Community Investments

Corporate Responsibility

Community Investments

At Canadian Natural, we are strongly committed to investing 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 2019, we provided $25 million in community investments including corporate sponsorships, cash donations, employee giving, in-kind donations and funding for community-based economic development projects. For 2018 highlights of community investment, read our 2019 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Corporate Giving Programs

Our corporate giving program includes community donations and sponsorships, field matching and scholarship programs. Our community investment focuses on the following areas:

  • Health, Safety and Wellness 

    Supporting service providers with comprehensive programs assisting families and children, including hospitals and community outreach programs. Examples of long-term commitments include the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Cornerstone (in Aberdeen). 
  • Sports and Recreation 

    Funding for recreational facilities and youth sport initiatives across our operating areas. Examples include 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, the disability soccer program led by the Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) in Scotland and the Alberta Native Hockey Council.
  • Education and Training 

    Helping local schools and universities improve infrastructure and enhance programs. Read our Education and Training section for more information.
  • Social and Cultural Events, and Traditional Practices 

    Supporting a broad variety of community events and making our best efforts every year to help holiday wishes come true through Christmas community meals and hampers. 

Canadian Natural also publishes annual ‘Working Together’ newsletters where we highlight community investments for each operating region in Western Canada. Below are our latest editions:

Working Together Community Newsletters

Employee Giving

We are proud of our many employees who donate valuable time to assist with community projects. 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. Read more about our employee-run initiatives.

For information on our community investment opportunities, please email Community.Investment@cnrl.com.

Building Sustainable Communities

Partnerships that Promote Health and Wellness

APPLE Schools
Canadian Natural has a made a long-term commitment of $460,000 in funding to The APPLE Schools Foundation, helping schools promote healthy living in communities, particularly in remote areas, many of which are First Nations or Métis communities (Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, Elk Point, Glendon, Anzac, Conklin, Janvier, Fort McKay and Fort Chipewyan), as well as the program expansion into northeast British Columbia.

The 10-year-old program is research driven and improves the lives of more than 20,000 students annually across northern Alberta, Manitoba and Northwest Territories schools, working with parents, students and teachers to improve health behaviours. Students at APPLE schools incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets, increase their physical activity levels and learn how to care for their mental health.

APPLE School Health Facilitator with kids at Father R. Perin School in Janvier. School Health Facilitators help implement the APPLE Schools project in new schools for the first three years of the program, engaging the school community to establish healthy practices so staff and students can continue building on the healthy school culture for years to come.

Creating Value for Years to Come in Northern Alberta

Canadian Natural is proud to support the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation, pledging $750,000 over five years towards a new regional hospital and cancer centre. The funds will be placed in an endowment fund that will be used to purchase equipment in perpetuity, allowing Canadian Natural to give back year after year. 

Construction on the hospital is still underway, but will feature single in-patient rooms, an education facility for training nurses and other healthcare professionals, a state-of-the-art cancer centre, outpatient programs and a five-story parkade. 

Grande Prairie Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.

A Fresh Start

Since 2014, Canadian Natural has been supporting the Fresh Start Recovery Centre in providing addiction treatment services to Indigenous men, helping 81 participants complete the recovery program to date.

"Canadian Natural was the first long-term corporate supporter of the Fresh Start Recovery Centre,” said Wayne Steer, Director of Fund Development. “Their support has helped many men find a better life through recovery. They say that this help has given them a second chance to be the men that they always knew they could be."

During his time at Fresh Start, Robert D was able to overcome his challenges and excel in his studies. Robert said that Fresh Start gave him hope and a second chance at life. It was this feeling of hope and wanting to share it that inspired him to enroll in the Addictions & Community Health Professional program at Sundance College. With support from Canadian Natural, Robert was able to earn his diploma in the 44-week program, with honors.

Robert D.

Supporting Small Villages and Families in Africa

Canadian Natural’s operations in offshore Côte d'Ivoire (CDI) are located roughly 60 kilometres southwest of the city of Abidjan, CDI’s commercial centre. Natural gas from our Espoir and Baobab operations is the main source of electricity in the country.

We have been supporting local communities in CDI through different social projects aimed at improving quality of life, providing electricity and support to schools and hospitals, and helping local families. 

Our Abidjan Donation Committee continues to coordinate employee initiatives to assist different organizations. In 2019, employees helped renovate and refurbish toilet facilities at the local school Plateau Dokui, which has more than 1,400 pupils aged between 3 and 12 years old. The Donation Committee also supported the Adjue Maternity Block refurbishment, with furniture, supplies and medical equipment and donated a wheelchair to the Abidjan Heart Care Institute. We also funded the construction of a Relatives’ Room in an Abidjan hospital to enhance facilities for visiting family members. 

Left: Students in Dabou, Côte D’Ivoire, celebrate the 50th anniversary of their schools and a donation from Canadian Natural. Right: Wheelchair donation to Abidhan Heart Care Institute 2019.

Safety Beyond Our Worksites

The safety of the people we work with, their families and neighbours, is a shared core value for our Company and the communities where we work. We are proud to work with local first responders, to help provide a safe environment in our operating areas. Every year, we support fire departments and their exceptional work in these communities by contributing to efforts focused on updating facilities and equipment, and enhancing training and emergency services for the long-term safety of community residents. 

Canadian Natural has been a supporter of STARS for more than 30 years, with $2.5 million donated over the last five years, helping provide transport and coordinated care for critically ill and injured patients throughout Western Canada.

This partnership has helped improve access to leading-edge care for rural and remote communities, but also has a direct impact on Canadian Natural and the health and safety of its employees. Over the past decade, STARS responded to 18 emergencies on Canadian Natural leasehold sites. In 2019 alone, STARS monitored 195 permanent or temporary sites for Canadian Natural. 

STARS Helicopter.