Volunteers serve as the unwavering foundational pillars of many community sport and recreation programs. As of 2004, about 4.6 million volunteers, or 18% of the adult population were actively involved as sport volunteers. As a sector, sport and recreation has the highest number of volunteers in Canada. There are 33,649 not-for-profit sport and recreation organizations in Canada; 95% of these are at the community level. Community based sport and recreation organizations and the volunteers that maintain them are essential for providing quality sport and recreation experiences for all.