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Hope Air announces funding from Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada to support B.C. patients

(Toronto, ON – July 23, 2021) – Hope Air – Canada’s only national charity providing flights and accommodations to those in financial need who must travel for medical care far from home – is proud to announce donations of $10,000 each from Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada for a total of $20,000 to ensure patients in northern B.C. have access to vital medical services. The funding will help patients from communities like Kitimat, Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert and Prince George reach medical treatment centres in Vancouver.
 
This joint commitment provides approximately 80 medical flights and accommodations for people in financial and medical need. All Canadians should have equal access to medical care, but not everyone does. For Canadians in financial need who live in communities that do not offer specialized care, cost and distance are huge barriers to reaching medical treatments and appointments. More than 30 per cent of patients living in British Columbia would cancel their medical appointments without travel support from Hope Air.
 
Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada’s gifts help improve the health and quality of life for people in the cities and towns where they are building their respective projects, and aligns with their values of giving back to those communities.
 
“Individuals and families in northern and rural communities can face challenges accessing specialized medical services and at LNG Canada we want to help by removing travel barriers they may encounter. We are proud to support Hope Air as they provide these vital services to residents of the north,” said Denita McKnight, Director Corporate Affairs at LNG Canada.
 
Since 2013, Coastal GasLink and its parent company, TC Energy, have donated more than $100,000 to support patients across Canada.
 
“We recognize that these are challenging times for everyone, and access to critical health care services is more important than ever. Hope Air is providing a tremendous service to northern B.C. communities and we are proud to support their important work,” said Kiel Giddens, Public Affairs Manager, Coastal GasLink.
 
“Through this generous support, Hope Air patients in northern B.C. are able to access this vital link to medical treatments, specialists and equipment that aren’t offered in their home communities,” said Mark Rubinstein, CEO of Hope Air. “The donation allows families to continue to live in their communities and not worry about reaching their vital medical appointments.”
 
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For more information, contact:
Shirley Moore
Director, Marketing & Communications
smoore@hopeair.ca | 416.222.6335, x237
LNG Canada: media@lngcanada.ca
 
About Hope Air
Hope Air is Canada’s only national charity providing free travel and accommodations for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home. Since its inception in 1986, Hope Air has provided more than 155,000 travel arrangements for patients regardless of age or medical need.
For people living on a low income in small and rural communities, distance and cost are very real barriers to them accessing vital medical care. Hope Air is a unique and essential part of our Canadian healthcare system. Without the access Hope Air provides, our national system of universal healthcare coverage would fall short of its promise. Hope Air has been chosen as one of Canada’s best 100 charities by Maclean’s magazine, MoneySense magazine and Charity Intelligence based on efficiency, transparency and need. For more information, visit hopeair.ca.
 
 
About Coastal GasLink
Coastal GasLink is a 670-kilometre provincially regulated pipeline that will safely deliver natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat, B.C. The Project is under construction today, meeting strict environmental and safety standards, while helping meet the growing global demand for cleaner energy.
From the City of Dawson Creek to the coastal District of Kitimat, Coastal GasLink spans dozens of local and Indigenous communities. Whether it’s partnering with community groups or supporting local initiatives, Coastal GasLink’s goal is to build strong vibrant communities along the project route. The project is being built not only to benefit northern people and communities today, but with the goal of leaving a lasting legacy for decades to come. For more information, please visit www.coastalgaslink.com.
 
About LNG Canada
The LNG Canada joint venture is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, which will initially consist of two LNG processing units referred to as “trains”. LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Canada Energy (40%); PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned entity, North Montney LNG Limited Partnership (25%); PetroChina Company Limited, through its subsidiary PetroChina Canada Ltd. (15%); Mitsubishi Corporation, through its subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Partnership (15%); and Korea Gas Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Kogas Canada LNG Ltd (5%). It is operated through LNG Canada Development Inc.
 

Posted on: Jul 23 2021