The outdoors is for everyone.
MEC is firmly committed to our mission to inspire and enable everyone to lead active outdoor lives. To fulfill that mission, it is important that MEC addresses the ways in which we’re supporting and engaging Black communities and equity-seeking groups through our community investment program. Since signing the Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge in 2018, we have actively focused on outdoor community investments that are driven by diverse organizations that support and lead programs for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) community.
Even with the progress we have made over the last two years, BIPOC-led outdoor organizations are still under-represented in our community investments. We must do better. We commit to supporting more BIPOC-led organizations, as core funding partners and beyond.
We acknowledge that we have only taken the first few meaningful steps on a path that will be long and at times uncomfortable. But we are committed to that journey to help dismantle the effects of systemic racism in our communities.
Please learn more about diversity and inclusion at MEC here.
These are just a few of the many organizations, groups, and friends we connect with:
Alpine Club of Canada
Since 1906, the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) has been Canada’s national mountain organization. They have a lot of goals in common with MEC, and want to inspire and enable Canadians to climb, go mountaineering, and get into the alpine. The ACC has an extensive system of alpine and backcountry huts, along with regional club sections across the country to create a vibrant, active outdoor community. As an official benefactor, MEC provides the ACC with annual funding for core operations and youth programming.
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
The ACMG is committed to nurturing a culture of outdoor adventure in Canada, and give young Canadians the opportunity to safely develop skills and experience the outdoors. MEC and the ACMG run the Adventure Access Program that subsidizes ACMG guides and instructors to work with schools, clubs and other youth groups.
MEC has partnered with Avalanche Canada for a long time. Since 2001, we’ve supported Public Safety Programs and donated funds to help deliver their free Public Avalanche Bulletin. We’ve also partnered with them to provide a free avalanche forecast app, and are the presenting partner of their Avalanche Skill Training (AST) program. We send staff members for AST training, and provide space in stores for the course classroom component. Our partnership helps us provide MEC members with information and training critical to safer enjoyment of the winter backcountry.
Taking avalanche skills training? Learn about free avalanche safety package rentals through MEC.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Since 1988, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has been one of MEC’s key partners. We work with CPAWS’ national and regional teams to help increase protection of natural spaces where we all play. MEC has supported CPAWS through national and regional initiatives that have helped develop parklands across the country. Just a few of the projects on the go include the Bighorn Country in northern Alberta, Magpie River in Quebec, South Okanagan Similkameen in BC, and Rouge National Urban Park expansion and improvement in Ontario.
Chèvres de Montagne
MEC Outdoor Nation and Les Chèvres de Montagne share a commitment and passion for getting young women outside. How do they make that happen? They organize welcoming, educational and fun activities to introduce women to different outdoor events and programs, and help them develop their outdoor leadership skills.
Climbing Escalade Canada
MEC is super excited to be the founding partner of Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC). Together, we’re strengthening the capacity of the CEC as a national sports organization and developing Canadian competition climbing. The CEC is an official member of the Canadian Olympic Committee in preparation for climbing’s big debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. MEC is committed to climbing and wants to engage young athletes to excel at their sport and represent their country.
CultureLink is a settlement and community organization with more than 30 years’ experience in developing and delivering services to meet the needs of diverse communities. CultureLink is dedicated to facilitating the active participation and integration of newcomers and the broader community, recognizing the interdependence of these groups in our society. MEC provides funding for activities, programs, and workshops that promote an active outdoor lifestyle for newcomers, such as CultureLink’s Bike Club.
The Lady Alliance
The Lady Alliance is a non-exclusive collective of outdoor women who want to break down barriers and empower women to get outside. Their goal is to build confidence and community through adventure. MEC supports Lady Alliance camps, retreats and outdoor course programs.
Leave No Trace Canada
The highly regarded Leave No Trace program promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation. MEC provided the organization’s initial seed funding and helped build their infrastructure. To strengthen their roots in Canada, we continue to support their core operations and encourage MEC staff to become Master Educators. We’re delighted to see them flourish and teach Canadians that even small changes in behavior have monumental impacts on the outdoors.
North Shore Mountain Bike Association
The North Shore Mountain Biking Association’s (NSMBA) mission is simple: Trails for All. Trails Forever. They’re a volunteer-driven non-profit organization, and are dedicated to caring for a sustainable trail network while building a truly inclusive community. Don’t be fooled by their name – they may work exclusively on the North Shore trails, but their leadership has impacts on the trail community across North America. MEC has adopted one of the most loved trails in the network, and we support the NSMBA’s Trails for All initiative.
MEC partners with Parkbus to help thousands of Canadians visit national and provincial parks from major cities across Canada. From day trips and family camping weekends to wilderness expeditions, Parkbus offers accessible transportation options to help city dwellers connect with nature.
Parks Canada and MEC work together to provide a national Learn to Camp initiative. Learn to Camp aims to instill confidence in participants through sharing skills and resources, so they can camp on their own and discover the joy of camping and connecting to outdoor experiences at Parks Canada’s places.
Plein air interculturel
The Plein air interculturel program warmly welcomes newcomers to Montreal by introducing them to outdoor activities in Quebec. Specifically designed for new Canadians, it brings together people from near and far and lowers barriers to getting active outside. It’s part of the Milton Park Recreation Association, an inner city community centre and non-profit organization in Montreal.
Protect Our Winters – Canada
Protect Our Winters (POW) Canada is our national chapter of the global non-profit POW, which is dedicated to fighting climate change on behalf of the snowsports community. POW’s mission is to turn outdoor enthusiasts into climate advocates to keep the snow in snowsports. They lead a community of athletes, creative pioneers and forward-thinking industry leaders to effect systemic policy solutions to climate change. As a founding partner of the Canadian chapter, MEC helps engage Canadians on the real threat that climate change poses to winter recreation.
The team behind Spirit North is committed to improving the health and well-being of Indigenous youth through the transformative power of cross-country skiing, sport and play. They work in more than 50 Indigenous communities across Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and reach more than 8,000 youth every year. MEC supplies gear and funding to support Spirit North’s after-school program and staff teams.
Imagine Canada Caring Company
Your purchases help conserve the places where we play and support ways to get all of Canada active outside. As a proud member of the Imagine Canada Caring Company Program, MEC donates more than 1% of our pre-tax profits each year to the communities where we live and get outdoors.
London Benchmarking Group Canada
We’re a member of the London Benchmarking Group Canada to make sure we manage, measure and report on our social impact in the best way possible.
Since 1987, we’ve contributed more than $44 million to Canadian outdoor recreation and conservation initiatives.