Being a caring company is a core value that leads us each and every day. Through our Community Investment Program, we support charities across the country with our time, knowledge and resources to enable meaningful change.
We have a proud tradition of supporting Canadian charitable and non-profit organizations through donations and sponsorships. In communities across our country we are bringing our spirit of giving to life and making a lasting impact on the lives of Canadians. Our community Investment program focuses in 3 key areas:
- Health Promotion – promoting healthy lifestyles to help prevent illness
- Health care delivery – helping people who require acute care or have chronic or life-threatening illness receive the care they need to improve their health and quality of life.
- Health Education and Advancement – Training and developing healthcare workers and advancing our knowledge of disease and effective treatment
Community Investment Program Guidelines
To ensure we allocate our funds responsibly and fairly, we review each request for funding support against our Community Investment Guidelines. We focus our giving in three key areas of healthcare – health promotion, healthcare delivery and health education & advancement – and support programs and project requests that:
- produce measurable results
- are fiscally sound and have strong management and accountability practices
- are under $5,000
- benefit communities where our employees live and work
- provide category exclusivity (i.e no other healthcare laboratories)
Funding grants, sponsorships and other forms of community giving are only made to organizations that are one of the following:
- registered charity with a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) number
- registered provincial non-profit society
- publicly funded educational institution
- publicly funded healthcare institution
LifeLabs has established limitations within our Community Investment Program and will not consider funding for the following:
- general operating costs
- capital campaigns
- for-profit organizations
- arts and cultural organizations
- sports teams, both professional and amateur
- travel costs, including student trips and tours
- educational programs not related to health or science
- projects or services outside of regions where we have operations
- organizations not registered as non-profit or charitable organizations
- political organizations
- organizations that restrict their services to members of a particular religion or ethnic group
- organizations that discriminate on the basis of colour, sex, religion, nationality, age, disability or sexual orientation
- organizations with a limited constituency, such as service clubs, fraternal organizations or labour organizations
- organizations that may in any way pose a conflict with our vision, values, goals, programs, products and services or employees
To apply for support, please complete the online application. Only applications submitted via this online tool will be reviewed.
We receive a large volume of requests over the course of the year and we only have a finite amount of funding. Please understand that applications that are strongly aligned to our criteria will be given priority consideration. If your request meets our guidelines, you can expect to receive a response within 4 – 6 weeks. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to requests that do not fit our criteria. We appreciate your understanding and wish you great success.
For any additional inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Organizations supported by the Community Investment Program
Helping dreams come true at the Special Olympics 2017 Summer Games
LifeLabs was a proud sponsor of the Healthy Athletes program at the Special Olympics 2017 Provincial Summer Games, which took place in Kamloops, BC, and in Ontario’s Peel Region. Our local employees volunteered their time to provide free health screenings and health education to over 1,000 athletes as part of the Special Olympics Health Program.
LifeLabs takes 3rd place in Heatwave volleyball tournament for SickKids Foundation
In May 2017, employees from across Ontario joined forces for the 8th annual Heatwave volleyball tournament to support paediatric cancer research at SickKids Hospital. “This was a really special community event as its success is entirely due to the excitement of the employees coming together as one team in support of a worthy cause,” says Jen Newsted, National Manager Community.