Canada Service Corps -Youth Service Opportunities Stream

The Government of Canada is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Canada Service Corps for projects under the Youth Service Opportunities Stream - Local and Regional Scale Projects.

Deadline: March 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Objective of the CFP

The objective of this CFP is to fund organizations to promote the civic engagement of youth. Projects will create opportunities for organizations to engage youth in committed service opportunities that address community needs across a wide spectrum of issues and themes important to young Canadians. Themes could include, but are not limited to: building an inclusive Canada, preserving the environment, promoting civic and democratic engagement and strengthening youth mental health. Funding under this CFP will ensure representation and availability of committed service opportunities to all youth across Canada, including those in rural and remote areas.

This CFP also includes a sub-stream focused on the reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis peoples. Projects under this sub-stream will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn about reconciliation and decolonization. These projects will also identify and address a social issue in the community, allow youth to develop mutual understanding, and establish and maintain mutually-respectful relationships

Eligible Projects

Each of the following requirements must be met for projects to be considered eligible for funding:

  • All required documents must be submitted with the Application for Funding. For a list of required documentation, please see Apply/Checklist.
  • Projects must end no later than March 31, 2020.
  • A minimum of ten service opportunities per year must be created for young Canadians.
  • Each service opportunity must last a minimum of three months and involve at least 120 hours of service.
  • Funding requested to ESDC cannot exceed $500,000 annually up to a maximum of $1,000,000 over the funding period (funding is limited and subject to ESDC's yearly budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament).
  • In most cases, administrative costs should not exceed 10% of ESDC's total contribution.
  • Projects must clearly demonstrate how they will:
    • develop innovative and effective strategies to reach out and engage youth, including underrepresented youth groups;
    • involve youth in the co-creation and validation of meaningful service opportunities that could extend beyond end of the project; and,
    • respond to priorities and issues identified within the community.
  • Additionally, projects under the reconciliation-focused sub-stream must:
    • support service opportunities which involve bringing together First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and non-Indigenous youth to learn about reconciliation and decolonization, identify and address a social challenge in the community, develop mutual understanding, and establish and maintain mutually-respectful relationships

Information sessions

Information sessions will be offered to present details about this CFP.

Date: February 7, 2018

  • French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST
  • Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Date: February 21, 2018

  • French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
  • English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST
  • Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Provincial Volunteer Awards 2018 Nominations

The deadline for the Provincial Volunteer Awards, February 16th, 2018 is now less than 2 weeks away. Have you sent in your nomination yet?

To nominate a special YOUTH or FAMILY for this award be sure to fill out the online nomination form and send in all the required letters/photos before February 16th.

The link to the online YOUTH nomination form is

The link to the online FAMILY nomination form is

You can start a nomination and return to it at a later time as long as you log on using the same device.

For more details please visit;

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time at or 902-220-7380

CSCNS welcomes Jessica Farrell as the new Cape Breton Convenor

CSCNS welcomes Jessica Farrell as the new Cape Breton Convenor

Jessica Farrell has been working with non-profit organizations in a communications and community engagement capacity for nearly a decade. She has an MBA in Community Economic Development, and has worked with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, Brasd'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association and Dalhousie University. Jessica has built a strong network of non-profit and community stakeholders across Cape Breton and is enthusiastic about helping to build strong and vibrant communities in her region.

Recruiting for a Diverse Board

Recruiting for a Diverse Board

Laurie Cook (CSCNS) and Sobaz Benjamin (iMove Arts Association) will be on hand at the Halifax Volunteer Conference (Nov 17-18, 2017) to deliver a workshop titled "Recruiting For a Diverse Board"

Greater diversity on non-profit boards leads to greater effectiveness. What recruitment strategies are you using to ensure diversity of geography, community representation, skillsets and experience in the volunteer sector? What does diversity mean to your board? This interactive workshop will explore the benefits of diversity and assessing your board to aid you in recruitment and succession planning.

Celebrate Women's History Month

October is Women’s History Month in Canada! It’s a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life.

Make your mark

When women and girls bring their passion, energy and talents to everything they do, there is no stopping them!

Looking back over the past 150 years since Confederation, countless women have done exactly that: harnessed their power, found their voice, and claimed their place in our country’s proud history.

Because of their efforts and those of the many women who have followed in their footsteps, we’ve made amazing strides toward gender equality and women’s empowerment over the past 150 years. But there is still more work to do: barriers still exist, and sexism and discrimination continue to impact and shape the lives of too many Canadians.

Change is possible, but we can’t do it alone.

As we look to the future, we must lift each other up so that everyone has the chance to claim their place and reach their full potential. Together, we can create a Canada where every woman and girl has the chance to let her unique power shine through and make her mark.


Today, women, girls, men, and boys continue the quest for equality and inclusion in all areas of Canadian life.

Honour their actions and celebrate the courageous women and girls who inspire you to #ClaimYourPlace.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace and share photos, videos and words of inspiration. Share your stories of finding your voice on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tell the world how you #ClaimYourPlace!

Our Community's Voice

Nova Scotia's community sector addresses the importance of collaboration, the impact that results and how it strengthens the community sector's overall voice.

Wendy Johnston(Northern Region Convenor) and Dana Perry(Valley Region Convenor) have put together "Our Community's Voice" with the cooperation of numerous people in Nova Scotia's community sector.  The video was shown at the recent Many Hands Many Voices conference in Cape Breton.  We encourage others to use/share this story as a tool to help others understand the importance of the community sector and its contribution to the betterment of life in Nova Scotia.

Storytelling-Many Hands Many Voices Oct 3-4, 2017

At the upcoming Many Hands Many Voices Conference (Oct 3-4) in Membertou, Cape Breton various stories of collaboration will be featured.  Some of the storytellers are highlighted here.


Many Hands Many Voices Conference Registration is Open

October 3-4, 2017, Nova Scotia NGO's, community sector volunteers, staff and supporters will gather in Membertou, Cape Breton, NS for the Many Hands, Many Voices Conference.  We, the staff of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia hope you will join us for this gathering.

You can register at the Many Hands, Many Voices Conference website:



Halifax Pride 2017

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia's staff wishes everyone a safe and positive experience celebrating Pride this year.  Halifax's Pride parade will include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who made the following comments;

“It’s something I take very seriously to engage with citizens celebrating our extraordinary diversity in this country,” Trudeau said. “[It’s] not just diversity of backgrounds, but it’s a diversity of everything that makes us different as Canadians and that includes standing up strongly for the rights of the LGBT2Q community.”

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia couldn't agree with you more.


Many Hands, Many Voices: Working Together For Stronger Communities

Many Hands Many Voices | Coming Soon Many Hands, Many Voices – Working Together For Stronger Communities

Many Hands Many Voices Conference

October 3-4, 2017

Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

Cape Breton, NS




The Community Sector of Nova Scotia will be holding its AGM this year on June 22nd at 1:00 via Zoom. This year's AGM will be a simple business meeting. The Community Sector Council invites you to join us for our larger event, our Many Hands Many Voices conference on Oct 3-4 in Membertou. If you would like to join us for our AGM or would like a copy of our 2016-17 annual report, please contact the CSCNS at or phone 902 492-4585.

Time: Jun 22, 2017 1:00 PM Halifax

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,678233448# or +16465588656,678233448#

Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 678 233 448
    International numbers available:

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence-A Nova Scotia Resource

Ending sexual violence, and making this world a better place for those who have survived sexual violence, is a collective effort. In taking this training you are demonstrating your commitment to these goals. Thank you!

This training is designed to help you learn more about sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it. It is for service providers, friends, family members, neighbours, teachers, first responders, counselors, and anyone who is acting as a support person, or is concerned about sexual violence.

Click HERE to take this FREE course.

CSCNS Receives 211 Nova Scotia's 2016 Believers Award

Congratulations to the Community Sector Council-NS, recipient of 211 Nova Scotia's 2016 Believers Award. We’re honored to express our gratitude to the Community Sector Council for their support of 211 service in Nova Scotia.

The design of the 211 Believers Award is intended to simulate a flame in recognition of our original believers who, having been presented with the spark of an idea called “211”, cared enough to put their efforts behind creating a spark that has since grown in a flame representing 211 service.

The award is given to an organization or an individual who has demonstrated leadership in their belief of, and support for, 211 and who, through that leadership, has contributed significantly to its growth and sustainability.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the non-profit sector through the provision of information and education. In 2016, the council sponsored a series of informational workshops around the Province for the purpose of informing the sector about the work that 211 does. An important outcome of these workshops for our association was the opportunity to survey the sector on the value of 211 to the work that community organizations do. We were very pleased to find as a result of our survey, that 211 is contributing important value to the work of Nova Scotia’s non-profit sector.

In 2017, the Council and 211 will be partners in hosting a provincial conference for the non-profit sector. This conference will provide us with an opportunity to build important relationships and to launch a new improved version of our GoodNS volunteer opportunity website, which we feel will help the non-profit sector’s by encouraging greater levels of volunteerism in communities throughout the Province.

Thank you Ms. Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director of the Community Sector Council, for attending our AGM today to accept this very deserving award in recognition of the Council’s efforts in 2016 to support the 211 service.

April 2017 is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia would like to recognize the work that many of our non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia do to address the issue of sexualized violence. Listed are several resource and service centres from across the province

Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association (SASA) 
(902) 863-6221

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
(902) 422-4240

Colchester Sexual Assault Centre
(902) 897-4366 

Pictou County Women's Resource and Sexual Assault Centre
(902) 755-4647


2017 CSCNS Conference Input Survey

"Many Hands, Many Voices: Working Together for Stronger Communities"
October 3-4, 2017

We need your input... The conference design team has come up with five key theme areas for the conference through initial consultation with the sector. In order to test these theme areas, within the context of collaboration, we need your feedback to further develop a strong and impactful agenda.

The following survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete.  All respondents will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a copy of "Happy, Healthy Nonprofit" by Beth Kanter.

To take part in the survey (which we would truly appreciate) please click HERE.