Let’s Make Impact, Together

Discover how Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia is helping to build a more equitable Nova Scotia

IONS advocates for, supports and amplifies the shared voice and work of the community impact sector. We offer capacity building opportunities and resources to organizations making a positive impact in their communities.

What's Happening in the Impact Space

IONS Strategy and Action Plan 2023-2026

Over the past year, we have been digging into our organizational purpose, our goals and aspirations for the sector, our potential impact – and we’re so excited to share the final product with you!

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What's Happening in the Impact Space

Community Impact Sector Day of Recognition Website

The Community Impact Sector Day of Recognition is an annual event to recognize the people and work of non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia. The day is proclaimed by the Government of Nova Scotia to bring awareness and recognition to the sector and the crucial work done by so many impact organizations across the province. Check out all the details from this years event, hosted on May 12th 2023, and keep an eye out for information for next year! 

What's Happening in the Impact Space

The New Non-profit Workplace: Considerations and Solutions

Check out this great article by The Philanthropist Journal about the future of work and workplace considerations for the Community Impact Sector. IONS Executive Director, Annika Voltan, discusses retention, hybrid and remote work, trust-building, and governance as considerations for decent work practices in organizations.

What's Happening in the Impact Space

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is now Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia (IONS)

Just like any organization, IONS has experienced our share of change and restructuring as community needs evolved over the years, but especially when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, there was critical need for impact organizations across the province to step in and address the needs of vulnerable Nova Scotians.

Discover how you and your organization can benefit from IONS resources

Learn more about our current programming and services, purpose-led careers, available grants and funding for the Community Impact Sector, and access content through our comprehensive, searchable Resource Library.

Sector Services

Events & Programs



What’s Exciting at IONS 

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Sector-wide Employee Group Benefits Program 


Resisting a Rest: How Urgency Culture Polices our Work 


Community Impact Sector Network Map 

See why the Community Impact Sector is vital in creating a better future for all.

Nova Scotia’s Community Impact Sector is made up of over 6,400 impact organizations, consisting of registered nonprofits, charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs). These organizations fill gaps not covered by businesses or government, serving communities across the province through a wide range of scopes and supports. Some organizational missions include poverty reduction, advancing social inclusion, promoting health and mental wellbeing, and environmentalism. The fastest growth has been in social services and housing. Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, impact organizations have innovated as the need for programs and services increased. This diverse sector is an essential pillar in addressing systemic inequities and in creating the conditions for everyone to have the highest quality of life possible. 

Volunteer hours annually, one of the highest rates in Canada, translating to 30,000 full-time jobs.

Economic value of volunteer hours, equivalent to 3.4% of Nova Scotia’s GDP.

4.5% of Nova Scotia’s labour force works in the Community Impact Sector.


Of people working in the sector are women. The sector is more diverse than any other.

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