Community investment program

Every year, we fund grassroots initiatives in communities where we live and work. We partner with community leaders who have passion, creativity and insights into the specific needs of their communities. And together we collaborate on developing innovative solutions uniquely suited to each community. That’s how we can help make a difference—one relationship and one community at a time.

Where we invest

We invest in four key areas because we believe that together, they help contribute to the well-being of BC’s communities:

  • 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
  • Indigenous initiatives – projects that meet the unique needs of Indigenous groups, organizations or communities
  • Environment – projects that directly benefit the environment

Who we’ve supported

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Darkwoods and the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Darkwoods is a rare inland temperate rainforest home to hundreds of fish, wildlife and plant species, including 39 confirmed species at risk. We contributed funds to help acquire some watershed land within the rainforest for the Nature Conservancy to preserve and study. We’re proud to play a small role in learning more about protecting important ecological areas in BC for years to come.

Photo credit: Bruce Krikby and the NCC

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Myra Bailout and the Friends of South Slope (FOSS)

Brad Wright, a retired FortisBC employee, volunteers with FOSS, a local organization that maintains a network of trails in southern Kelowna, the Traditional Territory of the Sylix (Okanagan) Peoples. As a long-time supporter of FOSS, we were thrilled to supply funds for the tools and equipment Brad and others will be able to use to maintain our adopted Myra Bailout trail. Learn how we’re helping more community groups protect and maintain BC’s trails.

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Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association

Horses and riders at the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA) now have a safer, more reliable outdoor riding arena. We got together and worked with several organizations that donated time, equipment and materials to resurface an outdoor arena, which provides therapeutic horseback riding programs to people with medically-diagnosed disabilities.

Watch our video.

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SHARE Family & Community Services

We spruced up the landscaping at a SHARE Family & Community Services seniors residence to make it a more beautiful place to live. We cleaned up the bushes, planted some flowerbeds and installed a walkway so that residents could be safer when walking through the garden area.

Watch our video.

FortisBC employees planting several hundred trees and bushes at the Stoney Creek Trail System in Burnaby. (19-067)

 

City of Burnaby Stoney Creek Trail

Eager to dig in and help the City of Burnaby, we planted about 350 native trees, ferns and shrubs along a decommissioned pathway in the Stoney Creek Trail system. These efforts helped restore a slope near a trail that had been eroding, while the native plants bring the creek area closer to its natural state.

Apply for community investment funding

Do you have a project or know of an organization that focuses on safety, education, Indigenous initiatives or the environment? We try to allocate community investment funds equitably across our service area and take into account any relevant existing sponsorship activities. We also consider providing employee volunteers where appropriate.

How to apply

To help us evaluate your request, complete the community investment application and email it to fortisbccommunityinvestment@fortisbc.com.

Please submit requests at least four weeks before your event or project. We’ll review your application and respond within 30 days.

  • organizations or initiatives normally funded through any level of government
  • advocacy groups (such as 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 (such as 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

Did you know?

We also support our employees giving back through community giving days and give where you live programs.