Employee Volunteering & Philanthropy

Employee Volunteering & Philanthropy

At McKesson Canada, we are committed to helping improve patients' lives by inspiring our employees, investing in our communities, and caring for our planet. Whether it's organizing a food drive or creating comfort kits for cancer patients, we believe that by sharing our time and talent, our employees can help make a difference in improving a patient's life.

  • A Focus on Cancer Care

  • Recognizing Oustanding Service to Communities

  • Supporting Local and Global Communities

McKesson Foundation Programs



McKesson Foundation Programs 

McKesson Foundation Programs

A Focus on Cancer Support

Community Days

Employees are encouraged to participate in coordinated group volunteer projects across the country with fellow McKesson Canada employees, furthering the impact of our giving beyond cash and strengthening our commitment to nonprofit organizations in the communities where we live and work.



McKesson in Motion

A charity step challenge, McKesson in Motion aligns with the Foundation’s employee-driven grantmaking strategy. Each participating employee earns a grant for the Foundation’s Cancer Care Community Partners. A friendly competition among business units promoted additional grants. In FY17, the program’s inaugural year, more than 14,000 employees took 3.8 billion steps, earning $200,000 in grants in Canada and the US. Participants also earned points through McKesson’s ilive wellness program.


Recognizing Oustandind Service to Communities

We are proud to recognize employees who build stronger communities, at the workplace and in their cities and towns.

McKesson Community Heroes
The Community Heroes of the Year Award recognizes outstanding employee volunteers. We selected McKesson Community Heroes in three categories:

  • Better Health for Our Communities: Exemplary efforts for organizations and causes that strengthen our local and global communities and our workplaces.

  • Better Health for Patients: Exemplary efforts for the health and well-being of patients. We especially welcome stories highlighting cancer support, our Foundation’s focus area.

  • Better Health for Our Planet: Exemplary efforts to support environmental awareness, conservation or sustainable living in our workplaces, our homes or our towns.

Along with the honor, each recipient receives a grant for the nonprofit organization of their choice.

Supporting Local and Global Communities

We build healthier communities by supporting the causes that matter most to our employees.

Matching Gifts

Gifts made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations are matched dollar for dollar by the McKesson Foundation, up to a total of $2,500 USD per employee, per fiscal year.

Volunteer Grants and Board Service Grants

Both programs promote employee participation at nonprofit organizations by providing grants linked to individual volunteer involvement.

Team Building Service Grants

Employees who volunteer as a group at a nonprofit organization as part of a team building exercise, can earn grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 USD for the nonprofit. 

Regional Volunteer Chairpersons

In McKesson Canada locations across the country, employee volunteers serve as Regional Volunteer Chairpersons (RVCs). These RVCs have volunteered to serve in a leadership capacity in their area to motivate employee volunteers and organize group volunteer activities.

Scholarships for Employees’ Children

Each year, the McKesson Foundation Scholarship Program provides college scholarships for the children of permanent, part-time (30+ hours) or full-time McKesson employees based in Canada and the U.S. In FY17, the Foundation awarded 30 four-year scholarships in the amount of $2,500 per year. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, activities and awards, and a counselor’s recommendation. Household income is also taken into account. Applications are accepted online starting March 15 of each year.

When a Wildfire Struck Fort McMurray


When a Wildfire Struck Fort McMurray

A wildfire drove 88,000 Canadians from their homes. We worked with local officials and our customer to make sure displaced residents got the medications they needed.

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