Volunteer Content Writer

When: Anywhere, Anytime Where: Online Contact: Colyn deGraaff Contact Email: colyndegraaff@immigrant-education.ca Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited


CIES is looking for talented and passionate writers to help with researching and writing comprehensive articles for a variety of topics. As more newcomers look online for guidance, it’s our goal to help them make informed decisions about their life in Canada.

Your commitment to this role entirely depends on your availability. Looking to make a one-time contribution? Great! Would you want to write an article every week? That’s fantastic! Your commitment is totally up to you.

The Volunteer Content Writer position does not need to complete in-office hours. Writing can be done remotely.


The Volunteer Content Writer is a volunteer position under the CIES Communications department. This position is responsible for submitting well-researched articles for circulation on CIES Guides, our site blog, weekly newsletter, and sometimes in CIES’ English language classrooms. The guides must be based on accessible research, expert reviews, and proven facts. All articles must be written in plain language to accommodate our audience of second-language learners.

Not sure what that looks like? Back in 2012 only 51.5% of Canadians had literacy scores of Level 3 or higher. What we’re looking for is “plain language” literacy (you can read more about it at CPHA and the Government of Canada).

Topics of articles may be related to:

  • Arrival
  • Community
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Law & Justice
  • Money
  • Parenting
  • Transportation

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the expression of interest form below. After this, you will be emailed requesting the following:

  •  A brief email that includes:
    • (1)  A brief introduction about yourself.
    • (2) A 1-page writing sample.
    • (3) How many articles you wish to write.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to run their writing sample through a readability test tool. This step will help you determine how easy your text is to read for our intended audience.

Selection process

If your application is accepted you will be sent a volunteer agreement. You will need to sign this document before you can begin.

By volunteering with CIES, you would be helping to make a real difference in the life of an immigrant finding their way in Canada. All guide posts would have a name attribution to the author, crediting their submission at the end of the article. Guides may be subject to edits, revisions, or removal at any time without notice.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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