No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another. — Charles Dickens

Our programs

The Air Canada Foundation is committed to giving back to children and the community through various programs and partnerships. Our financial support helps provide pediatric hospitals with the equipment they need and encourages programs with our partners. Through Aeroplan Mile donations, we are able to sustain our Hospital Transportation Program. And, by providing airline tickets to more than 275 charities throughout the year, we enable other charities to reach their fundraising goals, all within our main mission of helping children.

Below is an overview of our main programs.

Hospital Transportation Program

This program allows Aeroplan members to make a real impact on children’s lives. Donated Aeroplan Miles contribute to transporting children across Canada seeking advanced medical treatment not offered in their community.

Every Bit Counts

One of the Air Canada Foundation’s main fundraising initiatives is the Every Bit Counts program. Through onboard currency donations of any denomination, the funds collected are redistributed to a designated charity. The 2019 recipients are the Children's Miracle Network Canada member hospitals. Any quantity is welcomed, because every bit counts!

Wings of Courage

Bringing the flight deck visits to pediatric hospitals, Air Canada pilots spend the day with children fighting various illnesses to encourage them on their journey. Each child is presented with a “Wings of Courage” medal and an Honorary Pilot certificate in recognition of their bravery.

AC Fan Flight

The Air Canada Fan Flight program provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for hockey and basketball fans. It rewards and celebrates deserving children who are making a mark in their community.

Humanitarian Support

The Air Canada Foundation is committed to providing humanitarian support in times of crisis to Canadian organizations operating domestically and internationally.

Closest to the Pin

This is one of our latest programs to support organizations specifically on the golf course. We help them make their events a “Hole in one!”

How can you help?