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New cohort of nonprofits receive the Imagine Canada accreditation

New cohort of nonprofits receive the Imagine Canada accreditation

Press release

Standards Program Trustmark

Commitment to organizational excellence attained by 21 accredited organizations


Toronto, May 31, 2022 — Imagine Canada, the umbrella organization for the charitable and nonprofit sector, is proud to welcome the latest group of 21 accredited organizations to its national Standards Program. By earning this sought-after hallmark of excellence, these organizations have demonstrated their commitment to the highest level of accountability, governance, and transparency, all the while providing stellar service to their communities.

Imagine Canada applauds these well-deserving new recipients of the Trustmark for their dedication to excellence: 

CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg

Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation

Covenant Foundation

First United Church

Sinai Health Foundation

South Winnipeg Family Information Centre

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada

In addition to the newly accredited charities, these 14 organizations are maintaining their good standing after successfully completing their re-accreditation, bringing the total number of organizations currently accredited across the country to 260:

Acclaim Health

CMHA Kelowna and District

Canadian Mental Health Association - Cariboo Chilcotin Branch

Christmas Bureau of Edmonton

Cystic Fibrosis Canada

March of Dimes Canada

Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

St. Andrew’s Residence

Stephen Lewis Foundation

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford

YWCA Metro Vancouver

“Completing the Imagine Canada accreditation requires a deep commitment by both the volunteer Board of Directors and organization’s staff,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “As we emerge from the pandemic, we’re pleased to see that nonprofits continue to prioritize strengthening their capacity to better serve the diverse needs of individuals across the country. We commend these accredited nonprofits for raising the bar on organizational excellence and contributing to building a stronger sector.”

With the effects of the pandemic still affecting communities, and inflation putting added strain on many individuals, more and more Canadians are turning to nonprofits and charities for support. The Standards Program has been specifically designed to provide a blueprint to organizations so that they can elevate their practices and have the greatest possible impact.

Organizations from coast to coast to coast, big and small, and devoted to a diverse range of worthy causes have demonstrated excellence by achieving accreditation. Recognition through Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program is a public demonstration of credibility and transparency. For the complete list of accredited organizations, please visit

About the Standards Program

Organizations participating in the Standards Program have access to a spectrum of resources at all stages of the process, such as self-assessment tools, volunteer peer advisors from accredited organizations, and online resources to strengthen practices. The peer reviewers’ assessment of policies and practices, as well as constructive feedback, contribute to elevate accountability, transparency, and sound governance practices in Canadian charities and nonprofits. 

Created by the sector for the sector, the Standards Program is the only national accreditation program that is designed for all Canadian charities and nonprofits. To earn the accreditation, organizations must demonstrate excellence in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. 

The Trustmark is a sought-after symbol of trust and excellence within the sector for funders, donors, sponsors, and supporters alike.


The Standards Program is made possible with the financial contributions from founding and presenting sponsor Canada Life; and generously supported by the Lawson Foundation.

Sponsor logos: Canada Life and Lawson Foundation


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.

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For additional information please contact:

Noéline Le Jeune

Assistant, Communications (Bilingual)