Imperial has been investing in the communities in which we live, work and play since we gave our first donation to a fishermen’s mission in Newfoundland in the 1890s. Over the years we’ve invested millions of dollars into communities in Canada, worked with hundreds of organizations and spent tens of thousands of hours in volunteer time.
The following are just a few examples of the ways in which we endeavor to make positive and lasting contributions to people’s lives.
Imperial has been closely linked to Canada’s national sport since sponsoring the first national radio broadcasts of professional hockey in 1936. Our sponsorship today is focused on hockey events, activities and programs that support kids and local communities across Canada.
There are few investments more important today than promoting the skills and abilities of young Canadians. Imperial sponsors a wide range of programs to spark the interest of students in science, technology, engineering and math.
As important neighbours to many of our operations, Imperial strives to ensure local Aboriginal communities gain economic and community benefits from our presence. Our commitment and investment includes:
- Training and developing skills for young people in Aboriginal communities. Since 2002, Imperial has invested over $1.3 million to support employment initiatives, school programs, technology scholarships and courses at the Six Nations Polytechnic in Ohsweken, Ontario.
- Contributing to Aboriginal scholarships and education programs including the Cold Lake Operations Scholarship, the Norman Wells Operations Sahtu Aboriginal Scholarship, and the Science Education Employment Development Scholarship.
- Consulting with Aboriginal communities and supporting business development. At our Kearl oil sands operation, we gathered input from local First Nations to help with reclamation planning. Imperial has also contracted the services of Aboriginal businesses to work at the Kearl site.