Positively changing Canada

SERVING CANADA’S COMMUNITIES

This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted over 40,000 youth in over 1,100 communities across Canada.

REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE

Providing life changing mentoring experiences since 1912, Big Brothers Big Sisters was named One of Financial Post’s Top 25 Charities in 2016.

IMPROVING SOCIETY

Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.

VISION

Every Child in Canada Who Needs a Mentor, Has a Mentor.

MISSION

We commit to Canada’s young people that we will be leaders in providing them with the highest quality, volunteer based mentoring programs

IMPACT

Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.

VALUES

  • We believe the healthy development of every child is enhanced by positive, nurturing, mentoring relationships.
  • We believe in working with others to promote healthy and safe environments for children
  • We believe that collaboration between staff and volunteers in service delivery is our strength
  • We believe that all BBBS programs must maintain the highest standards to ensure positive outcomes for children and their families.
  • We believe that we must reflect the diversity of the communities we serve

Our Solution

Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.

These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.

This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.

With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. Together we mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who in turn mentor 41,700+ children and young people. That works out to nearly:

2.2 million volunteer hours each year

Each Big Brother Big Sister agency provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests.

The national organization provides services and programs to our member agencies to assist them with their work with parents, mentees, and volunteers. Ranging from staff training workshops to our leading Child Safety Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada works diligently to ensure we have superior quality programming in all parts of the country.