Canada is reputed to have one of the largest and most dynamic voluntary sectors in the world. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of organizations have lost a minimum of 50% if not all of their workforce, and others on the frontline of COVID response like Meals on Wheels etc. are in desperate need of volunteers to support their operational capacity. The impacts of lacking of volunteers will persist post-COVID with municipalities across our nations seeking ways to rebuild their communities and engage citizens. There will be increased caution and hesitation from people to engage in public activities and volunteer roles, particularly those that involve human interactions. Using our data analysis skills and the app, @MyEffect, we propose to further develop our digital tool to connect volunteers and organizations to help reopen our economy responsibly by recruiting and measuring the impact of volunteers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


The proposed research includes two folds: (1) Develop a recommender system to match volunteers and the needs of non-profit organizations during and after COVID-19; (2) Develop an impact measurement of voluntary actions on the recovery of Canadian economy after COVID-19. Overall, we hope the resulting innovation will support the urgent need of Canadian non-profit and charitable organizations to recruit, retain and rebuild their volunteer workforce during and post the COVID-19 pandemic; along with providing a trusted mechanism for Canadian municipalities and government to responsibly reopen the economy by monitoring community needs and mobilizing human capital resources to bridge opportunity gaps to strengthen communities.

Industry Partner(s):Lovell Corporation

Academic Institution:Wilfrid Laurier University

Academic Researcher: Xu (Sunny) Wang

Focus Areas: COVID-19

Platforms: Cloud, GPU