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News releases

The following news releases relate to our current campaign year:


United Way stands with GTA community agencies, investing $94 million to fight local poverty in Peel, Toronto and York regions.

Thanks to more than 400,000 supporters, United Way Greater Toronto is investing $94 million in a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York Region that gives everyone the supports they need, close to home. This investment comes at a time when poverty continues to imprint itself across the region: the GTA is the income inequality, child poverty, and housing unaffordability capital of Canada. After government, United Way is the largest funder of community sector programming in our region.

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Recent Media Releases
Name Owner Date  
February 7, 2019   Linda Brennan 4/8/2019 3:58:47 PM    
$110.3 MILLION RAISED TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN PEEL, TORONTO AND YORK REGION - Over 400,000 people join United Way to create long term change across the region. United Way Greater Toronto supporters have raised $110.3 million for communities in Peel, Toronto and York Region in the largest 2018 United Way campaign in the world. Funds raised support a network of agencies in every corner of the GTA that give everyone the supports they need, close to home. Outside of government, United Way is the biggest funder of community services, providing opportunities for young people to get ahead, supporting under-served neighbourhoods, and collaborating across sectors to create long-term change.

February 4, 2019   Linda Brennan 2/6/2019 4:53:23 PM    
SCOTIABANK INVESTS $15 MILLION TO HELP PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE GTA A STRONG START - Today, United Way Greater Toronto announced a $15-million investment from Scotiabank to help ensure that young people in the GTA have the opportunities and resources they need to have a bright future. The funds – the largest corporate commitment in United Way Greater Toronto’s history – will be invested in a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that support more than 245,000 young people and their families, each year.

December 18, 2018   Linda Brennan 2/1/2019 5:13:33 PM    
UNITED WAY LAUNCHES NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT GRANTS IN YORK REGION $400,000 investment will help residents tackle local issues and make the change they want to see in their communities Today, United Way announces an investment of $400,000 over two years as it launches two Neighbourhood Development Grants in York Region. These grants mark an expansion of the Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy — United Way’s place-based approach to the fight against local poverty in all its forms — into the 905, and a significant increase in neighbourhood investments in York Region. This investment will support two agency-led coalitions to help residents in York Region make the change they want to see in their neighbourhoods.

December 6, 2018   Johnny Tang 12/17/2018 2:16:35 PM    
UNITED WAY INVESTS $1.5-MILLION TO HELP COMMUNITY PARTNERS ADDRESS EMERGING ISSUES - Seven projects will take a proactive approach to fight against local poverty. United Way Greater Toronto is announcing a $1.5-million investment over three years to help community partners address emerging issues in the fight against local poverty in Peel, Toronto and York regions. This investment will support seven new projects that take a collaborative approach to creating systemic change.

November 26, 2018   Johnny Tang 12/5/2018 9:29:46 AM    
THOUSANDS STEP #UP4COMMUNITY AT CN TOWER CLIMB - United Way Greater Toronto’s signature fundraising event helps fight poverty in all its forms. Over 9,000 people from across the region ascended 1,776 steps up the CN Tower this past weekend, helping individuals across York, Peel and Toronto rise from poverty to possibility. All funds raised – about $2 million thus far – help United Way fight local poverty by supporting a network of over 200 community agencies.

November 19, 2018   Johnny Tang 11/29/2018 12:32:05 PM    
UNITED WAY BUILDS COMMUNITY-LED SOCIAL IMPACT FUND IN REGENT PARK WITH $250,000 IN SEED FUNDING FROM THE DANIELS CORPORATION - New community impact fund will drive engagement and employment opportunities in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. United Way announces a three-year plan to build a $1-million Social Impact Investment Fund to strengthen the Regent Park neighbourhood – locally led and locally invested. The Fund is an innovative solution designed to bring a wide range of community projects and voices together. With $250,000 seed funding already committed by The Daniels Corporation, this Fund will support community projects and initiatives that help local residents thrive and further the goal of creating a healthy, vibrant community as Regent Park undergoes a decades long revitalization.

September 17, 2018   Johnny Tang 11/19/2018 11:27:37 AM    
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE GTA JOIN UNITED WAY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST LOCAL POVERTY. United Way kicks off the most ambitious, engaging, and local campaign to date. Today, Brian Porter, campaign chair and Scotiabank President and CEO, along with Daniele Zanotti, United Way Greater Toronto President and CEO, joined supporters to announce a $110,000,000 fundraising goal in the fight against local poverty. Funds raised in this campaign support a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that help people when and where they need it the most. It’s a campaign that reaches across the region, with an impact that is fiercely local.

September 13, 2018   Johnny Tang 9/17/2018 11:28:37 AM    
UNITED WAY INVESTS $1.94-MILLION IN NEW FUNDING TO ADDRESS YOUTH VIOLENCE IN GREATER TORONTO. New funds expand Career Navigator, netWORKS, Toronto Enterprise Fund and FOCUS. United Way is committing $1.94-million in new investments over the next three years to help address the underlying causes of youth violence across the region. These dollars strengthen United Way’s existing investments and will fund new youth success program streams and expand community programs across Peel, Toronto and York Region.

June 19 2018   Johnny Tang 9/17/2018 11:26:45 AM    
NEW RESEARCH REVEALS WHO IS BEING LEFT BEHIND IN AN IMPROVING ECONOMY. While Ontario's labour market gained between 2011 - 2017, wages and job security did not improve for everyone. 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.

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.
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