BMO breaks down barriers to wellness support
BMO’s Purpose, to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, inspires the bank’s actions to drive meaningful social impact throughout the communities they serve. As a Founding Partner and long-time supporter of Kids Help Phone, BMO continues to activate its purpose with customers, employees and communities in mind.
Since co-founding Kids Help Phone with Bell, Nestlé and Lactalis in 1989, BMO’s work with Kids Help Phone continues to break down barriers to mental health supports for youth from coast to coast to coast. This includes generous donations, sponsorships and enthusiastic engagement of employees from across the company.
The latest in BMO’s steadfast dedication to Kids Help Phone is a transformative $15 million commitment that will scale access to support in all communities across Canada. The Gateway to E-Mental Health Services at Kids Help Phone, supported by BMO (dev.kidshelpphone.ca) is the front door to all of our services and BMO’s gift will help enable even more young people to feel out loud.
BMO’s commitment to young people is also seen through its evolving support of the annual BMO Walk so Kids Can Talk, including seamlessly pivoting to an innovative virtual format when the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to temporarily transition our events online. Now back in person, the Walk continues to engage thousands of people each year and has grown to become Canada’s largest community engagement event in support of youth mental health.
BMO has never wavered, sharing innovative ideas, engaging employees company-wide, recording fun, creative videos and raising urgently needed funds during a time of unprecedented challenge and need.
In addition to the Walk, BMO was also a founding donor of Kids Help Phone’s texting service in 2017.
To the entire BMO community: thank you for the decades of partnership, friendship and shared impact! Watch a video about our incredible decades-long partnership here.
“As a Founding Partner of Kids Help Phone, BMO has been there since the first phone calls came in over 30 years ago. BMO’s Purpose is to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life and we’re very proud to help Canada’s only 24/7, free, confidential mental health service make a difference in the lives of so many young people every day.”— Darryl White, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group