Spring Tradeshow winner

Those who visited Syncrude’s booth also learned more about our community investment initiatives, the Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch, and received baby bison droppings (chocolate covered raisins).

Community Investment Program

In 2014, Syncrude contributed more than $6 million from its Community InvestmentProgram to support the communities where our employees work and live.

Community votes Family Crisis Society as $10K donation recipient

The big red bison may have starred at the local trade show, but the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society stole the spotlight when the community voted it the recipient of a $10,000 donation from Syncrude.

From April 24 to 26 close to 2,000 Fort McMurray Spring Show and Market visitors stopped by Syncrude’s booth to vote for one of four deserving community groups , with the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society (FMFCS) coming out on top.

“We are grateful to receive this donation. In the last six months we’ve expanded our Second Stage Housing for women and children escaping domestic violence, from four to 13 apartments with an on-site child development centre,” says Michele Taylor, FMFCS Executive Director, who notes the organization assists more than 300 families annually through various programs. “This donation is equivalent to providing a family with seven months of rent subsidy in this Second Stage.”

All four local groups were selected from a long list of organizations where Syncrude employees volunteer. The Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society, Justin Slade Youth Foundation, Some Other Solutions and the Fort McMurray Swim Club were all in the running.

 “To recognize their efforts, Syncrude will make donations to the three remaining non-profits,” says Tara Abraham, Syncrude’s Community Investment Advisor. “We would like to thank each organization for their essential contributions to the community. Another big thank-you goes to the thousands of community members who took the time to vote.”

In 2014, Syncrude contributed more than $6 million from its Community Investment Program to support the communities where our employees work and live.

Syncrude is proud to support organizations

Syncrude is proud to support organizations and endeavours in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Edmonton that improve education, environment, health and safety, science and technology, Aboriginal and community development, arts and culture and recreation.

We donate $6 million annually to community organizations and initiatives.

How we provide assistance

We may provide assistance in the form of funds, materials/equipment or employees' time and expertise for projects that fall within these categories:

  • Education and lifelong learning projects which can’t be funded by local school boards and/or institutions of higher learning.
  • Organizations or events dealing with the environment and health and safety.
  • Community development projects that enhance community facilities and activities. Projects must be self-supporting in the future and reflect the needs and interests of a wide number of people (within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo only).
  • Arts and culture projects or organizations such as theatre, concerts, film and exhibitions that further the arts, entertain or inform (within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo only).
  • Recreational projects that promote health and fitness and organizations promoting amateur sports (within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo only).
  • Science and technology projects or organizations that encourage partnerships and promote oil sands technology.

Over the last five years, we’ve donated over $23 million to the communities in which our employees work and play.


Selection Criteria

Syncrude considers a number of criteria when selecting community investment projects, including:

  • Privately-initiated projects or programs (rather than government-funded)
  • Potential benefit to the community and community support
  • The applicant’s contributions to the project
  • The applicant’s initiative, planning, assessment of community need and collaborations with other organizations
  • Support from multi-stakeholder groups
  • Relationship to the oil sands industry, ability to encourage broad public support for Syncrude and opportunity for our employees to use their talents and expertise
  • Sound and measurable objectives, a well-planned approach and a high probability of producing meaningful, positive results
  • Financial need based on assessment of past revenue sources and use of funds
  • One-time contributions are favoured over recurring needs but long term, multi-year projects are considered based on significant corporate exposure and enduring benefits
  • Other criteria may also be considered

The largest single donation we ever made was $5 million to Keyano College in 2008.

Ineligible Organizations and Projects

The following organizations and projects are not eligible for community investment funding from Syncrude:

  • Individuals in pursuit of activities wherein that individual is the sole beneficiary;
  • Organized Labour, Political Parties, Election Campaigns and Religious or cultural organizations in nature;
  • Organizations solely designed to provide a service to other Syncrude employees, i.e. Club 63 North Social Club;
  • Expenses and fees related to travel, meetings, conferences, forums, registration, remuneration, honourariums, fellowships and living;
  • For-profit organizations regardless of its mandate, function or service;
  • All "sanctioned" fundraising campaigns conducted on Syncrude's property during scheduled working hours wherein employees are asked to participate in the campaign while receiving their regular salaries will not be eligible for this program; i.e. Syncrude Employee United Way Campaign;
  • Syncrude employees that are on secondment.

Syncrude’s Community Investment Online Application Form

Click here for Syncrude’s Community Investment Online Application Form

NOTE: Only applications submitted online will be considered. We are unable to respond to any paper, fax or e-mail funding requests. No representative of any group will be permitted to solicit individual employees at Syncrude's plant site or offices.