Dow Canada invests $294,235 to support resilient communities in Alberta

Fort Saskatchewan, AB – Nov. 14, 2023 – Dow Canada is pleased to invest $294,235 in cumulative funding for non-profit organizations across Alberta’s Industrial Heartland region and Central Alberta.

The funding will support non-profit organizations to address the most pressing social needs in their communities – during the holiday season and in the new year.

Dow’s investments, which prioritize poverty alleviation, food security, and access to education and vital social programs, will be distributed to 14 non-profit organizations, including:

  • $169,347 for the United Way of Alberta’s Capital Region and $23,138 for the United Way of Central Alberta (Company and employee donations).
  • $25,875 for Families First Society.
  • $25,875 for the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank.
  • $10,000 for Beyond Food Community Hub (Blackfalds Food Bank).
  • $40,000 for the recipients of the 2023 Dow Canada Community Grants.

Earlier this year, Dow Canada received nearly 40 applications for funding as part of its Community Grants program. A Dow committee reviewed the applications and selected 10 non-profit initiatives to receive $4,000 each, including:

  • Fort Heritage Precinct – Community Exhibit Series
  • Fort Saskatchewan Trail Alliance – accessible winter trails
  • Fort Saskatchewan High School – GSA program
  • Fort Saskatchewan Public Library – Digital Literacy Lab
  • Next Steps Fort Saskatchewan – Foundations in Industry Workplace Safety course
  • St. Andre Bessette Catholic School – Cardinal Crunch Breakfast program
  • St. John Paul II Catholic High School – outdoor classroom
  • Strathcona County Robotics Association – youth robotics outreach
  • Clive Fire Department – firehall equipment and training program
  • Waskasoo Environmental Education Society – NatureSchool program

The Community Grants provide one-time funding for community projects that address local needs.

In addition to financial contributions, Dow staff will have opportunities to volunteer for these non-profit initiatives. Dow’s financial and volunteer contributions support the Company’s Global Citizenship goals, in partnership with local organizations.

Attributable quotes:

Don Cameron
Site Director of Alberta Operations, Vice-President of Dow Canada
“Dow is fortunate to call Alberta home for more than six decades. We take our responsibilities to the community to heart. As the holidays approach, it’s even more vital for us to support our non-profit partners, who are working on the frontlines to serve families and residents in need.”

Jacqueline Dagneau
Executive Director, Families First Society
“Families First Society has seen a 120 per cent increase in the usage of our subsidized mental health supports since 2021. Community investment makes it possible for our frontline programs to continue supporting the mental health and well-being of community members – so that everyone can feel safe and healthy, as well as a strong sense of belonging.”

Kassandra Gartner
Executive Director, Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank
“The Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank continues to meet a tangible need in our community. In 2022, we distributed 36 per cent more food hampers than the previous year. In 2023, this has increased by another 18 per cent and 139 new households have registered for our services. This funding will provide stability. It will allow us to grow our capacity to meet the community’s need for food security and increase access to fresh, healthy food in a compassionate and dignified manner.”

Chris Keim
Executive Director, Beyond Food Community Hub, Blackfalds
Investments like Dow’s will help the Beyond Food Community Hub continue operating our weekly lunchbox program and provide healthy and nutritious meals for nearly 300 children each week. This program has seen a 52 per cent increase this year, which demonstrates how urgently grant funding is needed for ensuring food security in our community.

About Dow Canada

Dow Canada, a subsidiary of Dow, employs approximately 850 people in Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Dow Canada has four manufacturing locations: Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss (Lacombe County) in Alberta and West Hill (Toronto) and St. Clair River (Corunna) in Ontario. Dow Canada’s Eastern Canada Regional Sales Centre is located in downtown Toronto. Dow produces polyethylene in Alberta. The St Clair River site modifies polyethylene and polypropylene. Both polyethylene and polypropylene products are used to make a broad range of innovative and technology-based products and solutions in the packaging, industrial and infrastructure, and consumer care industries. At the West Hill location, Dow manufactures water-based emulsions, which go into a variety of products, the biggest single application being latex paint. For more information, please visit

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Liu

Alana Seymour