In 2020, Suncor funded the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation to support family caregivers. One in four Canadians care for loved ones dealing with serious health conditions, and many struggle to maintain their own wellbeing and finances—they become invisible patients themselves, needing support and compassion.
The CareMakers Foundation launched two grant streams in 2021, investing $1.7 million to Canadian charities providing direct support to family caregivers at the national, provincial and community levels. That same year, the Foundation raised almost $5000,000 through fundraising initiatives to re-invest into the program.
Working with thought leaders, practitioners and caregivers, the CareMakers Foundation developed various e-learning resources to raise awareness about issues caregivers face, while encouraging a national conversation.
“The entire Petro-Canada team and extended family has rallied behind the creation of the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation—including our associates, vendors, employees and customers—and we’re proud to make a meaningful difference in the lives of family caregivers in Canada,” says Leila Fenc, director Petro-Canada Community Involvement and executive director of the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation.