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We install our Hy-Grade Steel Roofing System all over Ontario and our customers aren’t just customers – they’re family.

As a locally owned family business, we know firsthand the effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on businesses and wanted to find a way to give back. We knew the best way to support our entire family during this time would be to give to the organization of the customer’s choosing.

That’s why for every roof purchased between July 15, 2020 and September 30, 2020 we did just that.

After seeing the positive reaction and the impact the donations had; one time just wasn’t enough – so we decided to “Kick-Start Ontario” again! Every roof purchased between March 20, 2021 and July 15, 2021 also had the same option for Hy-Grade to donate on their behalf.

Some Hy-Grader customers were kind enough to share with us why they chose that organization to support.

Here are some of their stories:

Sheila in St. Geroge, ON

Sheila chose to have Hy-Grade donate on her behalf to the Tim Horton Childrens Foundation, Inc. The Tim Hortons Foundation Camps offer different camp programs such as egroups, school programs, and summer programs for youth. These camps allow young people to develop critical skills, abilities, and perspectives in youth right when they need them most.

Sheila chose to have her donation go to this organization beacause her nephew was selected when he was young to participate in this program for under-privliged kids. Today, he is a young adult and still speaks about the positive experience. Sheila also says the pure joy and pride on his young face when he came home from camp was something she would not soon forget.If you would like to read more about the programs Tim Horton Childrens Foundation, Inc offers or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Irma in Thornberry, ON

Irma chose to have Hy-Grade donate on her behalf to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH). CGMH inspires everyone in the community to invest in the facilities, equipment, programs and services the CGMH needs to deliver outstanding healthcare in South Georgian Bay.

Irma chose to donate to the hospital because they saved Irma’s life by finding the cancer before it progressed. If you would like to learn more about the services offered by the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital or to donate yourself please click here.

Chris and Joanne in Barrie, ON

Chris and Joanne chose to have us donate on their behalf to the St Margaret’s Conference, Food Pantry. St. Vincent de Paul operates a Food Pantry out of St Margaret’s Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Providing free or low-cost food to individuals and families in need on an on-going, seasonal, and emergency basis. They provide assistance on a non discriminatory basis regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

Chris and Joanne chose to donate to their local food pantry because they noticed some members of the community were struggling due to the onset of the pandemic. Social services such as this one have offered peace of mind to many people; including a close family member to Chris and Joanne. If you would like to read more about the services the St Margaret’s Conference, Food Pantry offers or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Susan and Wilf in Orillia, ON

Susan and WIlf chose to have us donate on their behalf to The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The Princess Margaret is one of the largest cancer centres in the world. Their team is dedicated to caring, learning, and finding answers. The Princess Margaret clinical trials program continues to grow in volume and breadth with 2,765 patients enrolled in clinical trials in 2019. They offer many resources such as Cancer Classes Online where people can learn about cancer when they’re ready. They also offer specialized services for patients and their family such with their appearance, financial support, patient lodging, side effect management clinics, and more.

Susan and WIlf chose to donate to The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in memory of Susan’s sister. If you would like to read more about the services The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre offers or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Domenic and Maria in Schomberg, ON

Domenic and Maria chose to have us donate on their behalf to the ALS Society of Canada. The ALS Society of Canada was founded in 1977 and they work with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS.

Domenic and Maria decided to donate to the ALS Society of Canada because their sister is affilliated with the program. They have firsthand knowledge of the good these programs do for those within the ALS community. If you would like to learn more about the services they offer or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Warren in Waterford, ON

Warren chose to have us donate on their behalf to The Juravinski Hospital. The Juravinski Hospital is best known as the host hospital for the Regional Cancer Program. In addition to dedicated wards for cancer patients, Juravinski Hospital is also a general medical/surgical hospital with a community Emergency Department. Joint replacement surgery, e.g. hip or knee, commonly takes place at Juravinski Hospital.

Warren told us at Hy-Grade Roofing that his wife has been going there for treatment and he want to support however he can. If you would like to read more about the services the Juravinski Hospital offers or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Dora in London, ON

Dora chose to have Hy-Grade donate on their behalf to the Banting House National Historic Site. Under the stewardship of Diabetes Canada, Banting House National Historic Site of Canada creates public awareness and understanding of the national historic significance of Sir Frederick Banting and preserves the commemorative integrity of Banting House, the birthplace of insulin, for the benefit of the people of Canada.

Dora chose to donate to the Banting House because her husband was a lifelong diabetic. If you would like to learn more about the services The Banting House National Historic Site offer or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Julia in Port Stanley, ON

Julia chose to have Hy-Grade donate on her bahalf to Fur-Ever Wild Rehabilitation. Fur-Ever Wild Rehabilitation is operated out of Port Stanley. They rescue, rehabilitate & release orphaned, ill & injured native wildlife. The centre; while authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, receives no government funding and rely on their own resouorces, volunteers and community donations.

Julia told us at Hy-Grade a story that really stuck with her about 3 baby flying squirrels who fell out of a tree being torn down. The mother came back for one baby, but not the other two; this is when Colleen at Fur-Ever Wild Rehabilitation came to the rescue and took the babies home to be cared for and released when ready. Stories such as these wouldn’t be possible without the support of those in the community. If you’re interested in learning more about Fur-Ever Wild Rehabilitation Centre or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Chris and Monica in Wasaga Beach, ON

Chris and Monica chose to have us donate on their behalf to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For more than 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined more than 75% over the past six decades.

Chris and Monica told us at Hy-Grade Roofing they chose this organization in memory of Monica’s father who “passed away far too young from Heart Disease”. They also told us The Heart and Stroke Foundation provided wonderful care for Monica’s husband, who is a heart attack survivor. They truly appreciate the dedication and research that helps improve so many lives. If you would like to read more about the services the Heart and Stoke Foundation offers or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Aaron in Kitchener, ON

Aaron chose to have us donate on his behalf to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Jumpstart Charities was founded in 2005, and continuously works toward helping kids of all ages overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.

Aaron told us at Hy-Grade Roofing they chose this organization because they volunteered with a Jumpstart Funded Program teaching children with disabilities how to skate. Aaron was able to see firsthand the opportunities Jumpstart Charities help create. If you would like to read more about the services the Jumpstart Charities offer or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Terri and Diane in Bracebridge, ON

Terri and Diane chose to have us donate on their behalf to the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre. The Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre offers a variety of mission-based programs including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, and more. The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a charitable organization that relies on the generosity of community supporters.

Terri and Diane told us at Hy-Grade Roofing they chose this organization because their mother loved animals and by donating, it is a way of recognizing her love. If you would like to read more about the resources the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre offers or would like to donate yourself please click here.

John in Hamilton, ON

John chose to have Hy-Grade donate on their behalf to The Cindy Lee Graham Memorial Award for Brain and CNS Cancer Research. Cindy Graham was a mother, researched pharmaceuticals, food safety and clinical trials. Cindy was diagnosed with a glioblastoma where she even then dedicated her life to helpinng people by participating in a study by Dr. Sheila Singh where she donated some of the cancerous tissue and her blood to research. Cindy knew that results would come too late for her, but she knew that these contributions could lead to hope for others.

From this brave life led by Cindy comes the The Cindy Lee Graham (nee Martyn) Memorial Award for Brain and CNS Cancer Research which is a memorial endowment established at McMaster University. This fund will provide a source of meaningful annual funding to attract, support, and encourage the best and brightest graduate student researchers that are racing against the clock to beat glioblastoma.


John told us he chose this Memorial because a close family member of his died from a glioblastoma. John hopes we can make progress in understanding the devestating effects of this cancer. If you would like to read more about the fund or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Gilbert and Betty in Stayner, ON

Gilbert and Betty chose to have Hy-Grade donate on their behalf to The Clearview Crushers Lacrosse Team. The Clearview Crushers Lacrosse Team are a men’s Senior B Box Lacrosse team that plays in the Ontario Series Lacrosse. In 2020, they became the sixth team in the Ontario Series Lacrosse. The Crushers are led by a local ownership group made up of former Stayner Minor Lacrosse grads and investors. Their hope is that they can grow the game of lacrosse locally.

Gilbert and Betty chose to have their donation go to this organization beacause they are a new team in the league and support is needed during this time. If you would like to read more about the Clearview Crushers or would like to donate yourself please click here.

Eric in Smiths Falls, ON

Eric chose to have Hy-Grade donate on his behalf to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Jumpstart Charities was founded in 2005, and continuously works toward helping kids of all ages overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.

Eric chose to have their donation go to this organization beacause they have helped many kids in his community. If you would like to read more about the the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities or would like to donate yourself please click here.

More kick-starting?

This is just a selection of the over 100 donation requests we received throughout our time running this event! To read more stories about where people wanted to support and why, check us out on Facebook or Instagram.

If you’re interested in seeing what a permanent Hy-Grade Steel Roof can do for your home, call and speak to us toll free at 1 (855) 494-7233 or fill out our online form here!

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