Benefits of SARC Membership


Why should my CBO join the SARC network?

Become a part of a strong network of service providers and take advantage of the many opportunities throughout the year (training events, regional meetings, etc.) to come together and learn from each other.

The services offered to SARC Members are designed to encompass all aspects of running a Community-based Organization. With 50 years as a Membership Association specializing in training, consultation, services, and leadership, SARC has the track record and experience to support your organization’s commitment to service excellence.

The benefits that are included with SARC Membership are listed below. Click on the '+' for more information on each of the benefits.  Links are also included for additional details on each of the services and programs.  


  • Benefits of Membership

    Associate $660/year

    Affiliate $475/year

  • Voting Rights *
    *Associate Member Voting Rights: Allocated 1 vote for all resolutions, except they may not submit on any resolution, question, or matter relating to SARCAN Recycling (a division of SARC) or SARC’s Bylaws.
  • Ability to nominate and vote for Directors in accordance with SARC's bylaws

    For each Associate region, Associate Members may nominate and elect representative Board Directors in accordance with SARC’s bylaws.

  • SARC has a Human Resources and Labour Relations Consultant on staff to assist Associate members with HR/LR issues free of charge.

    The Labour Relations Consultant is available to assist organizations on a number of LR issues including: performance management, interpretation and application of collective agreements and legislative provisions, collective bargaining services, and more.

    The Human Resources Consultant works on provincial recruitment/retention initiatives and is available to assist Members who would like to have additional expertise on a variety of HR topics including: recruitment, organizational structure analysis and workforce planning guidance, HR policies and procedures, retention strategy development, and more.

  • SARC has a Facility Planner on staff to provide advice and support on a variety of building matters.

    This free consulting service is available to Members that are being supported by Community Living Service Delivery of the Ministry of Social Services to undertake capital projects.

  • SARC Members have access to the Online Resource Area. This resource database holds a large variety of tools, templates, and information for non-profit managers to utilize within their own organization, including an extensive HR/LR resource library and policy library.

  • Weekly Communications
    SARC distributes a regular e-newsletter to organizations and staff interested in receiving training updates, news, and blogs.
  • All SARC Members receive a special rate when purchasing SARC products and services, including registering for any training initiatives on

  • SARC's Pension Plan is a Registered Defined Contribution - Money Purchase Plan through The Co-operators. It is a matching plan with the employee contributing 4% of pensionable earnings and the employer matching that amount.

    SARC also administers a Group Benefits plan through Great West Life. Organizations can customize the plan with coverage that suits their needs and meets their budget.

  • SARC offers a Directors & Officers Liability Insurance program through Butler Buyers Insurance Ltd. In addition, we offer a Property and Liability Insurance program. Butler Byers Insurance Ltd. has designed a comprehensive Property/Liability Insurance Policy specifically designed to meet the needs of our Members, that automatically includes abuse coverage. The SARC Insurance Program can offer comprehensive limits and enhanced coverages for all participating Members at a reduced premium.

  • Lifeworks provides employees with 24/7 access to confidential support and resources. SARC has a contract with LifeWorks to provide EAP services. Access to this program is open only to SARC Members. Through group buying power, this program can be purchased through SARC at a lower rate.

For more information on these services and programs, please visit Services and Learning Central.


If you are interested in applying for SARC Membership, click here.