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.
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 2011, AIG Canada has participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Ride for Research. Pit against its fellow insurers, employees from AIG Canada took to stationary bikes in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Ride for Research. This year, AIG Canada was named the Insurance Sector Champion for total funds raised. Since 2011, AIG Canada and its employees have raised approximately $117,000 to advance Juvenile Diabetes research in Canada.
AIG employees from its Toronto office donned hardhats and steel-toe boots in support of two Habitat for Humanity build projects. In a city where affordable housing is challenging to find, AIG Canada also provided a financial donation to help cover construction costs. Team AIG Canada accomplished a great deal including framing and installing drywall and insulation in a townhouse complex located in the city’s east end.
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 seventh grade classes at a nearby elementary school. 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’ 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 Foundation was established following the release of a study by the RIMS Canada Council in 1999 that evaluated the need for a Canadian organization to support risk management education and advance the profession of risk management in Canada.
Every year since the inception of the program, AIG Canada employees from its Toronto office participate in this annual city clean up. From all levels of the company, the AIG Canada team is committed to doing its part for the upkeep of its urban space.
CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish provides toys to disadvantaged children who might not receive a holiday gift otherwise. AIG Canada has been supporting this cause for the past 38 years and raised funds through a Christmas raffle.
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 freestanding 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’s LGBT & Allies Employee Resource Group walked in support of AIDS Walk Toronto. AIG employees proudly were named as one of the top 10 fundraising teams by the event organizer.
AIG Canada’s employees donated clothing and other personal goods to help support at risk youth in Toronto. The mission of Covenant House is to serve children and youth on the street and to protect and safeguard all children and youth while leading change that challenges at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth to pursue a life of opportunity.
As a long time supporter of Dress for Success, employees helped the organization by donating new and gently used clothing and accessories. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
In support of Montreal-based youth and children, AIG Canada made a charitable contribution to 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.
AIG Canada has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the Starlight Foundation by participating in its annual Insurance Gala. Since 1994, the insurance community has sought to fulfill the dreams and wishes of seriously ill children. Starlight Children’s Foundation has been transforming the lives of Canadian children who live with serious illness and their families.
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’s Women & Allies Employee Resource Group assisted Red Door Family Shelter by volunteering plant material and staff members who helped rehabilitate the shelter’s gardens. AIG Canada staff members extended the project by proving nonperishable food items, toiletries and kitchen items. Since 1982, the Red Door has provided services for families and individuals who need safe and supportive emergency shelter. Responding to the growing need for shelter space for homeless families, the Red Door was opened in the basement of the Woodgreen United Church by a group of volunteers. The organization has now grown to be one of the largest family shelters in the city, providing shelter and support to over 500 families every year.
To support the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 25 AIG Canada employees took to the Big Bike to raise funds towards life-saving research while supporting heart disease and stroke survivors and their families. For over 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Their work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others.