The Foundation was first established in the 1950s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta, with a donation of shares from the family company, George Weston Limited. Today this business has grown into Canada’s largest private employer with over 150,000 employees. The group of food retailing and baking companies includes not only the original baking division, Weston Foods, but also ACE Bakery and Loblaw Companies Limited. It is the success of these companies, the dedication of their employees and the loyalty of their customers that ultimately enables the Foundation to fulfill its charitable mandate.
Consistent with the heritage and values of the Companies, the grant-making programs of George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited are focused on improving the quality of life in the communities where their employees live and work, For more information please visit: George Weston Limited, Loblaw Companies Limited.
The Foundation is proactive and focused in its grant making. This allows for more impact and innovation within the charitable organizations that are supported.
The Foundation directs its resources to specific organizations in Education, Land Conservation and Science in Canada’s North. In addition, it provides funds to further Canada’s research in neuroscience.These programs are director-initiated and the Foundation therefore does not accept applications for funding.
The Foundation regrets that it is not able to consider support for unsolicited grant applications.
By law, the Foundation is only able to support Canadian charities that are registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency. These charities must have a CRA charitable number and offer programs benefitting Canadians in Canada.
Due to the focused and individualized nature of this grant-making, the Foundation does not accept applications for Trustee Initiated Grants.
In recent years, the Foundation Board has become more proactive and more narrowly focused in its grant-making.Learn More