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Giving youth a chance

Giving youth a chance

Our community investment strategy reflects our business, and the nature of our business is long term. That’s why we believe it’s important to invest in youth.

We support initiatives that help increase literacy rates, encourage healthy lifestyles, and provide skills and experiences that motivate and inspire youth. This gives them a chance at a strong, vibrant and healthy future.


Cenovus is a partner of Calgary Reads, whose mandate is to collaborate with schools, families, professionals and community partners to support, facilitate and advocate for early literacy. We support the Calgary Reads Book Bank - a partnership between Calgary Reads, the Calgary Food Bank and other community services that work to increase the distribution of books to children ages 0-8, resulting in increased ownership of books in the home. Research shows that having books in the home is positively correlated with higher reading levels. Last year, over 20,000 books were delivered through the Calgary Reads Book Bank.

To learn more, visit Calgary Reads – Book Bank Initiative.

Cenovus has supported the Young Alberta Book Society since 2010 to deliver the Cenovus Wordpower Author Tour, bringing literary artists to schools in northern Alberta. Each year, the program reaches over 60 schools and involves students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The literary artists are all from Alberta and are published children’s authors, illustrators or professional storytellers. The presenters share their skills and experience through in-classroom sessions that promote literacy and a love of reading while educating students on topics such as sky science, history, and political cartooning. In addition to their daily school visits, the artists also present several evening sessions at local libraries for the wider community.

To learn more, visit Young Alberta Book Society.

Healthy lifestyles

Cenovus and the Edmonton Oilers have launched Energize Oil Country in an effort to improve the health and well-being of young people in Grades 1 to 9 across the province. The program is now in its fourth year and encourages youth to stay active in and out of school by challenging them to complete 60 minutes of physical activity each day and track progress in their Energy Logs. The program runs for 10 weeks from January through mid-March in schools across Alberta.

This past season, more than 9,900 students from 420 classrooms in 85 communities across Oil Country participated in the program, a 13 percent increase from the previous season.

To learn more, visit Energize Oil Country.

Cenovus supports the HeartMath program, a collaborative project that is part of the Healthy Schools Initiative through Alberta Education. HeartMath is used to regulate emotional states to help students better handle stress and anxiety. Research has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in academic performance, attitudes and behaviours, resilience and motivation. The program is launching in schools in Northeast Alberta in the fall of 2018.

To learn more, visit Northern Lights Health Foundation.

Cenovus has been a long-time partner with Community Kitchen – an organization that works cooperatively with individuals, families and communities to facilitate and/or enable initiatives that reduce hunger. By addressing this need, participants have enhanced capacity to acquire skills in preparing affordable meals, providing fresh produce and developing sound economic management practices. Our support is directed at two programs:

  • Souper Stars - teaching elementary students in grades 4 to 6 how to attain a safer and healthier lifestyle
  • Tummy Tamers - a hot lunch program through the summer months

Our staff also regularly volunteer with Community Kitchen, helping to prepare Good Food Boxes for families to purchase nutritious food and produce at a low cost.

To learn more, visit Community Kitchen Program of Calgary.

Hunger can have a devastating impact on a child’s physical, emotional and social health, and also delay academic performance. That’s why we partner with I Can for Kids Foundation.

With the cooperation of dedicated community and agency partners, I Can for Kids provides child-friendly food packs and other nutritious items to hungry kids during the summer months when school nutrition programs are inaccessible. Last summer, they provided over 36,000 meals to hungry kids across the city.

To learn more, visit I Can for Kids Foundation.

Skill building

Campus Calgary / Open Minds is an innovative school program that brings the classroom experience to vibrant community settings. Teachers, students and community experts come together for a week-long curriculum-based experience, designed to meet the needs of each individual learner. The result is a catalyst for learning activities throughout the year that inspire and promote critical thinking and problem solving.

Cenovus supports four campuses:

  • Healthy Living School – focuses on ways active living contributes to a vibrant community
  • Library School – fosters the love of literacy and learning
  • Stampede School – cultivates appreciation of western heritage and values and Indigenous culture
  • Tinker School – exposes students to technology like coding and robotics

To learn more, visit Campus Calgary - Open Minds.

Inside Education is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping teachers and students to better understand the science, technology and issues related to our environment and natural resources. Since 2009, Cenovus has provided funding for the energy and environmental education program that reaches over 5,000 students and teachers each year in K-12 classrooms across Alberta. Beyond our ongoing financial support, in 2019 staff across Cenovus actively participated in Inside Education’s annual youth summits, including the Generate Provincial Youth Summit, the Alberta Boreal Careers Project and the Calgary Climate Change Youth Summit that we hosted at our headquarters in Calgary. We also hosted a tour for Alberta teachers of our Christina Lake oil sands facility.