The Society engages the services of volunteers throughout the agency, from the governance level to direct assistance of clients and their families.

Why Should I Donate?

Your donation helps to further our efforts, assisting prisoners on their road to rehabilitation while promoting just, effective and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

Ways to Donate

You can donate to the Society by:

  • Clicking on the “Donate Now” button.
  • Sending a cheque made out to “The John Howard Society of Canada” at 809 Blackburn Mews, Kingston, ON K7P 2N6, or

  • Using your credit card by calling the John Howard Society of Canada at 613-384-6272.


All donations over $10.00 will be issued a charitable receipt.

Are You Looking to Volunteer?

We’re always looking to grow our volunteer base — to more deeply connect with our community roots. Volunteer involvement is crucial to the success of our work, to our goal of crime reduction and less victimization. Almost everyone has skills relevant to our work and the best approach is to contact the office nearest you and speak with the Executive Director. You will find yourself in the company of people committed to the building of better, more resilient and compassionate, communities — people looking for ways to enrich the quality of life in their towns and cities through building the elements of community well-being.



We are always looking for enthusiastic university students to contribute to our blog. Our blog addresses prominent issues in criminal justice in Canada, including penitentiaries. With 150 posts so far, our blog has become an academic source for many lawyers in both criminal and quasi-criminal fields. University students can assist by finding relevant material, preparing posts, improving the appeal of posts, and building audience for the blog through various forms of outreach.

If you wish to get involved with our blog please email us at


Articling Students

With the support of the Law Foundation of Ontario, the John Howard Society of Canada is privileged to host a Public Interest Articling Fellow for a 10-month term.

The Articling Fellow assists with a variety of legal matters, promoting the legal rights of federal prisoners from coast to coast. Commonly, this exposes the Articling Fellow to Correctional law, Human Rights law, Constitutional law and Charter challenges, providing a broad learning experience for any student entering the legal field.

If you are interested in submitting an application for the 2021-2022 term, please send an email with a CV, Cover Letter, your law school transcripts and two references to between April and September of 2021.