I think that would be a non-starter. Again, go back to the Auditor-General's report (pp. 35-40) and look at how many units are currently parading at half of their optimal strength or less -- and that's while they're getting paid. I can't imagine any significant improvement by saying "you're going to get the same amount of cock, but we're not going to pay you." :dunno:
144,250 Canadians were volunteer firefighters in 2013-2015 (vice 25,550 career firefighters)
75,000 Canadians volunteered to assist the RCMP in its duties, including 1,600 auxilliary constables
4,000 Canadians volunteer for the Canadian Coast Guard Auxilliary
2,800 Canadians volunteer for CASARA (Civil Air Search and Rescue Association)
>20,000 Canadians volunteer for the Red Cross
12,000 Canadians volunteer for St John's Ambulance (1,000,000 hours per year or 80 hours per person average)
12,000 Canadians volunteer for Ground Search and Rescue teams (SARVAC)
There is a pool of more than 270,000 Canadians already volunteering their services, many of them taking on physically demanding and hazardous tasks.
You don't think that some of those would be suitable candidates for an unpaid Militia?
In my opinion it isn't about the pay. It is about the organization.