The McConnell Foundation dedicates itself to three focus areas to guide its work. Learn more in our Overview section.

Scope · Contribute to Canada’s transition to a net-zero carbon economy in a way that produces sustainable and equitable outcomes for all.


Overarching Frameworks

We seek partners who aspire to create inclusive organizations and who endeavour to apply the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility (EDIA) framework in their activities.

In addition, the Climate focus area intends to support and carry out the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.



We aim, through our theory of change, to support Canada’s efforts of transitioning to a net-zero carbon economy in a way that ensures productive, equitable outcomes for all. We shall contribute to this by applying a social justice framework to our funding and investments, and by advancing systemic change. This also includes global equity, meaning that Canada will take on its fair share of the global efforts required to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5C. The Government of Canada has committed itself, in the spring of 2021, to a new target to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40 to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada can and needs to do a lot more. 

In addition to the three strategies outlined in the table below, all organizations seeking funding for the Climate focus area will be required to demonstrate how:

  • They seek to integrate an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility (EDIA) framework within their organization.
  • Their project may involve those who have been traditionally excluded, marginalized or underrepresented in climate solutions, and those who are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.