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Community Investment Program

“From parent volunteers and family members in the stands to cheer on games, the program is very positive for not only the kids involved, but for our community as a whole,” says Simon Adams, Director of Community Services with Fort McKay First Nation.

Fort McKay Hockey Academy scores in the community

For many youth, hockey is not only an after-school sport with friends, but a way to develop leadership and life skills. The Fort McKay Hockey Academy (FMHA) is designed to do just that for the children and teens of Fort McKay First Nation. The FMHA program recently got a boost from Syncrude with a $30,000 donation.

“In its third year now, the hockey academy has grown from about 10 to 70 youth between the ages of 4 and 17,” says Simon Adams, Director of Community Services with Fort McKay First Nation. “From parent volunteers and family members in the stands to cheer on games, the program is very positive for not only the kids involved, but for our community as a whole.”

The Fort McKay Hockey Academy works closely with the Fort McKay School to help create a learning environment to develop students’ self-esteem and interpersonal skills, foster leadership through character building, and to utilize passion for sport to generate excellence in the classroom and in the community.

Syncrude’s donation is helping to support the costs of instructors, ice times and equipment for new and returning players. The 2016-2017 Academy includes two dynamic ice training sessions per week as well as dryland sessions.

Supporting the FMHA also reflects the six key commitment areas of Syncrude’s Aboriginal Relations program, including business development, community development, education and training, employment, the environment and corporate leadership.

For more information on Syncrude’s community investment initiatives, visit

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

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 Application

At this time, our online system is undergoing upgrades. If you have an application or proposal to submit, please email