Building on prior research at the federal level, this paper examines the emergent institutional relationships between government and the voluntary sector in seven Canadian provinces. Prior to the release of a national survey in 2005, little collective attention was paid to the size
and impact of the voluntary sector at the provincial level by either the sector or governments. This subnational historical institutional analysis reveals that there is a new and growing appetite for policy dialogue, representing a notable shift in attention to voluntary sector–government
relations at the provincial level. Trends and informative exceptions in this emerging relationship are profiled.
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