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UNITED WE CAN END POVERTY

Frontline workers, community experts and our neighbours share how United Way’s work is impacting individuals and whole neighbourhoods.

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United in the fight against poverty

From crisis to critical social infrastructure. From blunting the pandemic to building blocks for a better tomorrow, we are united in our efforts to make life more livable for people across Toronto, Peel and York Region.

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2 Million
people served

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650+
programs provided

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300 
social service agencies

United Way works in lockstep with local agencies, residents who know their communities best, and donors like you. We design solutions that prioritize the people and places who are being left behind. Now, we are calling on you to join us as we ignite an equitable community recovery where everyone can participate and flourish.


How Serpil got support from a United Way housing program

When Serpil was 15, she didn’t have a place to live and thought she’d end up in the shelter system. Then she found a United Way-supported housing program that provided her with the stability she needed to thrive. 

Addressing the affordable housing crisis in the Budget

Affordable housing apartments in the Regent Park area

We joined with United Ways from across Ontario to develop a blueprint for action that addresses the affordable housing crisis in Ontario. Our seven recommendations provide the provincial government with lasting solutions and an effective use of taxpayers’ dollars.

Take action now to support affordable housing

Affordable Housing Report cover

Send a message to your elected officials to request they take immediate action on addressing the affordable housing crisis in Ontario, particularly in partnership with the non-profit housing sector. 


2023 | UNITED WAY | PARTNER CONTENT |

Daniele Zanotti, President and CEO of United Way Greater Toronto, stands in front of a gray wall. He is wearing a white shirt with blue dots and a tan jacket.

At United Way Greater Toronto, we believe in a region where everyone can thrive. Find out more about how we are building stronger, brighter neighbourhoods in this Toronto Star special feature.

November 08, 2023

Ensuring equality across all communities

United Way is filling funding gaps, ensuring local organizations can build capacity and meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.

November 08, 2023

How the power of partnership is building neighbourhoods

United Way’s Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) initiative brings together myriad stakeholders to ensure that future development doesn’t displace residents and reinforce inequality.

November 08, 2023

Allowing the community to decide for itself

The Indigenous Partnership Council is an Indigenous-led committee that develops programs and allocates United Way funding to Indigenous organizations.

November 08, 2023

Finding homes for people who need them most

A partnership between the City of Toronto, the University Health Network and United Way Greater Toronto will bring a first-of-its kind supportive housing initiative to Parkdale.

November 08, 2023

Filling the gaps for refugees and asylum seekers in the GTA

Challenges for refugees and asylum seekers in the GTA run deep. United Way-funded agencies are filling the gaps for refugees and newcomers by providing programs and services to help meet immediate needs and build community connections.

November 07, 2023

Working together to build strong, inclusive and vibrant communities

More people in our communities are struggling to pay rent and depending on food banks. We need to partner together to build inclusive communities and ensure long-term systemic change.


November 18, 2022

How Donald K. Johnson is opening doors to giving

His $10-million commitment to United Way is inspiring others to dig deep.


Limitless possibilities for local solutions

Many neighbourhoods in our region are being redesigned or redeveloped. And while this can be good news, we need to ensure that redevelopment does not turn into displacement. United Way is working with community leaders locally to create economic opportunities and ensure that, as the cost of living in redeveloped neighbourhoods goes up, no resident is left behind.

In Rexdale, with Amra Munawar of the Rexdale Community Hub and United Way’s Juneeja Varghese discuss the increase in food insecurity and other issues in the area.

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