• Propeller Project

    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.

    In 2016 and 2017 combined, Propeller Project invested over a million dollars into local community projects and initiatives focused on these areas below.

    Propeller Project Investment Focus

    View the full 2016-2017 Propeller Project summary.

    Uplift Fund

    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.

    Civic Action

    NPower Canada

    Through a partnership with NPower Canada, the Propeller Project is helping equip young adults in communities surrounding the airport with transferable job skills and connections to meaningful employment opportunities. NPower Canada launches youth into meaningful careers by providing free technical and professional training, paid internships, job placement and post hire support.

    Scientists in School

    Scientists in School

    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.

    Nest Fund

    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.

    Thank you for your interest in partnering with us. Our funding application cycle for 2018 is now closed. Please check back in 2019 for updated timelines.

    Review the Uplift Fund and Nest Fund project guidelines and eligibility.


    Some of our current partners


    From October to December, donations placed in the glass Propeller Project globes in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 will go towards the expansion of Etobicoke General Hospital.

    For questions about Toronto Pearson community investment and the Propeller Project, please contact propeller.project@gtaa.com.

    Propeller Project

    Making good things fly