In the Community (Canada)

A young girl at the Homework Club.

Building strong, resilient communities together

Through our work in the community, Manulife wants to help more Canadians achieve their dreams and aspirations by investing in innovative programs that motivate and empower them to reach their wellness goals. 

Our goal is to inspire Canadians to make well-informed choices that help them live longer, healthier and more financially-secure lives.  This goal is core to our business values.  It is core to our social values as well. 

Focus Areas

Our community investments are focused in areas that are a natural extension of our business and that can make the greatest contribution to driving broad social change. Health and financial well-being are core to our business and top priorities for our stakeholders. Our community investments are focused on supporting innovative programs that promote well-being – both physical and financial.

Healthy, active living
We believe that a commitment to healthy, active living is essential to a long and happy life.  With a focus on prevention, we support innovative health and wellness initiatives that inspire and motivate Canadians to achieve and maintain a lifestyle that includes optimum physical activity and a healthy, well-balanced diet. 

Financial well-being
We know that feeling in control of one’s financial future is key to a person’s sense of belonging and well-being. We support initiatives that empower Canadians to gain the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to achieve economic mobility and success in today’s economy.  We give priority to innovative programs that inspire and support sustainable changes and choices that lead to long-term economic success.  

Apply Online

If your organization’s goals align with Manulife’s focus areas, we invite you to apply for funding:

The application  should take 20-30 minutes to complete. You will be informed by email about the status of your application.  

We require a minimum of three months lead time to consider sponsorship of dinners and fundraising events.

In Canada, Manulife does not fund:

  • Organizations outside of Canada, or Canadian-based organizations that would use funding for initiatives outside Canada
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation
  • Political or religious organizations
  • For profit organizations
  • Sports teams
  • Individuals or individual pursuits/fundraising activities
  • Lobby or special interest groups
  • Private schools, including private colleges or universities
  • Professional associations or societies
  • Service clubs
  • Private foundations
  • Tradeshows
  • Organizations supported by the United Way, as Manulife already provides substantial support to United Way through our annual giving campaign.

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