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Community Investment Program

Syncrude is proud to support organizations and endeavors 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.

Each year, Syncrude invests around $6 million to community organizations working to make a difference. Whether it’s investing in local infrastructure, stocking the food bank or opening the doors to learning, Syncrude is committed to making a difference in the communities where our employees live and work. We also support our 4,700 employees in their individual volunteering efforts to create better communities, and provide scholarships at educational institutions across Alberta. 

2017 Highlights:

  • $2.4 million to the United Way
  • $293,000 to various non-profit organizations, recognizing over 9,800 employee volunteer hours
  • To celebrate the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Drive’s 25th anniversary, Syncrude donated $85,000 to the Corporate Challenge.

We're proud to be making a difference in our community, including investments to:

◾Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation - Uncle Fred Youth Elders Lodge

◾Alberta Cancer Foundation

◾Art Gallery of Alberta

◾Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business

◾Careers: The Next Generation

◾Compassion House

◾Fort Chipewyan Historical Society

◾Fort McKay First Nation - Youth Summer Employment Program

◾Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Eduction

◾Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society

◾Fort McMurray Historical Society

◾Fort McMurray Public Library

◾Fort McMurray Public School District

◾Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta

◾Grant MacEwan University


◾Inside Education

 ◾Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women

◾Keyano College

◾Mikisew Cree First Nation Elders Care

◾Northern Lights Health Foundation

◾Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards

◾Ronald McDonald House

◾Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

◾Science Alberta Foundation

◾Skills Canada

◾Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

◾The Children's Centre

◾United Way

◾University of Alberta

◾Vista Ridge

◾Wood Buffalo Food Bank

We donate on average $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 $30 million to the communities in which our employees work and live.


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