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Making a difference: how Canadian companies give back to the communities that make their success possible

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Date: September 8, 2017

Every year, more than 12 million Canadians perform some form of voluntary or charitable work. Canada’s largest companies are equally engaged in philanthropic activity, providing everything from ongoing funding for medical research, to emergency relief for victims of natural disasters, mentoring programs for indigenous entrepreneurs, and resettlement support for newly arrived refugees.


In its 2016/2017 Annual Report, the Business Council of Canada highlights some of the myriad ways Canada’s top employers give back to the communities in which they operate. The report cites the results of an Imagine Canada survey which found that large companies are significantly more likely than other firms to donate to charitable and non-profit organizations, and to support their employees’ charitable efforts.


Also included in the Business Council’s latest Annual Report:


For more information, download the Business Council’s 2016/2017 Annual Report.


Founded in 1976, the Business Council of Canada is a non-profit, non-partisan association that brings business leaders together to shape public policy in the interests of a stronger Canada and a better world.  It is composed of the chief executives and entrepreneurs of 150 leading enterprises from every region and sector of the economy.


The Business Council’s member companies employ 1.7 million Canadians, account for more than half the value of the Toronto Stock Exchange, contribute the largest share of federal corporate taxes, and are responsible for most of Canada’s exports, corporate philanthropy, and private-sector investments in research and development. Through supply chain partnerships, service contracts and mentoring programs, Business Council members support many hundreds of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs in communities of all sizes across Canada.


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