Charitable Giving Guidelines

The criteria that we considers when evaluating a donation request are listed below.

Qualifications for Charitable Organizations

To be eligible and considered for a charitable contribution, charitable organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian grant recipients must be recognized as a charitable organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
  • Be applying for programs and services that fall within our defined focus areas.
  • Be located in the communities that we serve (where we have assets, employees or do business).
  • Have strong fiscal management and governance practices.

Restrictions for Applicant Organizations

We do not provide charitable contributions to the following types of requests or organizations:

  • Individuals
  • Athletics, including individual sports teams and all-star teams
  • Capital campaigns and endowments
  • Multi-year gifts, commitments or pledges
  • Grants to individual agencies of the United Way, because contributions to health and human service organizations are made through significant support during our annual campaign (except through our employee driven volunteer grant and matching gift program as applicable)
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, age or national origin
  • Political activities and organizations
  • Underwriting of films, video and television productions
  • Sectarian/religious activities, including churches, synagogues and other places of worship
  • Conferences, trips or tours
  • Fraternal, veteran or labour groups serving only their members
  • Advertising
  • Membership fees or association fees, either personal or corporate
  • Family Foundations


In alignment with our vision of becoming the Partner of Choice for our communities and the Employer of Choice for individuals, we invest in three primary areas of focus in communities where we live and work.


How to apply for funding.