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Make a positive impact on your life and the lives of others. Volunteering is a wonderful way to stay active, connect with people, and develop your leadership skills and knowledge while making a difference in your community.

What is the Corporate Volunteer Program?  

This program lets you give back to the community in a meaningful way. This program is powered by you! You decide how and where you want to give back.

If you already volunteer with a community partner, or simply want to start volunteering with the City of Kingston, let us know.

We’ve outlined details below to support you in selecting areas and initiatives that may be of interest to you, and which would benefit greatly from your contributions as a volunteer.

Volunteers get free police checks!

Ontario is making it easier to volunteer by eliminating fees for police record checks for volunteers.

A clear Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Background Check from Kingston Police is required for all our Volunteer Opportunities. You can get your CPIC online through Kingston Police website; however, we encourage you to go in-person to secure your CPIC free of charge at 705 Division Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 4C2.

  • For the purposes of CPIC applications, those under the age of 16 are not able to provide consent; consent must be provided by a parent or legal guardian
  • Therefore, applicants under the age of 16 are not able to submit an online application and must submit a manual record check application
  • During the application process, the applicant and their parent/legal guardian will be required to attend Kingston Police at 705 Division Street in person
  • The parent or legal guardian must supply one piece of photo identification and one piece of non-photo identification
  • The young person must also supply an acceptable form of non-photo identification, as well as a photo Student Card or passport

Current volunteer opportunities

Volunteers play a vital role for our community on behalf of the municipality. Every year, volunteers and placement students dedicate hundreds of hours to making our events and programs a success! 

Check out some of our volunteer opportunities below. We can work with you to find the right fit, as you may need some training depending on the role and responsibilities.

YGK Airport Welcome Team Program

Welcome Team volunteers help passengers feel welcomed, relaxed and delighted by: 

    • Greeting passengers throughout the terminal 
    • Providing general directions to washrooms, gates, airport services and more 
    • Responding to basic passenger inquiries with thoughtful, enthusiastic and accurate answers 
    • Enhancing the overall passenger experience at YGK Kingston

You must be a minimum of 15 years old for this position. For more information contact

Aquatics programs

Complete your 40 hours of high school volunteer placement through our aquatic programs. If you continue in this role, you can earn credits for leadership courses and get closer to becoming a certified lifeguard and instructor.

You must be a minimum of 13 years or older for this position.

For more information email

Fitness and wellness

Stay fit by helping with programs at the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, Culligan Water Park, Rideau Heights Community Centre, Kingston East Community Centre, Grass Creek Park or INVISTA Fitness Centre.

For more information email

  • Minimum of 16 years or older
  • First Aid and CPR 
  • Fitness background
  • Current personal trainer or group fitness instructor certification considered assets

City Hall Volunteer Tour Guide and Ambassador Program

Be a part of welcoming visitors to our beautiful Kingston City Hall National Historic Site. You will share Kingston's stories with people from near and far. When you apply to be a tour guide or a tour ambassador, you will receive appropriate training and ongoing support throughout the tour season. Shifts are generally one half-day per week and there are flexible options for scheduling.

Tour guide position

City Hall Tour Guides welcome and guide visitors through Kingston City Hall, sharing engaging stories about our city's history. The guided tours are between 30-45 minutes. You will need good communication skills and a passion for Kingston’s history. Occasionally, you may track visitor statistics.  

Tour ambassador position 

City Hall Tour Ambassadors greet and help visitors at City Hall, providing information and tracking statistics. You might organize visitors and coordinate with Tour Guides. Many duties may be carried out while seated.  

For more information contact

  • Be friendly and professional
  • Be adaptable and think on your feet
  • Be able to stand and climb stairs (Tour Guide position) 
  • Speaking a second language is an asset but is not required
  • Commit to at least 2 shifts per month from mid-May to mid-October

PumpHouse Model Railway Volunteer

PumpHouse Model Railway Society volunteers play a vital role in maintaining, improving and operating the model railway layouts located in the PumpHouse’s Train Room for all museum visitors to enjoy.  Model Railway Technicians meet weekly on Thursdays 9am-12pm, with occasional additional maintenance sessions and museum events throughout the year. 

Duties include:

    • Maintenance work on existing model locomotives, cars and model electric railroad
    • Low voltage wiring of existing model railroads
    • Scenery cleaning and maintenance O, HO or N scale layouts.
    • Operating model electric trains for the public
    • Improving the interactive component of the model electric railroad
    • Providing layout specific training to seasonal staff at the PumpHouse on operating and re-railing locomotives
    • Interacting with the public in a warm and welcoming manner

  • Interest, knowledge or previous experience with O, HO and N scale model electric railroads
  • Ability to work as part of a team 
  • Possess safety awareness and safe working habits
  • CPIC including Working with Vulnerable Persons Sector Check

Pumphouse Research Volunteers

These invaluable volunteers research local history topics related to the PumpHouse as directed by a Curator, communicate findings to the Heritage Planning team, engage with the public regarding the history and heritage of Kingston, and input data by leveraging cataloguing resources.

  • Knowledge of and interest in Kingston’s history
  • Experience working with the public an asset
  • Ability to work as part of a team 
  • Possess safety awareness and safe working habits
  • CPIC including Working with Vulnerable Persons Sector Check

For more information please visit the Pumphouse Volunteer page.

Grand Theatre Volunteer Usher Program 

Volunteers at Kingston Grand Theatre are assigned to various roles within the Regina Rosen Auditorium and the Baby Grand including taking tickets, acting as ushers, staffing the coat check, and assisting those patrons wishing additional assistance within the limits of the theatre. They may occasionally be called upon to perform other duties such as stuffing envelopes for mailing, dropping off brochures to various Kingston businesses, or co-hosting receptions and special events. Volunteers are a valuable resource and asset to the Grand Theatre and The City of Kingston. Volunteers act as hosts for events at Kingston Grand Theatre. As such, their primary responsibility is to ensure that audience members feel welcomed and that they have an enjoyable, comfortable experience in a safe environment.

For more information contact and visit the Grand Theatre Volunteer page.

  • Ability to think clearly and follow designated procedures in an emergency and/or stressful situation 
  • Ability to quickly identify and resolve problems 
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and to climb stairs 
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of circumstances 
  • Available at least 2 shifts per month from September to May 
  • Have an interest and enthusiasm for the performing arts 
  • Have a willingness to serve all patrons of the theatre with care and respect 
  • Have a friendly and professional attitude

Special events

Do you love your community? Volunteer at one of our many city events such as Victoria and Canada Day celebrations, as well as at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival. Have a blast, make new friends and build your skills. Many positions are available!

You must be a minimum of 14 years or older for this position. For more information email

Council Committee and Board Appointments

Are you interested in how the City works — or would you like to see a particular problem or issue addressed by Kingston City council or City staff?

You may have the drive and interest and experience to sit on one of the City's appointed bodies. In fact, your City may need the benefit of your informed opinion in order to work as well as possible. Committee and board appointments are made in the fall. However, volunteers interested in serving on a particular committee or board may express their interest year-round by applying. The application will be kept on file and reviewed by the Nominations Committee should a position open on the committee or board of interest. 

Please review the qualifications and exceptions before filling out the application form. 

Visit our Applying for Committee or Board page to learn more. 

For more information email


Rideaucrest is proud to have registered volunteers providing service to the Residents. Volunteers help support staff and connect residents with the Kingston community. Interested in volunteering at Rideaucrest? Please email or call 613-530-2818 ext. 4225.

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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