AIG Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we work, live and serve our customers.
We strive to focus our efforts in areas where it is needed most – in communities faced with natural or man-made disasters and to individuals and families seeking a path to better health and self-sufficiency. A significant portion of our community giving is directed to health-related initiatives that holds the promise of improving lives.
AIG Canada’s Volunteer Time-off Program encourages employees to take two paid business days off per year in order to participate in AIG Canada’s outreach program. AIG supports employee Volunteer Month in April and the insurance industry Week of Giving in October. AIG Canada’s corporate social responsibility goes beyond donating money or volunteering time to worthy causes. It’s about operating in a way that is responsible to our customers and our staff, that is respectful of the environment and that is supportive of the communities in which we live and work.
2019 Corporate Citizenship Report
Making a positive impact in the communities where we live and do business has always been a top priority of AIG. As a responsible corporate citizen, we give back through programs and partnerships that leverage the skills, experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm of our employees and the businesses they represent. We are very proud of the support and relief our contributions and efforts are providing. Click here to read our Corporate Citizenship Report.
Highlights of AIG Canada's efforts:
Since 2015, AIG Canada has supported Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. As part of this relationship, employees from AIG’s Toronto office taught “Dollars with Sense” to a virtual audience of seventh grade students. The curriculum, developed by Junior Achievement, emphasized self-exploratory exercises to get the vital tools the students need to make smart financial decisions, live debt-free and become savvy investors. Supplementing this effort was a corporate donation to support its employees’ virtual in-class teaching.
Since 2016, AIG Canada has been a national sponsor of WICC (Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade). Since WICC’s inception two decades ago, it has raised approximately $13 million towards eradicating cancer by supporting many of Canada’s most important research projects. Few organizations have galvanized the insurance industry more than WICC. This endowment demonstrates AIG Canada’s commitment to the health of Canadians by providing funding for cancer research. In addition, AIG provides further support by attending WICC events.
AIG Canada donated funds to the William H. McGannon Foundation in support of scholarships, research grants and student involvement to advance risk management by way of education, research, mentorship and work experience programs. The RIMS Canada Council established the Foundation following the release of a study in 1999 that evaluated the need for a Canadian organization to support risk management education and advance the profession of risk management in Canada.
AIG Canada employees helped support the animals in the care of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) by making toys and donating food as part of a virtual event organized by the THS. The virtual event included a tour of the facility and the animals in their care as well as a pet training session where AIG participants were able to ask specific behaviour-related questions to the expert animal trainers on staff at the THS. Supplementing this virtual event was a corporate donation to support the THS. The donation was used to promote their Giving Tuesday partnership via social media which exceeded their Giving Tuesday goal. It is the mission of THS to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. Following no kill principles, the THS aspires to be a best-in-class animal shelter – working in partnership with the community to find creative solutions and improve outcomes for all animals.
AIG Canada has supported the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish for the past 40 years. Along with a corporate donation, employees purchased holiday gifts online for delivery to their distribution centre for handling. The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program has become one of the largest distributors of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. The program also provides financial assistance to hundreds of agencies, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children across the GTA enjoy a holiday experience.
To support Ronald McDonald House Charities® Toronto, AIG Canada made a financial donation towards the preparation and delivery of meals to Family Rooms. Ronald McDonald House Charities® Toronto has served as a placeto call home for families with seriously ill children undergoing treatment. RMHC Toronto encompasses a House for 81 families in downtown Toronto and seven Family Rooms in hospitals across the Greater Toronto Area and in Sudbury.
To help alleviate food insecurity in 2020, AIG Canada made a significant donation to support individuals and families across Canada. Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. Food Banks Canada supports a network of Provincial Associations, affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger. Their work is focused on maximizing collective impact, strengthening local capacity, and reducing the need for food banks.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital hosted a virtual volunteering program for the employees of AIG Canada. The program included an introduction to Holland Bloorview and their work; an opportunity to hear from a former patient about their lived experience; evaluation of current giving campaigns and the opportunity to brainstorm new ideas; and Disability 101: key terminology and how to bring inclusion in to your workplace. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital cares for kids with disabilities, kids needing rehabilitation after illness or trauma, kids whose medical complexity requires a kind of care they can’t get elsewhere. Every day, Holland Bloorview’s frontline staff embrace kids with boundless potential and their families.
AIG Canada supported the Black Business Professional Association (BBPA) by providing a donation to assist in their program to provide tuition relief to black students. For the past 38 years, the BBPA has been advancing Black business communities, youths and professionals, to create equity and opportunity for all, so no one gets left behind. The BBPA National Scholarship Program (NSP) was established in 1986 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting the achievement of academic excellence by Black Canadian youth through an annual scholarship program. It was borne out of the need to reduce the rate at which Black students drop out of school despite their intellect, due to unavailability of funds.
In support of Montreal-based youth and children, AIG Canada made a charitable contribution to the Fondation du centre jeunesse Montreal. The Centre provides urgent human services to children and youth and promotes a positive environment as their guests’ transition from the Centre back to their families or in alternative housing. The organization offers the children the opportunity to be children, including celebrations to mark significant events of their lives such as birthdays, Christmas, and proms.
In support of pediatric palliative care, AIG Canada donated funds to Canucks Place Children’s Hospice. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice first opened its doors in November 1995, to become North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice. The Canuck Place responded to the need for a hospice created specifically for children. The illness and death of a child is a life-altering experience for the families who love them. The facility offers a place of comfort and compassion where children could experience the simple joy of being a child, and families could cherish each moment together.
AIG Canada contributed to the efforts of Autisme Montréal by making a financial donation. Autisme Montréal strives to improve the lives of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as those of their family members. Autisme Montréal acts as an advocate for the rights and interests of people with autism and those of their families. Their goal is to promote and to sensitize the health, education, research communities, and the general population to the needs of people with autism.
AIG Canada made a donation to help support the work of Union Gospel Mission. The Union Gospel Mission strives to holistically meet the needs of those they serve and are determined to provide the best results possible through effective guest-centred care.
AIG Canada made a financial contribution to the efforts of Pour 3 points (P3P). P3P helps kids from many cultural backgrounds and from underprivileged neighborhoods. P3P coaches help them gain the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. The organization has an exponential effect: the coaches they train work with approximately 12 young people per year. They become agents of change within the sports community and the education sector.