Suncor and Suncor Energy Foundation announce additional RMWB flood recovery funds

Parts of downtown Fort McMurray suffered significant flood in the spring of 2020.

In April 2020, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) experienced its worst flooding in decades. Around 13,000 people were evacuated, and more than 1,200 structures damaged after ice jams formed on the Athabasca and Clearwater rivers. Suncor and its employees were quick to help.

Many residents, business owners and social profit agencies are still dealing with the aftermath of the flood, made worse by the devastating effects of COVID-19. In support of ongoing recovery efforts, Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) recently donated an additional $250,000 to some of the hardest-hit organizations.

Suncor President and CEO Mark Little sends a message of support and gratitude to the people of Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as they deal with the challenges created by the pandemic and the flooding and evacuation of their community.

We redirected funds and asked regional employees to vote for where they’d like to see us direct a $100,000 donation, with each agency receiving a share based on voting percentage. Here’s the results:

“This has been an incredibly difficult year for many of the organizations that support Fort McMurray and the region. Suncor is proud to continue to help them recover from the flood and maintain critical community services,” says Shelley Powell, senior vice president, Suncor Base Plant. 

Person helping with the RMWB recovery
Funds provided by Suncor will help support ongoing cleanup and repairs at the Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard. Photo courtesy of the Fort McMurray Heritage Society.)

In addition to maintaining its annual contributions to the region, SEF recently donated $150,000 to four organizations based on input from the community and Suncor employees living in Fort McMurray.

Some of the organizations who received funding shared how they were using the funds:

Funds provided by Suncor will go towards purchasing much-needed items such as socks, winter clothing, food, coffee, prescriptions, as well as office supplies. Thank you to Suncor and its employees for your ongoing support. We appreciate each of you for helping make the life of individuals experiencing homelessness a little easier.
Rosie Keating executive director, Centre of Hope
Fort McMurray has been through so much yet the support we saw during the flood and cleanup has been incredible. People just keep giving their time and help. Thank you is not enough, no words are. We are very grateful.
Tammy Plowman program and office manager, Fort McMurray Heritage Society
Suncor Energy Foundation – you have come forward to support The Salvation Army of Fort McMurray in such an amazing way and we are so grateful for this partnership and opportunity.
Edna Olsen-Moman executive director, Salvation Army of Fort McMurray
Like many, we were still recovering from COVID-19 when the flood stopped us in our tracks. What little revenue we had coming into the club once allowed to begin reduced operations completely stopped the day the flood hit. We’ve been surviving purely on volunteer hours and companies stepping up to help these kids.
Brad McCoy president, Norfort Gymnastics Club

Suncor’s initial response to the flood included supplying emergency services personnel and equipment, offering an employee to help build a berm to protect Heritage Village, and opening workcamps to house hundreds of evacuees. This includes a donation made by SEF of $50,000 and Petro-Canada’s $10,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Fort McMurray and Area Flood Fund. Suncor employees also chipped in to help with cleanup, as well as through donations, which were matched by Suncor and/or SEF.

Suncor and SEF are honoured to be connected to organizations and people like those listed above. Beyond support for flood recovery, the company and Foundation are proud to maintain ongoing relationships with many organizations in the region. While statistics are not yet available for 2020, the foundation has contributed more than $5.6 million in community donations and sponsorships in 2019.