About the Quality Mentoring System

Mentor Canada developed the Quality Mentoring System (QMS) to support organizations in demonstrating, contextualizing, and advancing the quality and impact of their mentoring programs and initiatives. 

The evidence-informed, yet adaptable, QMS represents an important evolution in the understanding of program quality. It proposes interrelated tools, resources, and learning opportunities, empowering organizations, initiatives, and programs to advance innovation and bolster their impact. 

This innovative principles-based approach to quality honours the intrinsic value of the mentoring relationship, acknowledges the uniqueness of programs and initiatives, and provides guidance, rather than prescription, for equitable and effective programming.

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Tools & Learning Opportunities

The Quality Mentoring System is designed to support mentoring programs at any point in the delivery or conceptualization of a mentoring initiative. The QMS does not need to be completed in any specific order and each tool and learning opportunity can be revisited.

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The Principles of Quality Mentoring Self-Assessment invites programs to take a comprehensive look at their own practices and at all dimensions of quality mentoring programming. The principles approach offers flexible guidance to assess quality within a program’s unique context. The tool is designed to encourage reflection, inspire discussions, and generate new ideas about program enhancements and opportunities. 


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The Innovation Plan provides mentoring programs and initiatives with evidence-informed tools and techniques to systematically advance the quality of their mentoring program. The Plan guides programs through three steps focused on quality. Completing the Innovation Plan can support programs to set realistic goals, test ideas, learn from their improvement efforts, and plan for program-wide improvements and innovation. 




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Mentor Canada convenes and facilitates the only National Community of Practice on Mentoring in Canada. This unique environment engages a community of mentoring professionals with one common goal: supporting each other and young people through impactful mentoring opportunities. The Community of Practice offers highly focused discussions, critical insights from subject matter experts (researchers and practitioners), and helpful evidence-based mentoring resources. The  Community of Practice convened by Mentor Canada will strengthen the mentoring ecosystem in Canada, build networks, provide a forum for the latest mentoring evidence and insights, and provide access to exclusive content. 


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We prioritize and value long-term collaborative relationships. If you are not sure where to start, have some questions, or just want to speak face-to-face with someone, we would be happy to hear from you! No-cost support is available at any time. We are here to celebrate your wins, offer nuanced and balanced advice, and co-construct solutions to your most pressing challenges.




Contact Us for Support:  
By Email: Contact our Quality Mentoring and Capacity-Building Specialist: Ben Dantzer
Drop-In Hours: We host regular drop-in hours on Wednesday from 2-4 pm Eastern time. Drop by to have face-to-face chat with our Quality Mentoring and Capacity-Building Specialist via Zoom. No appointment is needed.  
CLICK HERE to join the Drop-In Hours Call