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.

SARC is always working towards adding more benefits of Membership in order to better support our Members.  Learn more about the new COMPASS Training Package, where eligible SARC Members can take SARC training at no cost!

The benefits that are included with SARC Membership are listed below. Links are 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.

  • 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. SARC's Insurance Program can offer comprehensive limits and enhanced coverages for all participating Members at a reduced premium.

  • SARC offers a Directors & Officers Liability Insurance program through Butler Buyers Insurance Ltd. This program includes Legal Assistance which provides unlimited access to legal advice, free of charge.  Usage of this coverage does not affect the annual premiums and the Insurance Company encourages the use of the coverage as they see this as a Risk Management tool.


  • SARC 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'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.

  • All SARC Members receive a special rate when purchasing SARC products and services, including registering for any training initiatives on

  • *All Regular and Associate Members, as well as Affiliate Members with CLSD funding, are eligible to take Med Assist, PART, TLR, Leap, and ELEVATE at no cost with COMPASS.  Learn more: 

  • SARC Members have access to the online Manager Resource Area. This resource database holds a large variety of tools, templates, and information for nonprofit 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.

  • 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.