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Community investment and partnerships

Community investment and partnerships

Together, we’re building stronger, more resilient communities

Investing in communities is a foundational part of our identity at Meridian. We believe that by using our financial expertise in combination with community-focused partnerships, we can effect meaningful change and help communities build financial resilience.

As a credit union, we don’t have public shareholders — our Members are our owners. That means more of our profits are used to help support the communities of the Members we serve.

Ukrainian Refugee donation drive: August 31-September 30

Join our donation drive to support displaced Ukrainians seeking refuge in Niagara, Hamilton, Ottawa, GTA, and surrounding areas. Between August 31 and September 30, we’ll be accepting donated items at select branch locations.

Accepted donations

Accepted donations include new or gently used children’s toys and kitchen items, as well as new bed linens, pillows, towels, socks, underwear, and cleaning supplies.

To make a cash donation, please visit www.ucc.ca.

Our approach to community building

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Gain perspective
We partner with organizations that focus on the key challenges facing communities today – like housing affordability, financial resilience, and sustainability. The perspective gained through these partnerships positions us to better support the communities in need.
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Build a plan
We invest in organizations that develop programs rooted in the latest research. This type of planning allows us to scale our impact, empowering organizations to broaden their reach and touch more lives.
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Be prepared
We actively support organizations that deliver programs and services directly to the community. From food centres to financial literacy workshops, we’re prepared to offer our support wherever it can make the most impact.

Key partnerships that are making a difference


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Fintech Cadence

Fintech Cadence is an entrepreneurial hub that strives to solve the most pressing challenges facing the Canadian financial system, including housing affordability, financial literacy, and equity.

By supporting this type of thought leadership, we’re helping shape the next generation of Canadian changemakers, including Fintech Cadence's IFH Lab and the Fintech Hub programs.

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Evergreen

Evergreen is focused on developing solutions for a variety of issues that cities will face in the coming decades. It’s an organization that seeks to answer the question "What don't we know about the future needs of Canadian residents?"

By supporting Evergreen’s My Future Home Forum, we’re helping to future-proof our communities against issues like housing affordability, now and in the future. 

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Feed Ontario

Feed Ontario aims to address one of the main symptoms of high-cost housing – community hunger – while funding housing affordability research and recommending innovative solutions to partners like Meridian. 

We’re proud to support Feed Ontario; an organization with an innovative approach to addressing community needs associated with access to affordable housing.

Investing in our communities

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Employee giving
Meridian employees show their commitment to community by fundraising, donating, and volunteering for the causes they care about. To encourage continuous giving, we match our employee contributions (up to $1000 annually per employee), and provide up to $500 per year in volunteer rewards to all employees. These dollars are directed to over 400 community organizations across Ontario annually.
The Good Neighbour Program
The Good Neighbour Program is our local non-profit sponsorship program. Through this program, Meridian forges partnerships with local charities, not-for-profits, and public organizations so that we can work together to meet each community’s unique needs.
Explore the Good Neighbour Program
Skills-based volunteering
Our employees embody our commitment to community by actively offering their time and skills to partner organizations throughout the year. Fintech Cadence is one such example, where Meridian employees provide mentorship and support to up-and-coming fintechs; startups dedicated to improving the financial health of Canadians.
Explore the Fintech Hub
The Sean Jackson Scholarship
Each year, we award one post-secondary scholarship to a high school graduate who has demonstrated both academic excellence and an outstanding commitment to communities.
Learn about the Sean Jackson Scholarship