Industry supports local programs that help build strong, vibrant and healthy communities
In addition to providing economic contributions to communities through employment and supporting local businesses, the natural gas industry also provides funding to support local programs and initiatives that help build strong, vibrant and healthy communities. Each company has its own community investment strategy and may focus funding that supports projects in areas such as the arts, environment, education, and health.
Supporting Indigenous youth
Imperial supports Indigenous education through the National Aboriginal Outreach Program developed by Actua to improve youth interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
With support from Imperial, Actua delivers STEM programs to Indigenous youth across Canada and in the communities where Imperial employees live and work. In the eight years of their partnership with Actua, 200,000 youth have participated.
Community leadership and volunteeringCanadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural) has an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity that demonstrates their commitment to help build sustainable communities. Since 2002, Canadian Natural has contributed close to $1 million in funding and its employees have stepped-up to provide more than 4,000 volunteer hours to help build and renovate houses. For example, in 2014, Canadian Natural donated $110,000 to build a new house in the community of Redstone in Calgary, Alberta, while Canadian Natural employees also volunteered their time to help build the home. Canadian Natural also provided funding to other Habitat projects in the communities of Cold Lake, Edson, Hinton and Slave Lake, Alberta.
The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), whose members provide key services to the natural gas industry, developed a ‘Community Partners’ program. This industry-wide program focuses on local concerns related to oil and natural gas development such as dust, garbage, and noise. ‘Community Partners’ provides simple guidelines for behaviour that make it easy for contractors and employees to follow a standard set of guiding principles.
The guiding principles articulate the courteous behaviours expected of service company employees and contractors in the areas of:
- Roads and driving safely