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 at IONS

Doing More with Less: Positive Results of a Four-day Work Week in the Sector

Ideas and Implementation: A four-day work week can have a significant impact on recruitment, retention, and wellbeing in the Community Impact Sector. It contributes to burnout prevention, improved work-life balance, and offers extra space for people to rest or find other income streams to offset wage inequities. We’ve pulled together a set of tangible steps, actions, considerations, templates, and resources for those interested in getting started.

IONS Ideas Blog

Quiet Quitting or Loudly Advocating? A Gen Z’s Guide to Knowing Your Worth

“Entry level position, 5 years’ experience, post-secondary education required: $15/hour” – how often have you seen this?

Communications Coordinator, Haley Moriarity discusses some of the realities of entering the workforce as a young person, walks through myths that might stop you from asking for more, and tangible ways you can advocate for yourself when things get hard.

What's Happening in the Impact Space

Diversity beyond HR: Applying a DEI lens to procurement

Check out this great article by The Philanthropist Journal about diversifying procurement.

IONS takes an intentional approach to ensuring that the organization seeks diverse suppliers.

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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