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Suncor’s 2020 Report on Sustainability – Petro-Canada’s Contribution

In July, Suncor, proud owner of Petro-Canada, released its Report on Sustainability 2020. The Report, which has been published for 25 years, showcases Suncor’s progress on its sustainability performance and identifies areas of opportunity in environmental stewardship and working with communities.

Petro-Canada plays a role in two key areas in Suncor’s sustainability performance:

  • Contributing to Canada’s low carbon energy future through our EV fast charge network
  • Strengthening relationships with Indigenous businesses and communities

EV Petro-Canada

Our EV fast charge network
In 2019, we completed Canada’s Electric Highway™, a coast-to-coast electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network spanning more than 50 Petro-Canada locations. These sites are positioned no further than 250 kilometres apart and provide universal charging options to a variety of electric vehicles. We invested in level three direct-current fast chargers, a step-change technology that is built beyond the needs of today’s EV technology and positioned for the future of EV charging in Canada.

Siksika Petro-Canada

Strengthening relationships with Indigenous businesses and communities
As of 2019, there are 48 Petro-Canada retail and wholesale marketing arrangements with Indigenous communities across the country, surpassing the 2025 target of 40 that we had originally set [link]. One of these sites is in the Siksika First Nation where the first EV fast chargers on a First Nation in Canada installed last year. You can check out the recorded live stream from the opening as well as an interview with Corey White, the manager of the Siksika Petro-Canada.

You can download the full Report on Sustainability 2020 [PDF] or Suncor’s Climate Risk Report [PDF] to learn more about these initiatives as well as Suncor’s progress on additional environmental and social commitments.

~Rose R.


Supporting Canadians and Our Communities

My neighbourhood is full of heroes. Not just first responders. But ordinary people just quietly doing amazing things. My neighbour has her sewing machine going regularly, making cloth face masks and dropping them off to friends and folks in the 'hood. Another neighbour regularly checks with everyone in our strata to see if anyone needs anything when he makes his run to the grocery or hardware store.

Be Kind

Every community in Canada has stories like this: everyday Canadians who are supporting essential work through small acts of kindness. As active members of their local communities, Petro-Canada associates have brought a number of these stories forward and have asked what they can do to support them.

So, Petro-Canada empowered all associates across our more than 1,750 stations with a $3 million investment to help them and their own front-line staff say ‘thank you’ to Canadians who are doing their part during COVID-19. Each community is different and has different needs, so we left it up to them; associates decided how best to support their own local community.

The following are a few examples of the stories that associates shared with us and the contributions that they made to their communities.

Toronto, ON
Sukhwinder Singh knows how hard this crisis has hit families, with many people struggling to put food on their plates. That’s why he and his team rallied together and donated $15,000 worth of food to the North York Harvest Food Bank in Toronto.

Edmonton, AB
In Edmonton, a group of Petro-Canada Associates worked together to donate over $9,000 in Petro-Canada gift cards, 350 Fuel Savings Cards, and hundreds of gift baskets to nurses at 10 healthcare centres in their communities.

Calgary, AB
Raj wanted to give families some much needed fun. So she worked with her team to donate toys, activities, and household items to The Children’s Cottage Society in Calgary. Bringing families joy is just one of the reasons we’re empowering Associates across Canada to give back.

Western Canada
The team at Dandy Oil, proud operators of Petro-Pass locations in Fort Saskatchewan, Acheson, Westlock, Edson and Drayton Valley, knows how essential truckers are to Canada. That’s why they gave truckers heartfelt notes attached to care packages thanking them for delivering Canadians everything they need.

 

 

Our associates went above and beyond and were able support the communities where they live and work every day. You can find more stories from our teams across the country on our Facebook and Instagram.

~ Rose R.


Road-tripping Safely this Summer

Last weekend, I went on a picnic for the first time in what seems like a million years. And as you can imagine, the process for heading out on a simple picnic has changed from the last time I went. I’m used to swinging by my local sandwich shop, picking up a few items, and driving wherever the mood took me. Often down to Peace Arch Provincial Park – which is currently closed. And normally I’d text a bunch of friends – maybe 2 would show up, maybe 20. Not this time. Need to keep that social bubble small.

Social Distanced Picnic

But even in light of restrictions, I still had a great time – it just takes a little planning. If you’re headed out on a road trip this summer - whether a day trip for a picnic, an overnight stay at a campground, or a longer holiday – there are ways to travel safely. And a lot of great resources out there to help!

Plan Your Destination

Since each territory and province has a different re-opening schedule and regulations, you’ll want to check the specifics of your destination. Every province and territory has published their COVID-19 restrictions on their websites, including guidelines for using public spaces like provincial parks.

And if you happen to be road-tripping inter-provincially, you’ll want to make sure you’re actually allowed to visit. The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable has put together a tool that allows you to check what locations you’re permitted to visit based on your residency, including links to that location’s public health guidelines. Handy!

Also, Parks Canada’s website offers some great tips for visiting this summer – whether you’re headed there for a day trip or a longer visit.

Be Self Sufficient

Be aware that if you’re headed up to the cottage or cabin, smaller communities where these are typically located have more limited health care and other resources. Don’t put a strain on these communities – bring the essentials that you need with you. And if you do go out, respect physical distancing protocols and mask regulations. And don’t go out if you’re sick or exhibiting symptoms.

For more information, Destination BC has a comprehensive list of ways to travel safely and responsibly this summer.

Keep Your Car Clean and Organized

When you’re road-tripping, you’ll want to make sure that you keep your car clean and organized. If you’re like me, you may not have been using it a lot lately, but now that I head out for day trips, I’m a lot more aware of all the surfaces I touch in the car.

  • Using disinfectant wipes, regularly wipe down "high touch" surfaces on a regular basis. This includes places like: the steering wheel, volume knob, temperature controls, seat belts, door handles, gear shift, etc. Be careful about using wipes with bleach - they can damage the interior of your vehicle. Always test on a small area first. And it is better to spray a cleaning solution on a rag and use it rather than directly on the surface itself.
  • Don't forget to give your key fob a wipe as well.
  • Air out your vehicle. If you can, occasionally give the AC a rest, open your vehicle’s windows and let the fresh air in.
  • Car seats can harbour crumbs and germs - make sure you're cleaning your children's car seats regularly. You can vacuum out the crumbs, but check your manufacturer's guidelines on what to use to wipe down the seat, belts, etc.

Cleaning Kit in Your Car

Keeping your car organized can also help keep it clean. A few tips:

  • Designate a specific receptacle for trash. If there's one container, you'll be more likely to empty it on a regular basis than if trash is just scattered everywhere. Plus you can give that trash receptacle a regular clean.
  • Put a small caddy together with a box of tissues, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and an extra mask. This will save you time instead of having to dig through your purse or bag as well as keeping additional touched surfaces to a minimum.

And don’t forget to wash your hands after you’ve unloaded your car.

It’s so nice to be able to get out and about and enjoy the beauty of Canada. Please stay safe and healthy and continue to be kind to one another as we navigate this next phase of the new normal.

If you want to know what Petro-Canada is doing to support guests and on-site teams at our locations, please check out our COVID-19 response. If you’re looking for more information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, check out Health Canada’s website – there is great information there about proper hygiene and cleaning.

~Rose R.