Looking to give back to your community? From special events, camps, programs or aquatics volunteers play an important role. Share your experience and meet your community.


If you are interested in volunteering at any one of the City’s community recreation centers, you should contact the center you are interested in directly. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory result from a Vulnerable Sector Screening for some roles.

Please note: Not all community centres offer volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are also expected to participate in one or more orientations before being permitted to volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities within Community Recreation are best suited for youth. To volunteer for the City of Toronto you must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

The City promotes a safe, welcoming, positive, inclusive environment where people are valued and respected. Volunteers are expected to be considerate, to respect people and their rights and to show proper care, as well as regard for City property and the property of others.


  • Demonstrate good leadership and interpersonal skills, while positively engaging with participants, staff and other volunteers.
  • Act in a professional, respectful and appropriate manner.
  • Take direction, follow instructions and report to City staff. (Volunteers will never be left alone with participants).
  • Remain vigilant, attentive and alert at all times.
  • Abstain from using electronic or gaming devices while volunteering.
  • Conduct themselves ethically, honestly, with integrity and diligence.
  • Adhere to City policies.

Toronto City Council has authorized the use of Vulnerable Sector Screenings (VSS) as an assessment tool when placing volunteers in Community Recreation. When volunteers are placed in a role where participants are actively engaging in recreation programs, a satisfactory result obtained from a VSS is required. The City of Toronto can only obtain VSSs for volunteers that live in Toronto. If you live outside of Toronto, you must contact your local police service and you will be responsible for all costs associated with obtaining a VSS and will not be reimbursed by the City of Toronto.

Note to Parents/Caregivers/Guardian

Your dependent will be required to sign the “Consent to Disclose” form regardless of age or ability. Please¬†ensure that your dependent understands what is being asked and consents to the disclosure.

Volunteers will receive feedback from staff on an ongoing basis. If you would like to provide feedback or simply wish to make suggestions for improvement, please speak with on site staff or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at prfvolunteers@toronto.ca.

If you require documentation on your completed volunteer hours, please let staff know in advance. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to track all hours.

Formal recognition varies by site or district.