How much do I have to donate?
It’s completely up to you! You can donate a minimum of $2, either as a onetime donation or a regular deduction.
Am I locked into regular donations once I start?
Not at all! You can donate once or keep the donations going. You can go into your Profile on the People Portal at any time and start or stop a donation. The choice is up to you.
How were these charities selected?
Community engagement is one of our core values because we are deeply committed to the strength and health of the places we call home. Given our purpose — as a family nurturing families — we created a Community Investment strategy focused on nourishing Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds. Ensuring more Canadians have access to healthy and affordable food, nutrition education, and early interventions of child and youth mental health means Healthier Tomorrows for more Canadians. The charities selected reflect our Community Investment commitment.
What if I want to choose a charity that’s not listed here?
There are thousands of important charities making an incredible difference across the country! However, to make the biggest impact possible, we have identified charities that are supporting Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds. If you know of an organization that needs support, the Community Action Fund is available for charities to make a donation request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is a Community Action Fund in your province.
Will this affect my taxes? Will I receive a charitable tax receipt for my donation?
You will not receive a charitable tax receipt, however the amount you contribute as part of the program will be included in box 46 of your T4, to help make things a little bit easier for you at tax time.
How will I know what the money I am donating is being used for?
You can learn more about the charities and their programs at healthiertomorrow.ca. Charity partners will also provide annual updates on the Jam section of the Healthier Tomorrows Individual Giving Program section on the People Portal.
When will the first donation deduction appear on my paycheque?
The first deduction will take place on your first or second paycheque after your selected start date.
Can I sign up for the program anytime during the year?
Initially employees and employees of franchisees can sign up between April 5 – May 6, 2022. We will open the program again after June 15, 2022.
Do employees have to re-enroll annually?
Only when selecting the one-time donation.
Why won’t we be supporting the same charities as the former Canada Safeway Employee Payroll Donation Program?
Ensuring more Canadians have access to healthy and affordable food, nutrition education and early help for child and youth mental health challenges means Healthier Tomorrows for more Canadians. The charities selected reflect our Community Investment commitment. Charities from the former Canada Safeway Employee Payroll Donation Program have been encouraged to apply for funding through the Safeway Community Action Fund in their region.
Which charities are remaining from the former Canada Safeway Employee Payroll Donation Program?
All children’s hospital partners are part of the new and expanded program, with funds supporting child and youth mental health initiatives. New charities included in the program include provincial food bank associations and Special Olympics provincial chapters.
Why do I need to sign up if I want to donate to the new program and the same charities?
Prior to starting deductions with the new program, HR Payroll needs to close all existing scheduled donations from the former Canada Safeway program.
Do I have to submit any paperwork to cancel my participation in the former program?
No, the program will automatically close on March 26, 2022. All of the charity partners will receive the donations collected from January 1, 2021 to March 26, 2022.
When will the last deduction take place from the Canada Safeway Employee Payroll Donation Program?
Your final donation will appear on your paycheque at the end of March.
Is the program being offered to affiliate stores in Quebec?
At this time, the program is not being offered to Quebec affiliates however we hope to introduce this program in the fall of 2022.
How were the five charities in Quebec selected?
The charities that will be participating in the program include current strategic partners that affiliates and Backstage teammates support throughout the year.
Will this impact my taxes as an employee in Quebec? Will I receive a charitable tax receipt for the donation?
You will not receive a charitable tax receipt, however the amount you contribute as part of the program will be included in box N of their RL-1, to help make things a little bit easier for you at tax time.