Being committed to our communities

OMERS members are dedicated to public service and spend their careers building our communities. They inspire us to be passionate supporters of our communities.

Volunteer Days provide the opportunity for employees to actively engage with organizations that positively impact our communities. For example:

In Toronto, OMERS volunteers helped out at the Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre for Street Youth and Covenant House where we prepared and served meals. We also volunteered to support maintenance projects at Matthew House, which helps settle newcomers and refugees, and with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, where we helped with planting.

In the U.K., we supported the East End Community Foundation by packing gifts and food parcels for families in need. Volunteers in London also built a new garden area for the Parkside Gardening Project, a community garden for people suffering from mental illness.

In 2018, OMERS employees also raised funds that were directed to several local, community-based charities, as well as various large organizations like the United Way and New York Cares, which help create vibrant communities where we live and work.

Oxford continued to reduce carbon emissions across its global buildings portfolio in 2018, and is on track to achieve its 30% reduction target by 2025. OMERS received a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in 2018 for keeping 492 tons of furniture out of the landfill through resale, recycling and charitable donations to non-profit organizations, in relation to our office move to the EY Tower at 100 Adelaide in Toronto. For this same initiative, OMERS also received the Corporate Citizen Award at the 2018 REmmy Awards, which recognizes leadership, excellence, innovation, sustainable design and social responsibility in corporate real estate and workplace management.