What we do
Involved in our communities
The Air Canada Foundation is involved in a broad range of initiatives that improve the lives of children and youth. We regularly transport children requiring specialized medical attention to the pediatric facilities best suited to their needs. We enable children to realize their dream; we provide humanitarian support when disaster occurs in the world. From collecting change in airports and onboard all Air Canada flights, to visiting hospitals; we're helping young people in ways large and small. To ensure a broader reach the Air Canada Foundation also contributes to the fundraising efforts of a wide-range of national and grass-root charities that work with children and that have a mission that falls within the Air Canada Foundation mandate, like:
Supporting Children with Special Needs
Air Canada supports several charitable organizations that address the needs of children living with disabilities including Reach for the Rainbow, Camp Health, Hope and Happiness, the Down Syndrome Research Foundation of Canada and various chapters of the Easter Seals Society. Several of these organizations provide a variety of specialized recreational programs enabling children, youth and young adults living with disabilities to socialize and interact with their peers as equals. Additionally some of these organizations and other supported continue to offer programs and services to assist these children and youth achieve a great level of acceptance and independence as well as offer respite programs.
Breakfast Clubs of Canada
The Air Canada Foundation supports the efforts of the Breakfast Clubs of Canada in developing new programs across the country, including with First Nations communities across Canada, ensuring that all children start their day on a full stomach.
Children’s Miracle Network
The Air Canada Foundation supports Children’s Miracle Network and its affiliated member hospitals in their fundraising efforts and helps bridge the gap between communities and medical expertise to provide comfort and services to more than two million children each year.
Dreams Take Flight (DTF)
Dreams Take Flight is a charitable organization founded and driven by Air Canada employees and retirees. DTF, with the support of the Air Canada Foundation enables thousands of children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds to experience an all-expense paid magical day at Disney. Since its inception in 1989, over 10,000 children have benefited from Dreams Take Flight.
Free The Children
Free The Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education. The Air Canada Foundation recognizes the power of youth and their desire to make a better world. Free The Children We Day is one way Air Canada supports the movement.
Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada
Starlight provides an impressive array of both in-hospital and outpatient programs and services dedicated to improving the quality of life of seriously ill children. The Air Canada Foundation is proud to partner with Starlight by supporting their efforts in realizing children’s wishes and fundraising efforts.