Amazon Canada donates $3M to relief organizations supporting those affected by the COVID-19 crisis

Amazon Canada donates $3M to relief organizations supporting those affected by the COVID-19 crisis

Donation is a part of Amazon’s broader ongoing efforts to support customers, employees, and communities across the country and around the world

Amazon Canada today committed CAD$3 million to support those who are most affected by the COVID-19 crisis in Canada. This includes $1.5 million towards pandemic relief donations to the Canadian Red Cross, United Way Centraide Canada, and Food Banks Canada to support the critical work they are doing. In addition, we have created a $1.5 million fund to support local organizations in the communities where our employees live and work - from food banks to protective equipment for local hospitals.

This donation complements the existing work our teams are doing throughout Canada to support COVID-19 relief efforts, with teams across Amazon stepping up to assist locally:

  • Amazon is leveraging its fulfillment network and delivery service partners to ship critical supplies to front-line medical professionals across the country on behalf of the Government of Canada. Learn more here.
     
  • Our Fulfillment Centers across the country and our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Data Center Region in Montreal have been supporting community asks for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies for senior centers and hospitals, while Whole Foods Market Stores have made donations to local community partners.
     
  • Audible is keeping folks entertained with a variety of titles available for free including Giller Prize winners and hundreds of audiobooks suitable for family listening at home, across multiple languages. Amazon Music is also supporting a grant program for artists through the Unison Benevolent Fund.  
     
  • Amazon.ca has taken many steps to support businesses of all sizes impacted by COVID-19 –offering waiving certain fees, pausing loan repayments, providing regular updates and guidance via direct communication channels, and relaxing our policies around shipping-related performance metrics to mitigate impact on seller account health. Meanwhile, AWS is providing credits that help cover cloud costs while enabling organizations to quickly stand up and scale their tools and infrastructure to keep businesses running. AWS is also helping speed up COVID-19 research projects.

While we support the indispensable work of Canadian charities in this crisis, we will also continue to serve people around the world who rely on us to safely access essential goods and invest in protecting the health of our associates and partners, who thanks to their work are among the many heroes of this pandemic.

Amazon Canada employs more than 10,000 people across the country supporting Abe Books, Amazon.ca, Amazon Advertising, Amazon Music, Audible, AWS, AWS Thinkbox, Prime Video Canada, Whole Food Market Stores, and two development centers in Vancouver and Toronto.