Every day, more than 350 people in Canada develop dementia, and by 2050, more than 1.7 million Canadians are expected to be living with it. With numbers like that, the support offered through organizations like the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories (ASANT) is critical, making them a strong candidate for support from the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation™.  

The Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation provides annual grants to Canadian charitable organizations committed to supporting family caregiving. This year, ASANT, with its work to provide advocacy, education and support for individuals living with dementia, including their families and caregivers, received a $100,000 grant from CareMakers.

“As the number of caregiving partners seeking our support grows annually, we recognize the profound impact of their journey in caring for individuals living with dementia,” says Dr. George Andrews, President, and CEO of ASANT. “The generous $100,000 commitment from the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation will enable us to extend crucial emotional, educational and navigational support to these dedicated individuals.”

CareMakers awarded a total of $2.4 million in grants to an additional 16 charitable organizations across Canada through its national grants and funding program to empower family caregivers and alleviate the systemic challenges that come with caregiving. The grant amounts vary based on each organization's project or program scope.

The 2024 national grant recipients are:

  • Canadian Medic-Alert Incorporated
  • Family Caregivers Society of British Columbia
  • Fondation Émergence Inc.
  • Hospice Toronto
  • Inclusion New Brunswick Inc.
  • Japanese Community Volunteers Association
  • Kids Brain Health Foundation
  • Saint Elizabeth Health Care
  • Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation
  • The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation
  • The Ontario Caregiver Organization
  • UHN Foundation
  • Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada
  • Wellspring Alberta
  • Young Caregivers Association

In addition to national grants, CareMakers also provides local grants to smaller organizations. Successful fundraising efforts led to a significant increase in the number of local grants CareMakers was able to award, almost doubling from 61 in 2022 to 110 in 2023.

Last year, Suncor employees raised $40,000 for the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation which directly contributes to CareMakers grants and making a positive impact within their communities.

To continue supporting the CareMakers Foundation and its vital initiatives, employees can set up automatic contributions from their pay through SunCares, ensuring consistent and ongoing support for CareMakers. They can also donate their Petro-Points™.

Launched in 2020, the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation creates awareness about family caregiving in Canada and inspires Canadians to help by raising funds to enable charitable organizations across the country to provide critical programs and resources for family caregivers.

CareMakers is a registered Canadian charity that receives contributions from Suncor, the proud owner of Petro-Canada™, as well as other corporate and individual donors. As its profile grows among Canadians, the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation™ continues to demonstrate Suncor’s purpose and complements our social investment activities.

Four people standing holding a large cheque
Members of the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories accept a grant cheque from Leila Fenc, Executive Director, Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation (second from right) and Pat Ritchie, VP of Sales and Marketing for Petro-Canada (right).