Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are integral to the success of WSPS and the health and safety system in Ontario.

WSPS has made a promise to put health and safety solutions within reach of every employee and employer in the province. With 164,000 businesses and 4.0 million employees needing our support, WSPS relies on a strong volunteer network to fulfill this promise.

Our Volunteers Make a Difference

With commitment and passion, WSPS volunteers act as safety advocates and champions throughout Ontario. By sharing their skills, abilities, knowledge and influence, our volunteers help to further our mission and vision and develop cultures of safety in their own homes, workplaces, cities and towns. Their contributions are well recognized within WSPS and among the province's health and safety system partners.

In 2015 alone, WSPS volunteers:

  • delivered 437 volunteer programs and presentations,
  • reached 13,063 students with health and safety information during the delivery of Health & Safety Awareness Presentations,
  • contributed 10,092 volunteer hours; an approximate cost savings of $252,722.

WSPS Volunteers in Action

As a WSPS volunteer you'll play an important role within your community, delivering one or more of the following programs:

Health & Safety Awareness Presentation (HSAP)

Volunteer to deliver Health and Safety Awareness Presentations (HSAP) to vulnerable workers in schools or other community organizations (e.g. employment centers, immigration centres, training centers, etc.).

All volunteers delivering HSAP are required to have an up-to-date police clearance report. Learn more about HSAP and its goals.

Mentor Connect

Volunteer as a Mentor to individuals from small businesses to support their growth and development as an Ontario health and safety professional. Work closely with them to develop their strengths and generate workable solutions in a mutually respectful manner.

A minimum monthly commitment of 1-3 hours will be required of volunteers in this role. Learn more about Mentor Connect and its goals.

Event Support

Assist the WSPS events team with the planning, coordination and delivery of WSPS events, including regional and national conferences.

Since most event support volunteers also sit on the regional/national events committees, recruitment for this particular program is done on an as needed basis.

Good Neighbour Community

As an experienced volunteer and health and safety professional, the Good Neighbour program enables you to provide guidance and leadership to small businesses in your community. Equipped with specific small business marketing materials and resources, you will proactively raise awareness on WSPS marketing campaigns and system blitzes.

A minimum one (1) year commitment is required and all volunteer hours and interactions related to this program are to be recorded and reported on a monthly basis.

Volunteer Advisory Group (Agricultural Sector)

This committee discusses health and safety issues, concerns and protocols as it relates to the agricultural sector.

Volunteers chosen to join this group are generally recruited from existing regional farm safety associations.

Volunteer Council

Our Volunteer Council helps guide the procedural processes of the Volunteer Engagement Department of WSPS. Members of this committee play an important role in ensuring the WSPS volunteer program is running efficiently and effectively.

Volunteer Council members are recruited from the existing volunteer base.


Volunteer Enrichment Days 2018 in review

On May 29 and 30, WSPS volunteers from across the province participated in our annual Volunteer Enrichment Days 2018. Over 80 people congregated at WSPS' Head Office in Mississauga to deepen their connection to the organization, the volunteer mandate, health and safety and each other..

Volunteer Council Chair Steve Hinds opened the event, thanking volunteers for their dedication and boasting of the strength and success of the WSPS volunteer program.

"At current count, we have 322 active program volunteers. Our program is thriving and strong. Collectively we give our time, energy, expertise and enthusiasm to each and every volunteer opportunity and because of us, workplaces are becoming safer. Our efforts to deliver health and safety messages to communities across the province are vitally important to the success of WSPS' mandate and significantly contribute to the lives of Ontario workers. I'm extremely proud of the work we do and hope you feel the same."

Volunteer Enrichment Days 2018