The Community & Us
Making a Difference
Equitable Bank and its employees are committed to doing our part in building a better society for all Canadians. If we can make a difference by helping one person at a time, we believe that difference will impact many in the long run.
Equitable Bank participates in many initiatives across Canada. From the arts to charity events to volunteer work, we strive to build stronger, more supportive communities. Discover more about all the different initiatives we’re involved in by reviewing our Public Accountability Statement.
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Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA)
The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA), an initiative of EQ Bank, supports digital innovation in Canadian art. The award is presented every year to an artist who demonstrates critical and creative thinking in their uses of digital technologies. The EDAA fosters experimentation in the work of emerging artists, builds on funding opportunities in digital media, and is part of our ongoing commitment to promote Canadian arts.
Ride for Heart
Equitable Bank rides in Canada's largest charity cycling event to fundraise and support research and programs to help eliminate heart disease and stroke. More than 300 Equitable employees, business partners and families hop on their bikes for the cause. In 2017, the bank helped raise $48,864.66!
Here are some other Initiatives Equitable Bank is happy to support.
Throughout the year, Equitable Bank employees volunteer to help serve freshly cooked meals at 40 Oaks in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. 40 Oaks is made up of affordable housing units and a community centre.
Madison Community Services
Equitable Bank provides ongoing financial and volunteer support to Madison Community Services, a registered charity working to promote the health, recovery and community integration of those with mental health challenges.
Through the Equitable Bank (EQB) Madison Education Bursary, Equitable directly supports individuals living with addiction and mental illness to pursue formal education or life skills development to foster independence.
Preparing lunches for Calgary school children
When Equitable's Calgary employees learned that one in 10 Canadian children live in poverty and may attend school without a lunch, they signed on with the Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids Society (BB4CK). BB4CK delivers more than 1,500 lunches a day to Calgary schools.
Montreal children's hospitals and charities
Equitable Bank helped raise more than $100,000 for Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, La Fondation de l'Hôpital Ste-Justine and other hospital charities at the Dankooz Golf Tournament.
JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research
The JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research is an annual multi-city bike ride of a different sort - teams ride on a stationary bike for seven minutes at a time, with each team member raising at least $150 to ride. All of the proceeds go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
ALS Plane Pull
A group from Equitable Bank pulled a 37,000 pound airplane across the Bombardier Aerospace runway in Toronto in benefit of ALS Canada. Our teams — there were 30 of us in total - were among the top five fundraisers at the event.
Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation
Equitable Bank has been the title sponsor of the Mount Sinai Hospital Classic Golf Tournament for 16 years running. Since its inception, the tournament has generated in excess of $4.5 million for research, patient care and medicine at the hospital.