Volunteering and the law

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As a volunteer, the organization is on the hook — not me — if things go wrong on my watch. (I’m just the unpaid help!)
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Volunteering can come in many forms, whether it’s organizing an event, helping with a fundraiser, driving kids on an outing, or giving advice. Most volunteer activities pose little to no legal risk — but some do. Learn about the risks and how to minimize them.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in June 2023
  • Time to read: 11 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

David Kandestin, People's Law School

David Kandestin

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