Standards Program

Strengthen your Organization. Showcase your Excellence.

The Standards Program awards accreditation to Canadian charities and nonprofits that demonstrate excellence in five areas of operations. To date, more than 200 organizations have invested in trust!

Why all the hype?

Charities and nonprofits join the Standards program to bolster trust in their organization, showcase the Accreditation Trustmark to supporters, and to be seen as leaders. Accredited organizations also tell us that the Standards Program has identified and reduced organization risk, improved board governance practises, and fostered a strong work force.

With donor expectations for accountability and transparency from charitable organizations on the rise, Imagine Canada’s accreditation program builds confidence among donors and prospective donors. The Stop is proud to be counted among organizations who have met these standards of excellence.

~ Cheryl Roddick, Director of Development, The Stop Community Food Centre

Get Started!
Join the Standards Community

Sign in and complete your Standards application

Already joined? Work at your own pace to prepare your application for peer review - a timeline of six months to a year is typical. When you are ready, your application will receive screening from program staff, followed by a submission to the peer review panel.

Follow the links below to get access to your online application, as well the online Community containing self-assessment tools, resources and volunteer coaches from accredited organizations for guidance.

Access your online
Standards Application Form
Log in to the
Standards Community


Looking for the Ethical Code? The program will be closing at the end of the year. Access it here until December 31, 2016.

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