ottawa 
  • other universities and colleges
  • social enterprises

Please note that private sector businesses and organizations are not eligible. 

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“Our program of online tutoring in French couldn’t function well without dedicated student volunteers from the University of Ottawa.”

Nicole Redford

— Canadian Parents for French

Our student volunteers will make you better at what you do, whether in front-line services, communications, research or capacity building. Placements can be done in person or virtually. Here are some areas where we can support you.

  • Providing front-line services to children, youth, seniors, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ communities and others 

  • Performing administrative tasks, such as preparing briefing notes and correspondence  

  • Providing bilingual support in answering general questions from the public by email or phone 

  • Drafting surveys and collating data collected 

  • Creating play-based and educational activities and facilitating access to school supplies online 

  • Developing public educational resources for target groups 

  • Providing second-language learning tutoring support 

  • Helping develop strategies and planning tools for marketing, communication, social media and outreach (e.g., awareness campaigns, educational material and presentations)  

  • Planning or facilitating events, conferences and large-scale activities  

  • Helping implement fundraising strategies, look for sponsors and draft grant applications 

  • Preparing or translating website content  

  • Helping design and implement projects or program components (e.g., community gardens, reforestation projects)  

  • Preparing draft planning strategies and business plans  

  • Drafting terms of reference for program evaluations and taking part in the evaluation process  

  • Helping develop policies and procedures (e.g., occupational health and safety, human resources)  

  • Gathering and collating data and statistics  

  • Conducting analyses and reporting on sector-specific contexts, issues, practices and programming (e.g., health promotion, coaching, nutrition, environmental sustainability) 

  • Conducting literature reviews on specific topics (e.g., international development, environment, health) and making recommendations in reports or presentations 

Community Service Learning (CSL) is a credited educational experience that (1) is conducted as part of a course, during which (2) students participate in structured volunteer activities designed to meet community needs and (3) critically reflect on their in-community placement learning, to develop a better understanding of class materials and their field of study. 

Read more about CSL

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT is a pilot initiative of the University of Ottawa implemented in collaboration with two networks —the Centre for Social Enterprise Development and the Coopérative de développement régional Outaouais-Laurentides/Pôle d’économie sociale Outaouais. During the fall 2022 and winter 2023 semesters, it will support over 25 social enterprises in the Ottawa-Gatineau region through group projects. The initiative aims to allow groups of students to obtain concrete experience by carrying out projects or mandates for social enterprises.

Read more about the SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT Initiative.

Extracurricular volunteering (EV) takes place during students’ personal time and is not part of any course. EV opportunities are available to the entire student community (unlike CSL, which is only available to students enrolled in courses that have a CSL component). Volunteer opportunities are promoted throughout the year. However, more students are available during the academic year, which runs from early September to mid-April. 

Every year, University of Ottawa students have the opportunity to take part in three environmental projects in the National Capital Region focusing on habitat restoration, environmental education or community gardens.  

As a community partner in the TD Environmental Leaders program, you: 

  • Submit a proposal for a project that is meaningful to your organization, and request up to $5,000 in funding for project materials 

  • Recruit a team of students to help plan and implement your project 

  • Work with a multidisciplinary team that offers you varied points of view 

  • Mentor a team of students, exposing them to your area of expertise and educating them about your environmental issue 

To initiate an application for funding under the TD Environmental Leaders Program, email us

  • Contribute to their education by giving them the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve learned in class.
  • Give advice to help them carry out their duties and provide feedback on their performance. 
  • Sign off on volunteer hours performed and complete a short online evaluation of their work.