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ILEO in Action

News and media articles related to United Way’s Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity program in Toronto’s Golden Mile and the partners, pilot projects and impact in the the area.


The ILEO Initiative brings together the private, public, and community sectors to find innovative ways to reduce gaps in economic prosperity at the neighbourhood level. ILEO is convened by United Way Greater Toronto and BMO Financial Group.

May 08, 2024

Good Jobs project gives newcomers ‘opportunity’ and ‘life lessons’

The Good Jobs project bridges the gap between work experience in other countries and opportunities in Canada 

April 01, 2024

Centennial College joins ILEO to support Greater Golden Mile Community

Centennial College has joined the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) Initiative in its efforts to support residents of Scarborough.

April 01, 2024

Golden Mile Hiring Fair connects residents with local opportunities 

Recruiters from 20 companies connected with job seekers from Greater Golden Mile at the ILEO Golden Mile Hiring Fair.

March 26, 2024

How ILEO’s Storefront Starter helped one food vendor build confidence — and her business

ILEO's Storefront Starter program is helping business owners launch and scale their business with private, public and community partners.

March 26, 2024

Have you heard about these 10 community organizations that offer free support?

A list of ten Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity (ILEO) Initiative community partners that connect residents to jobs, training and more.

March 25, 2024

Heads up: An exciting new initiative is offering opportunities in your neighbourhood

ILEO connects residents with exciting opportunities, like job training, employment and local businesses in the Greater Golden Mile.

March 25, 2024

Aecon-Golden Mile Joint Venture connecting newcomers to Canada with training, construction jobs

This community-based onstruction company’s unique ownership structure provides local economic benefit.

March 22, 2024

United Way’s art initiative allows Scarborough artists a chance to shine

A social art procurement process by United Way is supporting local Scarborough artists and giving them a chance to shine.

March 22, 2024

Residents build their own community through jobs with local construction company 

Ameen Binwalee co-founded Out of the Box, a social enterprise connecting local residents with jobs in the Greater Golden Mile.

March 22, 2024

The Greater Golden Mile’s colourful history

The Greater Golden Mile's history is a colourful one, through the industrial era and the Second World War to the recent redevelopment.

October 03, 2023

How Kristiana transformed her business into a reality

Starting a new business can put even the most determined entrepreneurs to the test. For Kristiana Musta, the founder of Laboterra, launching a business as an international student without any connections was particularly challenging.

April 27, 2022

Re-Imagining the Golden Mile: From Chain Stores and Parking Lots to a New Massive Mixed-use Community 

In this second part of the Re-imagining the Golden Mile series, we explore how massive on massive real estate redevelopments will transform the Golden Mile into one of the largest residential and commercial communities in Scarborough.