Canada Life launches volunteering programme

  • The company has partnered with giving platform Neighbourly, who help to connect businesses with local charities and community groups
  • Each Canada Life colleague will have two days per year to use for volunteering

Following a successful pilot, Canada Life has officially launched a volunteering programme in partnership with giving platform Neighbourly.

All colleagues of Canada Life UK, approximately 1500 employees, will now have the opportunity to take up to two days per year as paid time off, to support charitable and local community causes. 

Neighbourly helps businesses run volunteering programmes, making it as easy as possible for employees to get involved and make a positive impact in their local communities – whether it is donating their time, money, or surplus products to local good causes.

Nick Harding, Chief People Officer, Canada Life comments: “I am really pleased that Canada Life has chosen to partner with Neighbourly to launch our new volunteering programme.

“With over 1500 colleagues working across different locations in the UK, as well as in the Isle of Man and Dublin, it was important for us to work with an organisation that makes signing up to volunteer as easy as possible.

“We’re looking forward to giving back to the communities we live and work in – and with each colleague able to take up to two days per year as paid time off, we’re hopeful that we can make a significant impact.”

Steve Butterworth, CEO, Neighbourly comments: “We’re delighted to be working with Canada Life on their new volunteering programme. Neighbourly is helping to make it as easy as possible for Canada Life employees to participate in the opportunities available and to report back on the impact that the business is having.

“Neighbourly has a network of around 25,000 good causes, including small charities and community groups. They are doing invaluable work, usually with limited resources, so Canada Life’s volunteering effort is hugely valuable in supporting the community in many different ways.”



Press enquiries should be directed to:

Elle McAtamney at Canada Life,

About Canada Life:

Canada Life is part of a group of companies controlled by Great-West Lifeco Inc., a diversified financial services holding company headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada. Through its subsidiary companies, Lifeco has operations in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Great-West Lifeco and its insurance subsidiaries have received strong ratings from major rating agencies.  Great-West Lifeco has over 30 million customers worldwide and £1.341 trillion assets under administration (as at 31 December 2021).

Canada Life Limited began operations in the United Kingdom in 1903 and looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals and companies alike. As well as providing stability and security through its individual contracts, Canada Life Limited has grown to become the leading provider of competitively priced group insurance solutions. Canada Life acquired Retirement Advantage on 3rd January 2018 for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition added over 30,000 retirement income and equity release customers and more than £2 billion of assets under management including a £1.5 billion block of in-force annuities to Canada Life.

Canada Life Limited, registered in England no. 973271. Registered office: Canada Life Place, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 5BA.  Canada Life Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

About Neighbourly

Neighbourly is an award-winning giving platform that matches businesses with local good causes. The platform takes the uncertainty out of doing good by connecting businesses who want to give time, money or surplus to the communities that need it most.  

Its network of over 25,000 thousand vetted local causes is mapped against impact themes and development goals so that businesses can easily connect their resources and measure the positive impact they are having on their business, employees, communities and the planet. 

Through Neighbourly’s smart-matching system, businesses are paired with causes that need their resources, allowing corporate companies to have a genuine impact on their employees and customers lives across the UK and Ireland. 

Neighbourly was one of the UK’s founding B Corporations.