Community Donations Programs
Our Community Donations Program funds charitable organizations delivering innovative community programs. We focus our charitable giving on four areas:
Preference is given to organizations that are registered charities, provide provincial or significant regional coverage, and have measurable impacts and achievements.
The following are not eligible for support:
Religious organizations for sacred or sectarian purposes
Political parties, ridings, associations, and candidates
Commercial and/or third-party fundraising initiatives.
How do I apply?
There are three steps to submit a donation request:
Ensure that your organization or project aligns with the criteria above
Read our application guide so that you can assemble and prepare the information you will require to apply through our easy-to-use online application form
Open our online application form, complete and submit it.
Once you apply
When you submit your completed online application, you'll receive an email confirming receipt of your request. Once we complete a preliminary review of your application, we'll update you on the status of your request by email within 30 business days of your submission.
Due to the large volume of requests we receive, email is the best method of keeping you up-to-date with the status of your request.
We support a variety of innovative programs through our Charitable Partners initiative. These programs fall under one of three categories: energy education, safety and injury prevention, and community. See below for an overview of our investments:
Hydro One - Community College Consortium
In 2007, we partnered with four Ontario Colleges to attract and educate the future employees of the utility sector. This award-winning partnership is an innovative solution to the province’s looming skills shortage that provides graduates with the skills and experience the industry requires to prepare them for the modern workforce.
We're contributing a total of $3 million for scholarships, program development, and equipment over four years to Algonquin College, Georgian College, Mohawk College, and Northern College for programs that will educate students as technicians, technologists, and tradespeople in the electricity sector. In addition to scholarships and equipment donation, the multi-year initiative will include funding for curriculum development.
Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies as first career options to youth.
We proudly sponsor the growth and development of "Skills Work!® For Youth" Employability Skills Camps, a summer day camp which provides young students with hands-on activities. In addition, we support the "Skills Work!® For Women" Networking Dinner, which allows young women interested in the skilled trades to meet women working in the trades.
The Ontario Science Centre is the largest museum-based education program provider in Canada, with over 240,000 students from over 2,000 schools taking part in their school programs each year.
We're proud to support Professional Development Programs at the Ontario Science Centre. We believe that our support for these education initiatives is a natural fit with the Science Centre’s mandate of science and technology education. These programs offer educators a chance to participate in hands-on demonstrations and discussions, and to take these lessons back to the classroom.
Scientists in School is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire greater understanding and interest in science and technology, and to increase environmental awareness in young children. Scientists in School’s goals are accomplished through half-day classroom programs in which enthusiastic scientists guide elementary students through exciting, hands-on, investigative science activities.
We have been a proud supporter of these programs since 2002, and have expanded these innovative programs to regions across Ontario and into our communities, reaching approximately 450,000 students annually.
Let’s Talk Science develops and delivers innovative science-based learning programs that improve science literacy in Canada. Our support allows Let’s Talk Science to extend its Partnership Program to Ontario colleges. This enables college students to provide meaningful science literacy outreach opportunities to children, helping them gain an increased interest of science, engineering and technology, and also discover the rewarding career choices that lie ahead.
The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is an academic centre of excellence, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto that, in partnership with its communities, ensures a full range of high quality, values-based, patient-centred services and is a leader in women's health.
One such service is the Hydro One supported establishment of a Chair in Electrical Injury in the Ross Tilley Burn Unit. This position is permanently endowed to support academic leadership and best practices for treatment in the field of electrical injury.
The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation of Canada is a national charitable organization with a mission to promote health and empower Canadians to save lives, through CPR training, early defibrillation programs, paramedic systems, and through establishing mandatory high school CPR training across Canada.
Hydro One has been a provincial funding partner of ACT Foundation’s CPR High School Training Programs since 2000, and has assisted in the expansion of these programs across the province.
Buckle Up, Look First, Wear the Gear, Get Trained, Drive Sober. SMARTRISK is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. We have been a supporter of SMARTRISK since 2000. SMARTRISK recently joined with Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, and ThinkFirst Canada to create Parachute, a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injury and saving lives. Parachute’s injury prevention programming and advocacy efforts are designed to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury while enjoying long lives lived to the fullest.