Community Investment

Corporate Responsibility

Community Investment

At Canadian Natural, we have a strong commitment to invest in the communities where we live and work. As members of the communities where we operate, Canadian Natural’s teams work together with our local stakeholders to understand their priorities and support those projects that have a direct impact on their quality of life and well-being. In this way, we can help local grassroots efforts that get right to the heart of the issues the communities care about, promoting long-term local economic growth and prosperity.

In 2017, we provided $12.4 million in community investments including corporate sponsorships, cash donations, employee giving, in-kind donations and funding for community-based economic development projects. Read our 2017 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Corporate Giving Program

Our corporate giving program includes community donations and sponsorships, field matching and scholarship programs, with a focus on health and wellness, education and training, social and cultural events, and traditional practices. We support hospitals, schools, multiplex and recreational facilities, family support projects and community outreach programs.

Highlights of our 2017 initiatives include:

  • Health and wellness - Supported the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocate Centre, Northern Lights Health Foundation and the Hub Family Resource Centre in Fort McMurray, STARS Foundation, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Child Development Centre in Fort St. John, and Olive Tree in Lloydminster and Cornerstone in Aberdeen. For more community investment stories, read our Building Communities section.
  • Sports and recreation - Supported several youth sport initiatives across our operating areas, including Lac La Biche Minor Lacrosse and the Fort McMurray FireFit Challenge. We have also been long-time supporters of the Bonnyville Pontiacs (an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League that runs the RESPECT anti-bullying campaign for schools, reaching out to more than 1,000 students a year) and the Alberta Native Hockey Tournament hosted by the Alberta Native Hockey Council in Edmonton. We have also been supporting a disability soccer program led by the Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish FA and Scottish Disability Sport. The goal of this soccer program is to increase participation in disability football and aid in the development of programs to allow footballers with disabilities to compete at the highest level possible.
  • Social and cultural - Participated in and supported significant events, including Christmas lunches and hampers programs, as well as Indigenous powwows, treaty days and ceremonies.

Supporting families and neighbours

When it comes to investing in health and wellness, Canadian Natural looks to support comprehensive service providers assisting families and children. For example, our recent donation to the Hub Family Resource Centre in Fort McMurray supports ongoing efforts to help those who continue to experience effects from the wildfire in 2016. We also partnered with Calgary’s Fresh Start Recovery Centre to fund five years of their recovery treatment program for Indigenous men.

In addition to our year-round support to a range of organizations close to our operations, our best efforts are made every year to help holiday wishes come true for the most vulnerable members of these communities, through Christmas community meals and hampers. From Western Canada to our UK operations, our employees continue to support a significant number of families, seniors and food banks every year.

In 2017, for example, we contributed to the Hope Haven Women’s Shelter in Lac La Biche so they can provide the community with much needed services. Our donation helped women and children have meals and a safe, warm place to stay over the holidays. “Gifts such as these show our clients that they are special and there are people, like you, that really do care,” said Melissa Green, Acting Executive Director, Hope Haven Society.

Our 2017 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders provides more information on our community investment initiatives.

Canadian Natural also publishes annual “Working Together” newsletters by area of operation in Western Canada, including Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, as well as an Oil Sands edition. These newsletters highlight opportunities and initiatives we have developed with the communities in each region, and below are our latest editions.

Working Together community newsletters

Employee contributions and volunteering

Our company takes great pride in helping build stronger communities and providing diverse opportunities for employees to play a role in those efforts. We are proud of our many employees who donate valuable time to assist with community projects. Long-term commitments to local and regional community initiatives illustrate Canadian Natural employees’ leadership, generosity and spirit of volunteerism.

Canadian Natural supports employee volunteering in many ways: through corporate matching of funds raised for selected programs and initiatives, management support of national campaigns such as United Way and providing Company time. We believe that by doing this we can help build stronger, healthier communities. Read about our employee-run initiatives.

More about our community investment initiatives in the areas where we work can be found in our “Working Together” newsletters.

For information on our community investment opportunities, please email