Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation

We believe every Canadian family should have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education. That’s why the focus of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts continues to be on the advancement of education through advocacy, community engagement and programs that support learning opportunities for children and youth.

The CST Foundation has a long history of giving back. Here are just a few examples:

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The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award

The MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation recognizes an individual who has had an extraordinary impact on education and the MusiCounts charity over the course of its 20-year history.

Award information

In honour of the Award Recipient, three Band Aid Grants will be awarded to Canadian schools.

Recipient Schools:

  • Maywood Community School – Burnaby, British Columbia
  • St.Charles Borromeo – Toronto, Ontario
  • Deer Island Community School – Fairhaven, New Brunswick
  • Gitwinksihlk Elementary School – Gitwinksihlk, British Columbia
  • Central Kings Rural High School – Cambridge, Nova Scotia
  • Egremont Community School – Holstein, Ontario
  • Smithfield Public School – Brighton, ON
  • St. Michael’s Elementary School – Stephenville Crossing, NL
  • Mezi Community School – Whati, NT

Each Award Recipient will also receive a solid crystal statuette based on the JUNO Award design created by Canadian glass artist, the late Shirley Elford.

2019 Award Recipients

Linda Schuyler & Stephen Stohn

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Learn more about the 2019 MIMAA Award Recipient

2018 Award Recipients

Jim Cuddy

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Learn more about the 2018 MIMAA Award Recipient

2017 Award Recipients

Bob & Jan Ezrin

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Learn more about the 2017 MIMAA Award Recipient


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MusiCounts is Canada’s music education charity, affiliated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and The JUNO Awards. The charity celebrates musical excellence and puts musical instruments into the hands of kids who need them the most.

MusiCounts' mission is to ensure that all children and youth in Canada have access to music education. MusiCounts achieves its mission through several programs and community initiatives including the Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other community wide initiatives.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, which provides musical instruments to schools in need. Since 1997 MusiCounts has grown significantly and by the end of 2017 will have awarded over $10,000,000 through its programs. These funds will have benefitted over 950 schools and community organizations, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured 12 extraordinary music teachers.