Donations and Sponsorships
AMAPCEO has had a formal outreach and sponsorship program since 2011, in support of its long-standing strategic objectives of increasing our profile and building strategic alliances. This has been identified as an objective in AMAPCEO’s annual strategic plans dating back to approximately 2009.
In AMAPCEO’s current strategic plan “Building on a Strong Foundation” (2021–2025), the program is discussed as part of Cornerstone #3: Outreach.
AMAPCEO’s donations and sponsorship program focuses on organizations that provide:
- progressive, pro-public service and pro-union research and advocacy;
- opportunities for AMAPCEO to raise its profile among fellow trade unions and progressive organizations; and/or
- opportunities for AMAPCEO to influence future leaders and decision-makers.
AMAPCEO receives many more funding requests each year then it can support.
Donations and sponsorships are evaluated on an ongoing basis against AMAPCEO’s strategic objectives, including to what extend does the sponsorship or sponsored organization:
- provide progressive public policy research and shape public opinion in favour of astrong, independent, professional public service, economic fairness, and unions;
- help combat attacks on public services and workers;
- promote strong civil society organizations that are allies to public services and unions;
- provide education and development opportunities for leaders and activists; and/or
- provide opportunities to showcase AMAPCEO’s reputation as the union of choice for professionals.
AMAPCEO's Executive Committee or Board of Directors has approved the following donations and sponsorships.
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: $10,000
- The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario Office is one of the country’s leading progressive public policy think tanks. The Centre works to promote progressive economic and public policy proposals and media commentary. AMAPCEO first sponsored the Centre in 2013.
- Inside Out: $2,500
Inside Out is Ontario’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. Inside Out “Exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.” Due to COVID-19, much of Inside Out's programming this year will be virtual and available across Ontario.
- Labour Community Services: $1,500
- The Labour Education Centre is a project of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. The Centre provides educational resources and skills training, including employment services. This year, AMAPCEO sponsored the Bromley Armstrong Awards, an annual fundraiser for the Centre. The annual Bromley Armstrong Award Dinner recognizes the efforts of outstanding trade unionists working towards equity and human rights in the greater Toronto area. Named after veteran activist Bromley L. Armstrong, the award reflects his pioneering spirit in tackling racism and discrimination for over half a century.
- Mayworks Festival: $5,000
Mayworks Festival curates and presents artistically compelling projects through an annual multidisciplinary arts festival. Programming reflects the reality of working people’s lives and supports the struggles for better living and working conditions. The Festival works with a diverse community of activists, artists and workers who engage in creative and bold critical responses to pressing issues at the intersection of art, social justice and labour. AMAPCEO is co-presenting a screening of "9to5: The Story of a Movement" on Sunday, May 2 & Tuesday, May 4.
- Pearson Centre: $30,000
- The Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy describes itself as “Canada’s forum for progressive, centrist, and future-focused innovative ideas." Under the leadership of Chair Sandra Pupatello, the centre conducts research and advocacy to advance policy. AMAPCEO President Dave Bulmer is a regular panelist on Pearson Centre events.
- Progress Toronto: $5,000
Progress Toronto is a not-for-profit organization that advocates and organizes for a more democratic, socially just, and progressive city. Founded in 2018, Progress Toronto works to build democratic power by running and supporting issue-based campaigns that put progressive solutions onto the agenda.
- Toronto Community Benefits Network: $250
The Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN) is a 120 member community-labour coalition made up of trade unions, trades training centres, workforce development agencies, grassroots groups, and community organizations serving under-represented groups. The Network works closely with governments, employers and foundations. Founded in 2013, members of the TCBN coalition are committed to negotiating Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) to ensure that community members are accessing publicly-funded jobs resulting from infrastructure construction contracts, and that hiring targets for diverse groups are met. This year, AMAPCEO is sponsoring the Building Diversity Awards, which recognizes those contractors, unions, and individuals in Ontario that are leading the way by working together to increase the participation of Black, Indigenous, and racialized workers in the construction industry.
- Toronto & York Region Labour Council: $10,000
- The Toronto & York Region Labour Council is a central labour body that combines the strength of local unions representing 220,000 people who work in every sector of the economy. AMAPCEO is a proud sponsor of the Council's 150th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, the Council is gathering stories, photographs, timelines, music, and videos chronicling the labour movement's 150 years in the region.
This year, the Executive and the Board reallocated some funds saved due to the COVID-19 pandemic from event budgets to support community organizations with one-time humanitarian donations These donations are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- ACORN Toronto: $4,000
- Toronto ACORN is the largest chapter of the national advocacy group, whose work focuses on organizing low and moderate income people and tenants. ACORN is recognized in progressive circles as one of the most innovative and hard working organizing groups. ACORN is an important part of the fabric of progressive organizing in Ontario – a training ground for countless progressive organizers and advocates, and an ally to progressive causes and trade unions. ACORN has partnered with labour groups on the current “Fight for $15” and Keep Hydro Public campaigns, 2016’s successful campaign to stop the sale of Toronto Hydro, and on previous campaigns to save the Transit City Light Rail Plan and to increase the minimum wage to $10 among many others. This was the fourth year AMAPCEO provided funding.
- Asian Canadian Labour Association: $500
- The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) is a grassroots collective of labour activists that aim to represent the voice of Asian Canadian workers while challenging systemic discrimination and racism. They host a variety of educational events and join community allies to fight for change and injustice. ACLA celebrated their 20th year milestone. AMAPCEO provided sponsorship for the first time in 2020.
- Assaulted Women's Helpline: $5,000*
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee approved a one-time humanitarian donation to the Assaulted Women’s Helpline which offers 24-hour crisis support to all women in Ontario who have suffered abuse and require guidance and support. They provide counselling and emotional support along with connecting women with services through referrals.
- Broadbent Institute: $60,000
- The Broadbent Institute is Canada’s leading progressive public policy think tank and advocacy organization. Its mission is to provide progressive public policy options, counterbalance right wing narratives, and train future leaders. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Progress Summit, originally scheduled for March 2020 was postponed and the Progress Gala will be presented online on November 19, 2020. AMAPCEO has been a sponsor of the Institute since 2014, and this amount represents the second installment of a multi-year funding agreement.
- Canadian Labour International Film Festival: $500
- The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) premiered in 2009 as the “first-ever labouroriented film festival in Canada.” They provide an opportunity to showcase stories of workers who seek justice and dignity in their workplace. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CLIFF hosted a free virtual film festival. AMAPCEO is hosting a film screening of “Company Town” on November 23, 2020 at 7 PM.
- Community Food Centres Canada: $10,000*
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee approved a one-time humanitarian donation to Community Food Centres Canada which supports local community food banks to help eliminate poverty and food insecurity along with improving the health and well-being of low-income Canadians.
- East Asian Network Group: $450
- AMAPCEO provided funding for the 23rd Lunar New Year celebration held by the East Asian Network Group in February 2020. This OPS employee-engagement event was attended by AMAPCEO Board members and activists.
- Feed Ontario (Food Banks Canada): $10,000*
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee approved a one-time humanitarian donation to Feed Ontario (Food Banks Canada), which supports food banks across the province by “securing fresh and healthy food sources, to driving change through policy research and innovative programming.” Feed Ontario launched a new COVID-19 Emergency Food Box Program which provided crucial support to food banks during these challenging times. AMAPCEO’s timely contribution was able to assist with this program, which to date, has delivered over 100,000 boxes to those in need.
- Inside Out: $3,000
- Inside Out is Ontario’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. Inside Out “exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.” This was the third year AMAPCEO provided funding.
- Luke's Place (Shelter Service): $5,000*
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee approved a one-time humanitarian donation to Luke’s Place (Shelter Service), which provides shelter and resources to women and their children who are escaping an abusive environment while navigating the family law process.
- Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts: $2,000
- Mayworks Festival curates and presents artistically compelling projects through an annual multidisciplinary arts festival. Programming reflects the reality of working people’s lives and supports the struggles for better living and working conditions. The Festival works with a diverse community of activists, artists and workers who engage in creative and bold critical responses to pressing issues at the intersection of art, social justice and labour. AMAPCEO provided sponsorship for the first time in 2018.
- Ontario Association for Interval and Transition Houses: $20,000*
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee approved a one-time humanitarian donation to the Ontario Association for Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) which provides support and resources to approximately 80 shelters and transitional housing organizations across Ontario while advocating the end of gender based violence.
- Ontario Legislative Internship Programme: $10,000
- The Ontario Legislative Internship Programme (OLIP) is one of the leading paid internship programs in the country. Each year, up to 12 recent university graduates are selected for the programme. During the 10 month programme, they are placed for legislative internships with government and opposition MPPs, and have opportunities to travel to visit the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, the Legislative Assembly of the Yukon, and the British Parliament in London. Programme alumni frequently make careers in the public service, in elected office, in government relations and in academia. As part of AMAPCEO’s sponsorship, which began in 2011, we have an opportunity to meet with each year’s class of interns and discuss labour relations, unions, and public services.
- Progress Toronto: $5,500
- Progress Toronto is a not-for-profit organization that advocates and organizes for a more democratic, socially just, and progressive city. Founded in 2018, Progress Toronto works to build democratic power by running and supporting issue-based campaigns that put progressive solutions onto the agenda. In 2020, the Executive Committee voted to increase AMAPCEO’s sponsorship level to $5,500 in light of the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ryerson University - Centre for Labour-Management Relations: $25,000
- In 2017, AMAPCEO agreed to a two year partnership with Ryerson University’s Centre for Labour Management Relations (CLMR), to begin in 2018. AMAPCEO’s commitment is for $25,000 per year. The CLMR is housed in the Ted Rogers School of Business. The Centre “promotes collaborative, ethical, innovative, proactive and sustainable best practices for labour and management to work better together in a way that results in greater productivity and profitability for businesses, improved job and income security for workers, and decreased inequality and injustice for all of society.” In 2019, the Board approved the renewal of AMAPCEO’s commitment for a further three years. AMAPCEO President Dave Bulmer is an active member of the Centre’s Advisory Council.
- Toronto Environmental Alliance: $3,500
- Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is one of the City’s leading advocacy organizations. For more than 30 years, TEA has promoted an environmental agenda, and done so working with labour and 6 community partners. TEA’s work understands that good jobs and strong public services are essential to environmental advocacy and policy solutions. AMAPCEO has been a sponsor of TEA’s annual fundraiser in 2017 and 2018. In October 2019, the Executive voted to provide a three-year funding commitment of $3500 per year.
- TTCRiders: $250
- TTCriders is a grassroots, membership-based advocacy group of transit users. The organization is membership driven, and advocates for hiqh quality, publicly owned and operated transit. AMAPCEO provided a modest contribution in 2019 and 2020, in support of TTCRiders’ antiprivatization work.
- Women's Legal Education and Action Fund: $5,000
- The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) has a duel mission of providing public education and awareness of about substantive equality rights for women, and promoting equality through public-interest litigation. AMAPCEO was a sponsor of LEAF for the fifth time in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Persons Day fundraiser was postponed until 2021. LEAF will be hosting an online Speakers Series during the months of October, November, January and February. A group of AMAPCEO activists will be attending virtually.
- Yonge Street Mission: $10,000*
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee approved a one-time humanitarian donation to the Yonge Street Mission, Toronto’s busiest homeless food bank which “focuses on adults experiencing chronic poverty, street-involved youth, families in need, and community development.” They provide a variety of resources and support, including counselling, employment, and housing services. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been experiencing an increase of people requiring assistance.
- YWCA Toronto: $1,500
- The YWCA Toronto, a part of the national and international YWCA movement, is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. The YWCA provides support to women and girls fleeing violence, helps provide secure housing, find jobs and enhance skills. The YWCA is also engaged in systemic advocacy around public policy issues. Each year, the YWCA of Toronto hosts its “Women of Distinction” awards to honour women who are leading change in Toronto. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to postpone this major fundraising event until 2021. With the cancellation of most of their fundraising events, they 7 have suffered a significant lost of revenue which impacts their ability to provide the services and assistance to disadvantaged women and children.
In 2017, the AMAPCEO Board of Directors adopted a “Community Sponsorship” policy, designed to allow members and activists to seek funding for community initiatives. The policy is designed to encourage opportunities for increased member engagement and activism. Information about accessing Community Sponsorship funding, including the policy, is available at amapceo.on.ca/community-sponsorships (sign-in required).
AMAPCEO’s Executive Committee has approved the following requests for community sponsorship.
This year, some Districts / Communities also reallocated funds saved due to the COVID-19 pandemic from their local budgets to support community organizations.
- Out of the Cold: $1,000
- The 519 Community Centre: $666
- Centre on Independent Living Toronto: $666
- The Dream Legacy: $667
- Lionhearts - COVID-19 Street Project: $500
- Ottawa Food Bank: $500
- YWCA Crossroads Shelter: 500
- Afri-Can Food Basket: $1,000
- ACORN Toronto: $150
- Caregivers Action Centre: $115
- The CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals: $1,000
- FoodShare: $1,115
- Justice for Migrant Workers: $670
- Native Child and Family Services: $330
- Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care: $100
- Operation Christmas Cheer: $100
- Red Door Family Shelter: $650
- Sistering: $115
- The Stop Community Food Centre: $415
- Workers' Action Centre: $200
- Daily Bread Food Bank: $680
- Evangel Mission: $250
- North York / Newmarket / Aurora
- North York Harvest Food Bank: $1,000
- Anishnawabe Health Foundation: $2,000
- Sistering: $500
- Woodland Cultural Centre - Save the Evidence Campaign: $500
- St Clair
Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services: $500
Dream Legacy Foundation: $500
- North Bay
- BAYSAR Air Search and Rescue: $250
- Hope Awaits Homeless Shelter: $150
- Nipissing Serenity Hospice: $160
- Sault Ste Marie
- Sault Ste Marie Soup Kitchen: $1,000
- Genevra House: $250
- Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines' Children's Holiday Party: $250
- Pregnancy Care Centre and Infant Food Book: $500
- Thunder Bay
- Isthmus Thunder Bay: $200
- Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario: $200
- Shelter House - Thunder Bay: $200
- The Underground Gym and Youth Centre: $500
- Indigenous Climate Action: $1,000
- YWCA Toronto: $1,000
- Anishnabeg Outreach - Spirit Bundles Initiative: $670
- A Little Relief: $330
- Halton / Peel / Barrie / Penetanguishene / Muskoka
- The Shoebox Project: $1,000
- Hamilton / Burlington
- The Raw Carrot: $1,000
- London Cares: $350
- London Community Foundation: $400
- Meals on Wheels London: $350
- St. Catharines / Niagara Region
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North and West Niagara: $350
- Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold: $650
- The Downtown Mission: $300
- Windsor Community Pride: $350
- The Windsor Goodfellows: $350