Program funds communities

Aviva Canada is contributing $1 million to help improve communities across the country.

Aviva Canada is contributing $1 million to help improve communities across the country.

For the third year, the company is accepting  submissions for its Aviva Community Fund, encouraging Canadians to lead, empower and support community initiatives.

Last year, the provincial winner in B.C. was a new playground for Lord Selkirk Elementary School on Vancouver’s east side, while other winning ideas from 2010 included a hockey team for youth with disabilities in Ottawa, and an animal shelter in Yellowknife.

The campaign will continue until 2012 with the fund centered around its website at www.avivacommunityfund.org, where Canadians can submit ideas and vote for things they would like to change at a local or national level.

Launched in 2009, the competition has already provided more than $1.5 million in funding to 19 charities and community groups.

“Helping Canadians is what we do every day at Aviva, and the Aviva Community Fund is an extension of this,” said Maurice Tulloch, president and CEO of Aviva Canada.

New this year is increased access to the competition through Facebook at www.facebook.com/AvivaCommunityFund. For every ‘like’ on the site, Aviva will donate $1 to Free The Children to support at-risk youth programs in Canada.

Aviva Canada is a property and casualty insurance company that provides home, auto, group and business insurance to three million customers.