We encourage, recognize and support the volunteer efforts of our employees and retirees to contribute their time and talents to charitable and non-profit organizations.
Our community investment program is complemented by the volunteer contributions of employees and annuitants to numerous charitable initiatives. We encourage senior employees to volunteer time and expertise on the boards of organizations we support. The purpose of this involvement is twofold: learning more about the voluntary sector while lending valuable private sector expertise to organizations. The list of organizations where Imperial employees have served as directors is diverse and includes Alberta Ecotrust, Art Gallery of Alberta, Calgary Zoo, Toronto's Frontier College, Glenbow Museum, Junior Achievement of Canada, Let’s Talk Science, Iniskim Centre at Mount Royal University, and the SEEDS Foundation.
In addition, our Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) provides a means to encourage, recognize and support employees and annuitants who serve the community through community work. Under VIP, employees, annuitants and their spouses can apply for grants for charitable and non-profit organizations for which they volunteer services. We currently distribute about $300,000 each year through the program.
How to Apply - Employee and Retiree volunteering
Volunteer involvement program eligibility
The purpose of the Volunteer Involvement Program is to encourage charitable volunteerism in the community. Volunteer service, activities and projects should be consistent with our pledge to be a good corporate citizen and support important societal goals including education, health and human services, and the environment.
To be eligible the applicant must be one of the following:
To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be:
Eligible organizations include those providing:
Ineligible organizations include those not recognized as charitable and tax exempt. Further, organizations whose primary mission does not meet the charitable definition for VIP purposes are ineligible.
Ineligible organizations include:
VIP grant limits
Non-profit, amateur sport and public school associations
An eligible applicant may apply on behalf of only one organization or association each calendar year. A maximum of two applications (from different applicants) per organization or association may be approved per calendar year. A minimum of 20 hours in the previous 12 months must have been volunteered in order to be eligible for a grant.
Note: A grant may be less than the amount requested. The VIP review committee approves the amount to be granted, based on the description, scope of the project and budget funds available.
All payments will be issued on a quarterly basis. Application deadlines are as follows:
Payments for all VIP grants will be consolidated into one cheque and mailed directly to the recipient organization approximately one month following the application deadline. A summary listing identifying all volunteers will be included with the payment. Volunteers will receive notification that their volunteer grants have been paid.
Applications must be received by November 10 to receive payment for the year’s efforts.
All applications and proposals must be submitted through our online application systems. Requests submitted by any other means will not be considered. You can expect to hear from us in about four to six weeks after your application has been submitted.
Qualified organizations can submit their proposal with our online grant application form.
Employees, annuitants and their spouses, please use our online VIP application form.