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 three 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.
Global Corporate Citizenship At-a-Glance 2021
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. We are very proud of the support and relief our contributions and efforts are providing. Click here to read our 2021 Global Corporate Citizenship At-a-Glance.
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.
In response to flood-induced food shortages, exacerbated by panic-buying, and shortages caused by ongoing supply chain issues, AIG Canada made a significant donation to support individuals and families across British Columbia during the fall of 2021. Food Banks BC is the provincial association of food banks. Their membership is made up of 103 hunger relief agencies throughout British Columbia. Food Banks BC support their members through the provision of resources that assist their efforts to tackle hunger in communities they represent. This is achieved through the distribution of food and financial donations, providing access to training and capacity building programs, networking opportunities, and as a representative voice to speak to the needs of food banks as well as the hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who face ongoing food insecurity.
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 des jeunes de la DPJ. With kindness, generosity, and goodwill, the Foundation collectively invests in the well-being of youths in the DYP’s care to give them the self-esteem, courage and confidence to believe in the field of possibilities. In addition to its role of advocating on behalf of youth in need of protection, the Foundation also allocates resources that complement gouvernment funding to improve the well-being of DYP youths across Québec.
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.
To benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), AIG Canada staff participated in the Jim Abernethy Challenge. Additionally, AIG Canada acted as a gold sponsor in tribute to a former insurance-industry colleague who lost his battle against lymphoma in 2019. The Challenge saw staff members walking, running, cycling and by hours of movement. The LLSC funds researchers across Canada who are looking to develop less toxic, more accurate and innovative treatments and therapies. The LLSC also developed and invests in countless patient support programs helping people in treatment, caregivers and healthcare workers navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.
AIG Canada made a financial contribution to the wellness of those living in the Centre-Sud of Montréal. Fondation Santé Urbaine mandate is to help improve the mental and physical health of those living in the community throughout their trajectory of care, from birth to end of life, through small acts of kindness, innovative projects, and the purchase of medical equipment. Fondation Santé Urbaine seeks to create solutions to urban health issues and respond to the urgent and priority needs of the Centre-Sud of Montréal population.