Many of the core sports, social, welfare, and community services most loved and used by Canadians are run by volunteers. Moreover, Canada's business, non-profit, corporate and co-operative laws require board membership through volunteerism.
Volunteerism, though, is changing.
It's time to recognize the heavy role that volunteers play in the Canadian economy, from coaching sports to serving on provincial and national association boards, and everything in between.
Canada should create a volunteer tax credit system whereby those who give their time receive tax abatement commensurate with their level of involvement.