Care for the Community

The greatest long term benefit to society is realized by uplifting individuals.- Dennis and Phyllis Washington

With roots tracing back to 1886, Seaspan is a long-serving and proud member of the BC Maritime Community. Our Core Value of Care for the communities we serve is at the heart of everything we do.

Seaspan is committed to contributing to humanitarian causes in the community and makes corporate responsibility a priority. The Company strives to be a positive role model for business, and has the vision and courage to take risks and be a catalyst for change. Seaspan makes investments in people and youth to help them improve the quality of their lives. Seaspan is also committed to ensuring the long term conservation of Canadian Oceans and the environment.

2018 Charitable Giving Report

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Corporate Giving

Seaspan adheres to strict corporate giving criteria which align with the Company’s Core Values: Local, Marine-related, Customer Alignment and Children and Youth.

Please click here to submit a request for donations or sponsorships. 

United Way

Seaspan has long been a supporter of the United Way. In 2018, thanks to the generous support of our employees, we raised over $170,000 for United Way Lower Mainland and United Way of Greater Victoria.


The United Way makes our communities better by funding important programs to battle issues such as child poverty, bullying and senior isolation that plague our communities.



Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

On June 23, 2016, the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation (the “Foundation”), in conjunction with Seaspan, announced today a multi-year donation of $900K to three institutional trades training programs in Canada. The donation recipients include the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to support Aboriginals in trades, Camosun College to support women in trades, and the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation for both new welding equipment and teacher professional development.

Since its inception, the Washington Foundation has donated more than a third of a billion dollars in the United States to hundreds of organizations that focus on education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community service.

For more information on the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation click here.


Employee Programs

  • Scholarship Program

    In May, 2005 Seaspan announced the introduction of its new Scholarship Program. Now into its eleventh year, the program continues to provide financial assistance for the children and grandchildren of employees. Seaspan annually pledges $15,000 in scholarships and over the years has contributed an astounding $106,000 to help further the education of students pursing a post-secondary education at a public university, community college or institute of technology.

  • Youth Sports Program
    Seaspan donates $400 to a youth sports team that has a coach, assistant coach, team manager that is a Seaspan employee.

First Nations

Seaspan recognizes that we operate our shipyards on the traditional land of the Coast Salish people both in North Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. As a good neighbour, it is our goal to foster strong relationships with First Nations in our communities. Over the years, we have developed strong business ties with the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh, Haisla, Songhees, Esquimalt, Snuneymuxw and Old Masset First Nations.

Seaspan is a partner in AMTEP ( Aboriginal Marine Training to Employment Partnership), with ACCESS (Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society) and CSETS (Coast Salish Employment and Training Society), to support job training, apprenticeship programs and promote employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Seaspan’s procurement policy has been modified to support First Nations businesses. During our Shipyard Modernization Project between 2012 – 2014, we spent over $21 Million with First Nations owned and Joint Venture companies.