407 For Our Communities
At 407 ETR, we’re extremely proud to give back to the communities we serve in several ways. Our success heavily depends on the health and prosperity of the communities for those which we serve. Recognizing this, 407 For Our Communities is 407 ETR’s corporate social responsibility program that strives to make meaningful community investments in key areas. We believe these areas of focus are integral to the sustainable growth and long-term prosperity of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
- COVID-19 Road to Recovery
- Environmental Partnerships
- GTHA Hospital Donations
- Road Safety Initiatives
- Partnering with United Way
- Supporting Students
- Youth Sports Sponsorships
- Fundraising and Volunteering
- Connecting with Local Businesses
Supporting customers and our communities during COVID-19
$4 million donation to United Way's network of agencies in Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Toronto and York:
We’re proud to be United Way’s first corporate partner in Canada to make a multi-year commitment to help support the immediate needs of communities and the longer-term recovery of the people living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area from COVID-19. This 3-year partnership will help in 4 areas: food supply, isolated seniors, income/employment security and mental health. Check out the news release.
$1.2 million to GTHA Hospitals:
We’ve also donated $1.2 million to hospitals in the GTHA to help support their COVID-19 relief funds so they can secure PPE, medical equipment or supplies. These donations sent $50,000 to 24 hospitals across the highway and was in addition to our annual hospital donations to 19 hospitals.
Helping hospital staff:
As an act of our appreciation for hospital staff who continued to travel to-and-from work, we made an in-kind donation of over $300,000 in free 407 ETR travel for hospital staff in 24 hospitals across the GTHA.
Visit our COVID-19 page to learn more about the various ways we are helping customers and the communities we serve during COVID-19.
.@407ETR has been an amazing partner during the #COVID19 pandemic. They have generously donated $50,000 to help our staff have the tools they need & have also donated $12,500 in gift cards for our staff. Thank you for everything you are doing - we are #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/BkTqj47hN3— Markham Stouffville Hospital (@MSHospital) April 30, 2020
Keeping the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area beautiful through environmental partnerships
Protecting the environment so we can provide a clean and safe place for future generations is up to all of us. At 407 ETR, we do our part in many ways. We support incredible environmental organizations like Evergreen, Credit Valley Conservation Authority and A Greener Future so they can continue to operate critical environmental programs which help to make communities across the GTHA flourish.
We’re also proud to be the first corporate sponsor of the Credit Valley Trail Project, a beautiful 100-kilometre trail, which runs directly underneath the highway in Mississauga, Ontario.
Our environmental partners also help us in organizing volunteer opportunities for our staff to get their hands dirty during tree-planting and litter-cleanup events at nearby schools and parks.
Supporting GTHA hospitals along the corridor
Our health and happiness are two of the most important things in life. We thank the hospitals and broader healthcare institutions across the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area for their commitment to keeping us healthy.
Each year, 407 ETR donates to 19 hospitals & healthcare institutions across the highway corridor to help support their areas of greatest needs so they can continue to take great care of us.
Sending thanks to @407ETR for their gift of 250 $50 gift cards for our staff. So kind to receive these in addition to your annual gift to advance mental health. We're delighted to pass along your gratitude, and are now working to get these into the hands of our team. #community pic.twitter.com/KXe4KflTKe— Ontario Shores Fdn (@OntShoresFdn) March 30, 2020
Thank you to the 407 ETR!— APHfoundation (@aphfoundation1) April 28, 2020
This tremendous gift will help support the purchase of PPE equipment, patient critical care equipment and other items based on the needs of each hospital @LakeridgeHealth. https://t.co/Ep3YJt7aKe
Road Safety Initiatives
We're extremely proud to be the safety partner of Teens Learn to Drive and Accident Awareness. These amazing not-for-profit organizations teach the importance of safe driving to new and prospective drivers, as well as the parents of new drivers.
The Teens Learn to Drive team at 407 ETR headquarters during the #DriveLikeYouCare launch.
We’re a Platinum United Way Local Leader
We’re thrilled to be recognized at the highest level for United Way Greater Toronto’s Local Leaders List. Our employee donation match program matches, dollar for dollar, all employee donations throughout the year.
Our last campaign was a record-breaking year for us and raised a total of $133,281.38!
Thank you @407ETR for being the 1st Canadian organization to make a multi-year commitment to community in response to #COVID19. Your $4 million gift over 3 years will support the recovery and sustainability of communities and social services in the GTHA.https://t.co/lJmTe11mVK— United Way Greater Toronto (@UWGreaterTO) April 27, 2020
Supporting young minds in Education
Located minutes from the highway, staff and students at York University leverage the fast, safe and reliable choice to get to-and-from school everyday. We’ve supported York University each year since 2007 through scholarship funds and an annual $25,000 donation to Lassonde’s School of Engineering.
Youth Sports Sponsorships
Youth sports provides invaluable skills and benefits to our youth - living healthy lifestyles, building confidence, learning new skills and forming lasting friendships. We’re proud to sponsor over 175 youth sports teams each year in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area.
You’ll find at least one 407 ETR team in every city or town that the highway passes through.
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Driving employee fundraising, volunteerism & charity events
We love to get involved when it comes to supporting local events and charities. You might find us at the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Annual Ride for Heart, SickKids’ Icewave and Heatwave charity volleyball or softball tournaments, Canadian Cancer Society’s Golf-for-the-Cure or Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Annual Charity Golf Event, to name a few.
We encourage our staff to get involved with local charity events – so much that we match employee fundraising efforts and cover the registration fee at many of these events.
Each department is encouraged to go out into the community and spend a day (paid) volunteering at an organization of their choice. We’ve cultivated some amazing partnerships with great organizations across the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area through our employee volunteering opportunities.
One Big Day
One Big Day is our flagship employee volunteer day where we are fully devoted to volunteering at incredible not-for-profit organizations along the highway. From building furniture for furniture banks, helping out at shelters, preparing and delivering meals to those in need, mentoring youth, supporting senior’s residences and cleaning up litter in green spaces, there are plenty of things to keep roughly 400 employees busy!
Connecting with Local Businesses
We’re proud to be active members of local Board of Trade & Chamber of Commerce organizations across the entire highway, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.