Five photos of different volunteers and groups

Volunteer Screening


"Each one should use whatever gift we have received to serve others,

faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms."

1 Peter 4:10


Interested in Volunteering For an Archdiocese Mission or Parish Ministry?

Volunteering for the Archdiocese of Toronto/Parish is a rewarding way to serve and contribute to your community, grow and share your faith, socialize, and further connect with your church family through the sharing of the precious gifts of your time and talents.

How To Get involved:

Those interested in serving should contact their local church pastor and/or ministry leader for consideration and to: discuss potential opportunities, review ministry position requirements, and discuss the mandatory Archdiocese volunteer screening process: Strengthening Our Caring Community.

Before Volunteering Can Begin:

Strengthening Our Caring Community was mandated by Cardinal Collins over 20 years ago as part of the larger Archdiocese Safe Environment policy, implemented for the safety and care of our community and all who participate and engage in our parishes and programs. 

All ministry positions are assigned a “High” or “General” risk level based on responsibility, participant vulnerability, and volunteer exposure to which the volunteer screening process directly supports. Outlined below are the mandatory screening steps that all applicants must successfully complete before they can be accepted into ministry and become an active Archdiocese/Parish volunteer.  

Mandatory Screening Steps:

General Risk:

  1. Application Form
  2. Ministry Position Description Review
  3. Orientation & Training (Code of Conduct, AODA, Parish & Ministry)
  4. Volunteer Acknowledgement and Agreement Form

High Risk (Positions of Trust):

  1. Application Form
  2. Interview
  3. Reference Check
  4. Criminal Records Check (annual declaration and new check every 5 yrs).
  5. Orientation & Training (Code of Conduct, AODA, Parish & Ministry)
  6. Volunteer Acknowledgement and Agreement Form

*Volunteers agree to ongoing evaluation, feedback and review to ensure continual best fit.

*Persons may be prohibited from volunteering due to: age, criminal record, induction into Catholic Faith, performance, education and/or theology experience.


“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

 Proverbs 11:25