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Introducing HR Intervals: a free HR toolkit for nonprofit professionals

Introducing HR Intervals: a free HR toolkit for nonprofit professionals

Press release

In collaboration with sector organizations, Imagine Canada is proud to debut HR Intervals - a new and entirely free human resources toolkit specifically designed for nonprofit professionals.

With the pandemic disrupting the sector’s workplace practices, adding significant stress on the people working in organizations and driving increased demand for services and programs, accessing HR best practices and resources is more crucial than ever for nonprofits. More than 2.4 million individuals work for charities and nonprofits in Canada, the majority of whom are women. Our sector relies on talent to craft and deliver essential and innovative services to help our communities thrive. Yet most organizations don’t have an HR department or access to the information and resources they need to perform HR functions at their organizations.

Attracting and retaining talent is a challenge in our sector, a reality that the pandemic has only amplified. The health crisis of the past 20 months has also shifted how organizations operate and introduced new challenges and opportunities related to work culture. Since the HR Council services were retired in 2018, our sector has not had access to free resources to help leaders better understand, address, and guide people management in their organizations. HR Intervals comes to fill that gap,” said Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada.

Created by and for the sector, the new toolkit builds off assets from the former HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector with an updated and reimagined set of resources which include articles and templates. The content, which is accessible in both French and English, has been adapted and updated by a team of nonprofit based HR professionals and reviewed from an equity and inclusion lens. 

Specifically developed for managers, employees and board members who perform HR functions at nonprofit organizations, the collection of educational and practical materials reflects the sector’s unique and evolving needs related to HR management. In addition to the content currently available, new resources will be added to on a regular basis. The content included for the initial launch of the toolkit includes resources and best practices in the areas of selection, recruitment and onboarding; performance management; workplace wellness; HR policies; job descriptions; strategic HR planning, as well as employment equity and decent work. 

Visit to access the free HR toolkit resources and sign up for updates about the service. Additional sections are expected to be added throughout 2022 covering the following topics: compensation and benefits; non-standard employment relationships; learning, training & development; and employment legislation.


This project wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of our Launch Partners: CIBC, The Co-operators Group Limited, Silent Partner Software, Community Foundations of Canada, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Grosso Hooper Law, and BarterPay®. Thank you for supporting educational and actionable HR resources for nonprofits. We are also grateful for the support and dedication of our team of volunteers and contributors. 


For additional information please contact:
Émilie Pontbriand
Manager, Marketing and External Relations 

About Imagine Canada 

Imagine Canada is a national, bilingual charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities. Through our advocacy efforts, research and social enterprises, we help strengthen charities, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs so they can better fulfill their missions. Our vision is of a strong Canada where charities work together alongside business and government to build resilient and vibrant communities. | Twitter: @ImagineCanada | Facebook: