National Engagement Strategy

The National Engagement Strategy (NES) is a multi-year initiative that began in 2009 and has involved over 2,000 individuals and 1,300 charities and nonprofits across Canada.

The overall objectives of the NES are to:

  • Strengthen the collective voice of the sector to advance common issues.
  • Create and strengthen linkages, networks, and partnerships to enhance sector effectiveness.
  • Foster knowledge exchange and innovation to build capacity.

Today, Imagine Canada continues to convene organizations across Canada on key issues, called Priorities for Action, identified through the last four years of the NES. Increasingly, we are aligning our public policy priorities with those coming out of the NES in order to make progress on the Priorities for Action.

The Priorities for Action

  1. Improved conditions for the attraction and retention of paid staff
  2. More diversified and sustainable financing
  3. Better understanding of the sector and its impact
  4. Enhanced support for organizations to engage volunteers/external talent
If you are interested in hosting an NES presentation in your community or learning more about how your organization might help to advance the Priorities for Action, please email our public policy team


Ongoing support for the National Engagement Strategy is provided by the Agora Foundation through the Margery J. Warren Endowment Fund and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation as well as by Imagine Canada, Volunteer Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and many local umbrella organizations across the country.

Our National Partners

  • agora foundation
  • great west life
  • investors group
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • Telus

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

Charitable Registration Number: 119218790 RR0001