As a company with deep roots in Canada, we view community investments not simply as a responsibility, but as an essential component in building strong and healthy communities.
Since the 1890s when Imperial gave its first donation to a fishermen’s mission in Newfoundland, charitable giving has been an integral part of our tradition. Over the years, Imperial has contributed to thousands of charitable and non-profit initiatives in every area of Canadian life – supporting communities, contributing to quality of life, and touching the lives of Canadians.
In 2010, our community giving totalled more than $14.8 million.
Our approach to giving
Imperial Oil and our main philanthropic arm, the Imperial Oil Foundation, concentrate support in a few key areas – education, environment and community programs – and select programs that align community needs with business interests. We work with hundreds of community partners across Canada to provide funding and expertise.
Click here to read a list of organizations we supported in the last year.
To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be either:
- a charitable organization with a valid CRA registration number
- a registered non-profit organization with a valid B/N business registration number
- a Canadian public education institution or a government body
- a local community or Aboriginal group
Our primary focus is in communities where we have operations or interests, including:
- Alberta: Anzac, Bragg Creek, Bonnyville, Calgary, Carstairs, Cold Lake, Drayton Valley, Cynthia, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities in Wood Buffalo, Medicine Hat, Millarville, Morley, Nanton, Olds and Rocky Mountain House
- British Columbia: Fort Nelson and Fort St. John
- Ontario: Nanticoke, Sarnia and Toronto
- Nova Scotia: Dartmouth, Goldboro, Halifax and Point Tupper
- New Brunswick: Moncton and St. John
- Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John's
- Northwest Territories: Aklavik, Colville Lake, Deline, Fort Good Hope, Fort McPherson, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Hay River, Inuvik, Jean
- Marie River, Nahanni Butte, Norman Wells, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Trout Lake, Tsiigehtchic, Tulita, Tuktoyaktuk, Ulukhaktok and Wrigley
We fund programs and events that:
- promote science, math and technology education at all levels of learning from early childhood to post-secondary studies
- advance environmental education, conservation and research
- support community-based initiatives, including cultural events and skill development.
The following organizations and activities are ineligible for grants:
- For-profit businesses
- Organizations based outside of Canada
- Activities taking place outside of Canada
- Political parties or candidates
- Individual applicants or individual pursuits
- Advocacy or lobbying groups
- Religious or politically-affiliated organizations
- Endowments or matching grants
- Capital campaigns
- Building infrastructure
- On-going operating budgets
- Private clubs funded through membership fees
- Scholarship chair programs
- Debt-reduction campaigns
- Trusts or funds