Community Action Projects (CAPs) are long-term volunteer opportunities with local non-profit and public sector organizations in the City of Toronto. Rooted in principles of reciprocity and respectful relationships, your participation contributes to community-identified priorities and goals. Not only do Community Action Projects benefit the communities around you, but they also allow you to:

  • Gain valuable hands-on experience in a field that interests you, and explore careers in the community
  • Develop your communication, time management, leadership and critical thinking
  • Explore social dynamics and issues in our city
  • Learn to develop a reflective practice and deepen your understanding of yourself
  • Learn from diverse perspectives and knowledges from all walks of life  
  • Build your Co-curricular Record (CCR)

Registration is now open!


Eligibility Who can participate in Community Action Projects?
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Community Innovation Projects Learning through problem solving and collaboration
Police check Police reference check & vulnerable sector search (PRC-VSS)
Contact us Questions? Contact Cherrie Kwok at


Community Action Projects are open to all University of Toronto students.

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There are many opportunities to choose from! Find the one that’s right for you.

Fall/Winter Community Action Projects

Summer Community Action Projects

Additional information and registration is available on the individual program pages above.

Other campuses: 

Community Innovation Projects

Community organizations often work under conditions of limited resources and competing priorities. Under such conditions, how can community organizations overcome challenges they’re facing, build capacity and maximize their social impact?  

In Community Innovation Projects, community partners identify a goal, challenge or problem that they would like to address in their organizations, and students work collaboratively (with each other and with the community partners) to develop solutions and present recommendations.

Community Innovation Projects are an opportunity for you to:

  • Work with other students using a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Engage in problem-solving on real-life projects
  • Learn through experience and develop practical skills
  • Develop meaningful connections with community partners


Partner Organization: Regent Park Community Food Centre 

Interested in community gardening and urban agriculture? Why not join us in partnering with Regent Park Community Food Centre to work on an exciting pilot project involving children and youth?

Student teams will create an urban agriculture activity book for an afterschool program. The activity book will illustrate the process of gardening and harvesting food.

All students are welcomed to participate regardless of academic background, particularly those with an interest in project-based research and creative work.

Applications are now closed. 

Police check

In order to participate in CALC and Story Planet (no police check is required for SciHigh), volunteers must complete a Police Reference Check and be cleared.

This is known as Police Reference Check + Vulnerable Sector Search (PRC-VSS) clearance, and is standard procedure for anyone working with vulnerable people.

You can fill out a police check application form when you meet with one of our coordinators. 

You are able to start your placement once you receive your results, which are mailed directly to you at the address you provide on the Consent to Disclose Form. 
The PRC-VSS letter containing your results is not sent directly to the agency or to the University of Toronto. Having a criminal record does not necessarily disqualify you from consideration for a position. If you choose to disclose your PRC details to the community partner, your application will be still be considered. Final decisions rest with the community partner.

Contact us

For questions or further information, please contact Cherrie Kwok at