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BGC Canada

Since 2007, WestJet and BGC Canada have partnered to transform the experiences of young people and staff from clubs across the country.

How we support

Through the donation of the gift of flight, BGC Canada and its member clubs can offer opportunities for youth and staff to travel to training, activities and events at no cost. Additionally, WestJet continues to fundraise to support enriching programs and essential services that benefit young people, their families, and their communities.

Initiatives and highlights

WestJet Cares for Kids celebrates 15 years

At WestJet, we are committed to positively impacting the health and well-being of children and youth in Canada. Between 2007 and 2022 we donated over 100,000 flights to our charitable partners through our WestJet Cares for Kids program. The continued support of our guests who travel with us makes all this possible, and we remain tremendously grateful. 

BGC Canada surprises WestJetter volunteers celebrating World Kindness Day

To celebrate World Kindness Day in 2019, WestJet Cares for Kids and BGC Canada surprised Winnipeg-based WestJetter volunteers with a luncheon to thank them for bringing kindness into their lives. 

BGC Calgary builds connections with BGC of Central Florida at Walt Disney World

In 2015, WestJet Cares for Kids surprised 16 Club youth from across North America with the adventure of a lifetime. Eight youth from Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary travelled to Orlando to meet up with eight youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. They visited Walt Disney World, toured the Kissimmee Club and participated in community volunteering. Just when they thought the trip was over, WestJet surprised the youth with a trip back to Calgary. They visited Lake Louise in Banff National Park and spent time in the Calgary Clubs and community.

About BGC Canada

For more than 120 years, BGC Canada has been creating opportunities for millions of Canadian children and teens. As Canada’s largest child and youth-serving charitable and community services organization, their clubs provide life-changing programs and services at 775 locations nationwide. While the breadth and depth of their advocacy and services see no bounds, the charitable organization is considered a national champion in child and youth poverty, youth and employment training, child and youth mental health and equity, diversity and inclusion.

"We are so grateful for WestJet Cares for Kids. Each year this donation allows us to raise thousands of dollars that go back to helping give our children and youth opportunities to discover, dream and grow. Together we are helping kids become happy, healthy adults. Thank you, WestJet!"
 BGC Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia
"Thanks to your contribution to our Camp Howland Lake, during the summer of 2024, youth from our Club will receive the opportunity to experience a week of overnight camp. Participating in many activities like fishing, kayaking, swimming and most importantly, building lifelong friendships and memories."
 BGC St. Alban’s, Toronto, Ontario

Get to know our other Cares for Kids partners

WestJet Cares for Kids exists as a way for WestJet to give back to the communities we serve across Canada and help provide valuable resources to families in need.

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