Timebanking Canada - Parent Timebank

Mission: To build up a network of community Timebanks in Ottawa and surrounding communities


Timebanking Canada Inc., a Canadian Federal Non-profit Corporation, has launched a project to set up a network of Timebanks in the different communities across Ottawa and the surrounding regions. The Timebanking Canada - Parent Timebank is first launching the Ottawa Timebank and will gradually expand into a network of community time banks across Ottawa and surrounding regions--a timebank for the members of a community, interest group, or ethnic group. Members may choose to belong to one or more community timebanks and reach out across communities to give and receive help.  We envision expanding our network of timebanks across communities in Eastern, Central, and Western Canada. 

Timebanking is a simple concept of exchanging support and service with no money changing hands. 

Timebanking aims to inspire people community-wide to exchange skills and help, supporting one another. This will reduce loneliness and isolation. Community sharing is done by giving a 'time credit' for each hour devoted to helping or serving someone. The 'time credits' earned can be used to receive a service from any other member, now or later. This is not a voluntary service. 

In Timebanking, 'Time' is the currency of exchange and everyone's time is equal.

One hour = one hour, irrespective of qualification, income, position, or social status.  That creates a level playing field for allTimebanking thrives on the belief that everyone has something to give regardless of their age, ability, situation, or background. If you receive help, you, too, can give a service or skill in exchange. 'Giving' and 'receiving' on a reciprocal basis promote mutual respect and dignity. 

Our mission is to build positive social relationships and promote healthy communities.

We aim to bring people together by sharing skills, time, and goodwill with fellow community membersstrengthening communities one hour at a time. 

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Community Timebanks

Select a Timebank below in your neighborhood and register as a Member. Our Timebanks welcome members of all ages (18+) from different walks of life. Share your skills, expertise, wisdom, and personal interests with others in your community.


Ottawa
Timebank
Ottawa-Centretown
Timebank
Ottawa-Orleans
Timebank
Ottawa-Kanata
Timebank
Ottawa-South
Timebank
Ottawa-Barrhaven
Timebank
Port Hope/Cobourg
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The Five Core Values of Timebanking

Edgar S. Cahn, the fATHER OF TIMEBANKING, HAS GIVEN THESE FIVE CORE VALUES THAT STAND AT THE HEART OF SUCCESSFUL TIMEBANKING AND HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME.
  • Asset – Every one of us has something of value to share with someone else.
  • Redefining Work – There are some forms of work that money will not easily pay for, like building strong families, revitalizing neighborhoods, making democracy work, and advancing social justice. Time credits were designed to reward, recognize and honor that work.
  • Reciprocity – The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “Will you help someone too?” Paying it forward ensures that, together, we help each other build the world we all will live in.
  • Community/Social Networks – Helping each other, we reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built by sinking roots, building trust, and creating networks.
  • Respect – The heart and soul of democracy lies in respect for others. We strive to respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.

Timebanking: "It's where you get paid back when you pay it forward." ... Kathy Sipple.