Propeller Project

The Propeller Project provides funding to local non-profit organizations that focus on helping residents gain the skills, connections and opportunities needed to be meaningfully employed. By supporting organizations and initiatives that include research, advocacy and programming in the employment sector, we are helping to address the complex issues of underemployment in our region.

The Propeller Project also supports good work that make our communities thrive. Through eco-related projects in local parks, to arts and culture placemaking activities, together with charitable organizations we are helping to create stronger, healthier and happier communities.

Types of Propeller Project investments

We invest in programs, research and advocacy initiatives through our Uplift Fund, that address the issue of underemployment to help area residents gain the skills, connections and opportunities to be meaningfully employed.

The Propeller Project also supports organizations through the Nest Fund, to support organizations in the community that are dedicated to enhancing community life, with a focus on environmental sustainability and community vitality.

We invest in people in communities through partnerships that support:

  • Arts and environmental initiatives that build community
  • Skills development
  • Certification and employment training
  • Mentorship programs
  • Career development
  • Research and advocacy


In 2018, the Propeller Project invested over one million dollars in community projects through partnerships with 24 organizations within Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. We're proud of our partnerships and the positive impact we're making together in communities around the airport.

Uplift Fund

Through the Uplift Fund, Toronto Pearson is committed to support local area residents to gain the skills, connections and opportunities to be meaningfully employed. This funding stream supports research, advocacy and program projects focused on understanding, addressing, and reducing underemployment. 

Nest Fund

Through the Nest Fund we support programs and organizations that will have a positive impact on communities surrounding Toronto Pearson. This funding stream assists a select number of initiatives in local neighbourhoods that create stronger, healthier and happier communities with priorities in:

  • Environment: partnerships focusing on promoting environmental sustainability and “green” initiatives.
  • Community vitality: partnerships that create a sense of belonging through initiatives such as arts and culture, placemaking and city building.
  • Employment: partnerships that focus on job readiness, meaningful employment and pathways to opportunities.

Propeller Project investments

Learn more about some of our Propeller Project partners:

NPower Canada

NPower Canada launches underserved young adults into meaningful and sustainable careers by providing free technical and professional training, paid internships, job placement and post-hire support. The program provides participants with free in-demand digital and professional skills training and connects them to career opportunities with some of Canada’s largest employers.

Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending (formerly Immigrant Access Fund) supports immigrants, including refugees, who arrive in our country equipped with excellent professional skills and knowledge but face significant barriers to employment. Windmill Microlending provides micro loans of up to $10,000 to internationally trained immigrants so they can obtain the Canadian licensing or training they need to work in their field.


MABELLEarts is an award-winning community arts organization in Central Etobicoke. Since 2007, MABELLEarts has worked with over 100 professional artists and over 4000 community members of all ages and backgrounds to create performances, workshops and events that unlock the creative potential of neglected public spaces. Recently, MABELLEarts has taken a leading role in developing programs geared at providing unemployed and underemployed newcomers in the Mabelle community with opportunities to take part in micro-business and community leadership skills training.

ACCES Employment

ACCES Employment helps bridge the gap to meaningful employment for members of the local community. Our support of ACCES Employment is something we are proud to stand behind and we’re excited to help continue to bridge the gap to meaningful employment for members of the local community.  

Contact us

For questions about Toronto Pearson community investment and the Propeller Project, please contact

Review the Propeller Project guidelines and eligibility (PDF, 465 KB).

Please note that applications for the Uplift and Nest Funds are currently closed. Please check back for updated timelines.

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