February 8, 2021

The Hot Potato Initiative and Coast Capital Savings Announce Official 2021 Partnership

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — When The Hot Potato Initiative was founded in 2016 by high school students, we started with one baked potato. Today, The Hot Potato Initiative and Coast Capital Savings are pleased to announce an official partnership to educate and engage young Canadians in the conversation about homelessness.

Since 2018, Coast Capital Savings has been a strong supporter of our organization, and has since allowed us to launch several projects that have reached hundreds of young people across Canada. Simply put, The Hot Potato Initiative could not be more excited for what is to come.

With this new partnership, youth from The Hot Potato Initiative will be provided with the financial support from Coast Capital Savings to pursue many of the organization’s projects in 2021. This funding will be invested in educational resources such as a video series, lesson plans, and research briefs to be distributed in high schools around the country.

We will see a day where all young Canadians critically engage with socioeconomic inequality and drive systemic change.

Thank you, Coast Capital Savings, for helping us make that day possible.

About Coast Capital Savings
Coast Capital Savings is Canada’s largest credit union by membership and, in 2018, made history becoming B.C.’s first federal credit union. Owned by its 593,000 members, Coast Capital offers banking and investment services digitally and through its 52 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia. An Imagine Canada Caring Company and a Certified B Corporation in recognition of its social performance, Coast Capital invests 10 percent of its bottom line in youth focused community organizations, programs, partnerships and events. The credit union has been recognized as one of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures™, and holds a Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation.

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About The Hot Potato Initiative
The Hot Potato Initiative is a registered non-profit organization that works to educate and engage young Canadians in the conversation about homelessness. Since our founding, we have involved over 500 students in over 35 high schools across Canada. Our operations and creation of educational resources are overseen by undergraduate students at UBC, UofT, Queen’s, UVic, and McGill. We are registered under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Our non-profit number is S0066891.

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Land Acknowledgement

The Hot Potato Initiative acknowledges the unceded Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, and Kwikwetlem Nations.


The Hot Potato Initiative is incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Request information from BC Registries and Online Services with our non-profit number S0066891.


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