Why Literacy?

The McCain Foundation is pleased to announce its new strategic focus; taking the initiative towards eradicating low literacy levels in the Atlantic Canada region.

The Foundation’s goal is to provide the energy and resources necessary to take literacy development and education to new heights. By starting at the early childhood level, we hope to proactively develop the next generation into highly literate and educated students. Hopefully no child will miss the “learn to read - read to learn” transition. We can help the members of our community realize their full potential, and make meaningful contributions to society.


McCain Foods Limited and the McCain families have a long history of charitable giving dating back to and before 1957 when the company opened its first French fry plant in the small village of Florenceville, New Brunswick.  In March, 1993, The McCain Foundation was set up to better focus on our donations and to enhance the impact of our giving on local communities.


The McCain Foundation is a private foundation funded by McCain Foods Limited and based in Atlantic Canada.

Our Vision/Mission

The McCain Foundation aspires to be a vibrant philanthropic leader, finding innovative ways to empower people to create positive change for the benefit of McCain communities in Canada, with an emphasis on the Atlantic region. McCain communities include the locations of McCain Foods Limited, and its affiliated companies, production facilities and offices across Canada.  The Foundation will undertake focused efforts to address fundamental challenges in these communities; and will continue its tradition of supporting large and small projects of a general nature. Please explore this site to learn more about our work.. 
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