BMO works to lift up communities by providing the tools people need to develop financial resilience and establish the foundations for prosperity. When we provide financial education and access to banking and credit for individuals who have too often been denied them, we lay the foundation for their financial security. When we extend credit to female entrepreneurs, we create thriving small businesses that help communities sustain themselves and create jobs. When we finance the construction of infrastructure in inner-city Chicago or a remote Indigenous community in Alberta, we’re helping build healthy neighbourhoods and create long-term economic vitality. And because social supports are so crucial, we also provide funding to community partners through grants and sponsorships.