At Toronto Pearson, we believe that being a good neighbour means balancing our operations by engaging with communities that surround the airport. We strive to have a positive impact by investing in social good and community-building initiatives through our community investment program, the Propeller Project.
The area surrounding Toronto Pearson is the second largest employment zone in Canada, second only to downtown Toronto. Yet, some of the neighbourhoods around the airport are facing unemployment rates higher than the provincial average. In an effort to address this complex issue, we launched the Uplift Fund. Through this fund, we will champion access to employment for our neighbours by supporting research, advocacy work and public-facing programs that enable local area residents to gain the skills, connections and opportunities to be meaningfully employed in communities near the airport and beyond.
The Propeller Project is a lead sponsor of a research initiative through Civic Action’s Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers program. Through this initiative, Civic Action will work with private sector employers to explore internal barriers to hiring young people and what can be done to overcome them. Civic Action plans to develop and share practical resources with employers to help them hire and retain young people.
The Propeller Project is a Catalyst sponsor of Scientists in School. Through our three-year partnership, over 10,000 students at 25 local area schools will experience Scientists in School’s half-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) enrichment workshops. Connecting youth with a world of discovery and experimentation, this partnership will encourage an active interest in STEM careers in this generation.
Many of our neighbours are doing meaningful work, and through the Nest Fund we support programs and organizations that have a positive impact on communities surrounding Toronto Pearson. This fund supports a select number of initiatives in local neighbourhoods that create stronger, healthier and happier communities with priorities in: environment, community vitality (eg. parks or playgrounds, community-building activities, accessibility enhancements) and employment.
Arts EtobicokeBig Brothers Big Sisters of PeelCivic ActionCommunity Foundation of MississaugaCommunity Foundation of OakvilleCultural Pluralism Movement of OntarioCultureLinkJunior Achievement Central OntarioLAB BLeave Out Violence Ontario
MLSE FoundationOgaden Somali Community Association of OntarioOntario Culture DaysScientists in SchoolSherbourne Health CentreTechsdaleToronto FoundationUNITY CharityVIBE ArtsVisions of Science Network for Learning
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