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Community investment

We’re proud of our history of service to B.C. communities.

Every year, FortisBC provides funding for a variety of community initiatives that work towards improving our communities as giving back is an important part of creating a sustainable future for British Columbians. We strive to have a lasting positive impact in the communities in which we operate by supporting projects that focus on safety, education, environment or Indigenous initiatives.

As part of our investment in communities, we organize Community Giving Days that provide support to community projects through financial contributions and FortisBC employee volunteer efforts. We strongly support the active involvement of our employees in their communities through volunteering their time and energy towards making local communities a bright place.

Our four pillars of Community Investment are:

  • Safety – projects that promote gas and electrical safety, personal safety and accident avoidance
  • Education – projects that promote gas and electrical trades, literacy or skill, and/or leadership
  • Environment – projects that directly benefit the environment
  • Indigenous initiatives – projects that meet the unique needs of Indigenous groups, organizations or communities

We give where we live and work

Watch our video to learn how we give back to the communities where we live and work. 

 

Here are a few of the organizations we have supported. 

​Grand Forks Search & Rescue

We provided funding to the Grand Forks Search & Rescue (SAR) organization for two full sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) for swiftwater and flat ice rescue. This equipment was essential during the recent flooding in Grand Forks, when fully outfitted SAR members were ready to respond to the emergency. Get the details.

 

North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Program

The North Kootenay Lake Water Monitoring Program (NKLWMP) volunteers will have less of a burden—at least, for a shorter duration—when accessing high elevation snowpacks to conduct research. NKLWMP will use a new snow tube purchased with support from FortisBC’s Community Investment program to collect core samples from snowpacks in the North Kootenay watershed that will be analyzed by hydrologists. The information gathered from sampling the core of the snowpack in the Kootenay region, in addition to basic climate data such as temperature and precipitation, can help researchers predict stream flow volume, freshet timing, low-flow duration and flood potential. Learn more.

 

​Okanagan College – Vernon Trades Training Centre

FortisBC contributed to the new Vernon campus Trades Training Centre. The support will provide students with some state-of-the-art equipment and help the College deliver training on the latest techniques in energy efficient construction.  Read on.

 

Read our blog or view our corporate report to learn how we gave back to communities where we live and work.

 

 

Community Investment Guidelines

Apply for funding

​We consider requests in one or more of the following categories:

  • Safety – projects that promote natural gas and electrical safety, personal safety and accident avoidance 
  • Education – projects that promote natural gas and electrical trades, literacy, and leadership
  • Environment – projects that directly benefit the environment
  • Indigenous initiatives – projects that meet the unique needs of Indigenous communities
Limitations or exclusions
  • organizations or initiatives normally funded through any level of government
  • advocacy groups (e.g. social, political, religious, economic, fraternal or labour organizations)
  • sports teams, events or individual sports/athletic pursuits 
  • conventions/conferences not related to FortisBC
  • projects located outside the FortisBC service areas
  • parent advisory councils (PAC)
  • third-party fundraising events (e.g. golf tournaments raising money for a local charity)
  • operating costs (salaries, rent, service fees, advertising costs, travel costs for individuals or groups etc.)
  • reducing or donating the cost of gas/electricity services
Application process

​FortisBC receives hundreds of requests for donations or sponsorship support each year. We allocate community funding equitably across our service area and take into account any relevant existing sponsorship activities. Consideration is also given to providing volunteers where appropriate.

To help us evaluate opportunities, requests need to be submitted four weeks before your event, using the FortisBC Request Application form. Applicants can expect a response within 30 days.

Please email us at fortisbccommunityinvestment@fortisbc.com.