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The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:

While Ontario's labour market gained between 2011 - 2017, wages and job security did not improve for everyone.

June 19, 2018 — A growing economy is not lifting all boats in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). A new study from the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) research project led by United Way Greater Toronto and McMaster University finds that between 2011 and 2017 — a period when Ontario’s labour market experienced significant gains — wages and job security did not improve for all workers. Getting Left Behind is the third instalment of research on precarious employment in the GTHA and it looks at who gained and who didn’t as the labour market improved.

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Recent Media Releases
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February 8, 2018   Linda Brennan 6/18/2018 3:37:52 PM    
UNITED WAY CHARTS NEW PHASE IN FIGHT AGAINST LOCAL POVERTY Record $88-million investment taps new partnerships targeting places and people hit hardest by growing income inequality. Today, United Way Toronto & York Region announced a record investment in community to back a new phase in the fight against local poverty in all its forms. The $88-million investment is the largest in the organization’s history and prioritizes the places and people in our region where needs are most pressing.

January 25, 2018   Linda Brennan 2/7/2018 9:51:29 AM    
$105-MILLION RAISED TO FIGHT POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORMS Tonight, United Way Toronto & York Region supporters, volunteers, donors rallied in an unprecedented Uprising of Care to celebrate their investment in community and reaffirm a commitment to ensuring every resident has access to opportunity. Outside of government, United Way is the biggest funder of the community services supporting individuals and families across our region.

November 1, 2017   Linda Brennan 1/25/2018 11:33:12 AM    
The gap between rich and poor has grown dramatically across our region. Across the GTA, middle-income neighbourhoods are vanishing, more neighbourhoods are low-income, and high-income neighbourhoods are getting richer. All of this information comes today because of a new report from United Way Toronto & York Region and the University of Toronto Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership. The Opportunity Equation in the Greater Toronto Area uses income data from the 2016 Census to provide the most up to date portrait of neighbourhood income inequality and polarization in the GTA.

October 26, 2017   Linda Brennan 10/31/2017 4:56:32 PM    
This morning, one month after the Boards of United Way Peel Region and United Way Toronto & York Region voted to unanimously recommend a merger, United Way Peel Region members echoed this decision with a yes-vote. This outcome solidifies next steps to officially move forward with a merger.

September 27, 2017   Linda Brennan 10/25/2017 10:31:51 AM    
On the heels of United Way Peel Region’s unanimous Board vote, United Way Toronto & York Region’s Board echoed the same recommendation — to move forward with a merger between the two organizations.

September 18, 2017   Mike Fuhrman 9/25/2017 7:02:33 PM    
Today, Daniele Zanotti, United Way Toronto & York Region President & CEO and Campaign Chair Dean Connor, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial joined supporters to announce a $103-million fundraising goal for the 2017 United Way campaign.

July 6, 2017   Linda Brennan 9/16/2017 9:34:13 AM    
United Way and KPMG have released Better Business Outcomes Through Workforce Security — a business case framework for employers. The framework is a next step in United Way’s work on insecure employment and includes a toolkit that employers can use to improve the security of their workforce and strengthen their business outcomes. 

May 24, 2017   Mike Fuhrman 7/5/2017 4:26:57 PM    
Today at Telus House in downtown Toronto, a total of 12 awards were presented to outstanding individuals from United Way Toronto & York Region agencies. These frontline workers represent the best of community builders and leaders who have demonstrated dedication, innovation, partnership, collaboration and teamwork in the social services sector.

Feb 23, 2017   Linda Brennan 5/23/2017 12:54:22 PM    
United Way to invest $87-million across Toronto and York Region This record-setting investment builds on the organization’s historical strengths, and positions United Way to be more responsive to emerging community needs.

February 7, 2017   Linda Brennan 2/22/2017 5:07:25 PM    
Tonight, United Way Toronto & York Region announced a fundraising achievement of $102 million. This is the charity’s highest achievement to date and the largest United Way campaign in the world. Funds raised are directly invested in United Way programs and agencies to improve lives locally.
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