Sharing our time, talents and financial resources to help communities where we live and work is as important to our people as it is to those we serve.
Our community investment approach
To support our employees’ passion for helping, our programs focus on three key areas:
Our charitable giving program centers on empowering employees to support their communities and the causes they feel most connected to, while our corporate program focuses on offering inclusive support to diverse communities in need.
Through our Charitable Donations Program, we provide financial donations to charitable organizations where our employees demonstrate ongoing involvement as volunteers.
Our Donation Matching Program matches donations made by employees and supports many needs such as support for Indigenous communities, COVID-19 relief, disaster relief (forest fire, flood, extreme weather), and international humanitarian aid.
Each fall, EDC participates in the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, which supports the United Way/Centraide, Healthpartners and many charitable organizations across Canada. The campaign is run entirely by volunteers who donate their time and energy, organizing awareness activities and raising funds that benefit our communities. EDC continuously reaches our campaign goal of $150,000 in donations.
Every spring, EDC partners with Volunteer Ottawa and other organizations across Canada to provide meaningful opportunities for our employees to give back to their communities. Employees offer their time to support a variety of community groups such as youth experiencing housing insecurity, parents, seniors, children, vulnerable families, new Canadians and rescue animals.
EDC offers permanent employees up to two working days off to volunteer at a registered Canadian charity.
Hours volunteered by employees and board members
Charitable organizations supported
Total community support donated
We partner with international NGOs to empower small enterprises in markets where our customers do business. Our programs give our employees opportunities to share their knowledge and skills to make a difference in the international community.
EDC has had a long-standing partnership with CARE Canada, spanning over 12 years to help expand economic opportunities in emerging markets. This joint global community investment initiative strengthens CARE’s enterprise, women empowerment and economic development projects through the transfer of EDC’s expertise.
EDC is committed to honouring residential school survivors and their families. Marking Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, EDC, in collaboration with our Indigenous Employee Resource Group, held informative sessions that helped employees understand both the history and lasting impacts of the residential school system, and commemorate the survivors, their families, and communities. EDC is committed to supporting our employees and their steps towards reconciliation while working with Indigenous charitable organizations to understand and meet the needs of our community.
Through our partnerships, sponsorships and scholarship offerings, EDC sets students up for success in their careers in international trade and sustainability through meaningful learning opportunities and experiences.
Each year, EDC awards scholarships to the next generation of business leaders pursuing education in international business and sustainability. Since 2000, EDC has awarded over 600 scholarships to students enrolled in colleges and universities across Canada.
AIESEC is a global youth leadership organization that provides students with international experience opportunities. We have been a supporter of AIESEC’s global exchange program for 24 years, and actively participate in their annual Youth to Business Forum.
Student learning opportunities are at the core of our youth education program, with the sponsorship of case competitions allowing us to support students in their gained experience, networking and mentorship opportunities. One of our longest standing case competitions is the Concordia University John Molson School of Business MBA International Case Competition, which brings together students from 25 universities around the world.
Partnership with Cando
To support opportunities for Indigenous youth through the Economic Development Youth Summit
Scholarships valued at $4,000 provided yearly
Partnership with AIESEC
To support global exchange experiences for students
Inclusion, diversity and equity at EDC
We are fostering a culture of inclusion that celebrates the diversity of our people and drives positive impact.