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May 27, 2023

Hear from the candidates at our Toronto mayoral debate

This week we’re talking about the mayoral debate, our 2023 Community Campaign Cabinet, and celebrating Pride and Indigenous Heritage Months.

Newest posts

May 13, 2023

Opening Doors, Changing Lives: Your Support Welcomes Refugees

This week we’re talking about welcoming newcomers, inclusive neighbourhoods, and Asian and Jewish Heritage Months.

April 29, 2023

Mental health matters

This week we’re talking about mental health support, child welfare policy updates and housing for seniors.

Editor’s picks

December 10, 2022

Celebrating 2022 with community

In this week’s newsletter we’re celebrating the many successes of 2022 and looking ahead to the challenges facing our community in 2023.

November 22, 2022

We know the way, but where is the will to end homelessness?

This National Housing Day, it’s no secret we’re in a housing crisis. What’s missing in the headlines and strategies is the need for a deeply affordable and supportive housing.

November 07, 2022

Pandemic innovation: Using what we’ve learned to achieve lasting change in our communities

United Way Greater Toronto’s commitment to systems-level change means championing potential initiatives and harvesting the lessons they have to offer – like our new five case studies series exploring social service innovations during COVID-19.

Community Stories

February 07, 2023

This community ambassador is raising awareness about people with different abilities

After getting support from a United Way agency, Sam started to share his story, raising awareness about inclusion and what it’s like to have different abilities.

November 14, 2022

Bonds borne out of shared experiences

Adrian found connection and community thanks to Bella, his case worker at Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, a United Way-supported agency.

August 24, 2022

Welcoming a refugee family to the GTA

Simran and her family got the support they needed thanks to United Way agencies dedicated to helping refugees arriving in the GTA.

October 31, 2021

A winner at the game of life

A United Way-supported program helped Cindy gain more confidence and stay connected—something that’s only become more important during the pandemic.

October 31, 2021

Support during hard times

Premji turned to a United Way agency when his wife Shanta was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. What he didn’t expect was to also find community for himself.



Beyond the pandemic – where do you want the next four years to take us?

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What is social capital and why does it matter

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Why income inequality is at the root of all problems

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April 23, 2020

What people just don’t get about youth homelessness in Canada

Street kids are not just rebels without a cause—and they want (and need) your help.

March 12, 2020

How food banks in Canada work—and why they’re necessary

With rising unaffordability and income inequality in Toronto and the GTA, food banks are needed more than ever



How healing lodges help Indigenous women rebuild their lives

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9 revolutionary ways to make self-care a priority

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I’m poor and I’m a great mom. Come at me.

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May 17, 2019

Cool, you’re an ally, but trans and non-binary folks need more

Trans and non-binary people are just that people. Let’s skip the intrusive questions and build relationships

April 29, 2019

Accessibility in Toronto and the GTA is everybody’s issue

There’s a growing movement to break down barriers to participation in everyday life. Are you on board?



How communities can stop gentrification from erasing GTA culture

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Land acknowledgements: uncovering an oral history of Tkaronto

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The surprising ways city parks create barriers

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October 16, 2020

A neighbourhood lens on food security

Maybe you’ve heard the term ‘food desert,’ but what about ‘food swamp’? Here’s what that means—and why you might be living in one without even knowing it. Food insecurity doesn’t always look like you think.

January 21, 2019

Low-cost—or free!—mental health services in Toronto and the GTA

A guide to finding affordable counselling and other mental health resources in your neighbourhood



How Donald K. Johnson is opening doors to giving

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November 03, 2021

Dilprit and Rajbinder Grewal

Dilprit and Rajbinder Grewal’s biggest philanthropic priority is making sure everyone in their community has what they need to thrive.

November 03, 2021

Bernard Dorval and Francine Côté

Bernard Dorval and Francine Côté have committed to spending the next chapter of their lives helping others to realize their dreams.



Breaking barriers for systemic change

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August 11, 2021

#HelpStartsHere, for all Canadians

Anyone living anywhere in Canada can pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 to reach a Service Navigator for information on community-based health, social and government services in or near their community.

September 02, 2020

5 steps to building a more inclusive workplace

United Way partner McCarthy Tétrault shares five steps they’ve taken to build a more inclusive workplace. They want more companies to follow their lead.

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