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UWCC applauds historic right to housing legislation

June 10, 2019

United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) commends the federal government’s historic commitment to human rights leadership and accountability and supports the legislation of the right to housing. On June 5, 2019, critical amendments passed to strengthen the h …

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UWCC pens letters supporting right to housing legislation

May 13, 2019

On April 30, 2019, Dan Clement, United Way Centraide Canada President and CEO, wrote to both the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos regarding the National Housing Strategy Act. The act was included in Bill C-97 (Budget Implementation Act, 2019), tabled April 8, 2019.

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2019 United Way Centraide National Recognition Awards

May 6, 2019

André Mailhot Award David Johnston, member, United Way Winnipeg Board of Trustees The Johnston Group is regularly included on best-managed-companies lists, and has long been in the top tier of corporate community supporters. Their annual United Way cam …

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UNITED WAY PEI AND THE PROVINCE PARTNER TO BRING 211 TO THE ISLAND!

February 11, 2019

The United Way of PEI (UWPEI) announced today, on National 211 Day, that the renowned “211” service, is coming to PEI this Fall, as a Thriving Together Poverty reduction Action Plan initiative. 211’s award-winning telephone helpline (2-1-1) and website …

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The future of philanthropy in a hyper-connected world

November 16, 2018

In our hyper-connected world, digital technology is changing the nature of philanthropy and how people expect to contribute and participate in social change.

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Open Letter on the Right to Housing

August 17, 2018

On Tuesday, August 14, at a press conference in Ottawa, advocates released an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau signed by over 170 organizations and prominent Canadians, including United Way Centraide Canada, urging the Prime Minister to make good …

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 19, 2018

On National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2018, United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) joins United Way Centraides (UWCs) and Canadians across the country in celebrating the heritage, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peop …

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Conscious Kindness

May 11, 2018

Kindness. It makes our community better for everyone. Never underestimate the power of even the smallest act of kindness. It has the potential to change a life. And when multiplied by millions of people, small gestures of local love can transform the w …

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211: A service for citizens now available in Greater Montréal

April 26, 2018

Montréal, April 26, 2018— The Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the Information and Referral Centre of Greater Montréal and Centraide of Greater Montreal launched the 211 service today that is now available on the metropolitan area. “The citizens …

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The days of fairy dust philanthropy are over

April 19, 2018

By Brian Gallagher, Jacline Nyman, and Daniele Zanotti At United Way, we are proud to strengthen communities around the world.  We improve early education in Colombia, job placement in India and pathways out of poverty in Canada.  Yet the way we go abo …

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United Way Centraide Canada celebrates the value of volunteering!

April 17, 2018

  From April 15 to 21, we celebrate Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week. This year marks the 15-year anniversary of Volunteer Canada’s signature campaign. Each year, thousands of United Way Centraide volunteers contribu …

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Tampon Tuesday 2018 wrap up

March 27, 2018

On March 6, a record 27 communities from across the country took part in Tampon Tuesday. Participating communities, backed by local United Ways and Centraides (UWCs) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), helped to raise awareness for the unique chall …

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How one woman found safety, community and belonging

December 1, 2017

A place to feel safe—and to belong. After fleeing an abusive relationship, Dawn worried she might never be able to get the fresh start she so desperately needed. She felt overwhelmed, alone and hopeless and couldn’t imagine a better future for herself. …

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United Way Centraide welcomes new housing strategy

November 24, 2017

In November 2017, the federal government announced a National Housing Strategy for Canada. Through a collaborative of national non-profit and private sector housing organizations, United Way Centraide called for a balanced  policy response aimed at tac …

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How learning to save taught one woman her worth

November 15, 2017

Nicole’s relationship with money was rocky from the start. Growing up, she struggled with her weight and became the target of bullies at school. “Money was equal to my self-worth, and my self-worth was nothing,” she says. Nicole left high school after …

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Common planks for a stronger national housing strategy

November 14, 2017

In a few days, the federal government will unveil the long-awaited national housing strategy. Not only is the federal government re-entering the housing arena in a substantial way for the first time in a quarter-century — $11.2-billion has been budgete …

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How one young man jump-started his Canadian career

November 2, 2017

Shayan didn’t come to Canada expecting to be handed a job. “I had in the back of my mind that it’s a really difficult job market here,” he says. But starting his career in Canada turned out to be even harder than expected. “I started applying for jobs, …

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Food for thought

October 17, 2017

Grace has spent her life and career caring for others. In addition to raising three children of her own, she has worked in after-school programs and as a caregiver for families in her community. To many, she is considered a second mother—a wonderful le …

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How a healthy meal changed one man’s life

October 6, 2017

Alasdair has worked in the food and hospitality industry for much of his life. So when he lost his job as a server due to an alcohol addiction, worries about where his next meal would come weren’t far from his mind. In fact, they became a daily and str …

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Reducing Homelessness and Poverty – Policy Solutions

September 18, 2017

On September 18th the Hill Times published an article collaboratively written by United Way Centraide Canada President & CEO Dr. Jacline Nyman and Tim Richter, President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. Timed to coincide with …

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The language of community

September 15, 2017

Rama and her husband, Fares, knew it was time to re-locate to Canada from Syria when it became increasingly dangerous to even walk out their front door. “We often went through long periods without water or electricity,” Rama recalls. “When I did have t …

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CANADA’S FIRST NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY WILL BE UNVEILED THIS FALL

August 31, 2017

Tackling homelessness and addressing housing need is a high priority for United Ways and Centraides across Canada.  In collaboration with a wide range of allies and experts, we have developed a set of innovative and fact-based policy solutions. There i …

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4 ways to mark National Aboriginal Day 2017

June 21, 2017

Today, we join United Ways and Centraides in communities across the country in marking National Aboriginal Day, celebrated on the summer solstice in honour of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Our colleagues at national Indigenous organizations – inclu …

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Moving people from poverty to possibility: Investing in the financial stability of all Canadians

June 15, 2017

Financial instability can affect every aspect of a person’s life. For those that struggle to find work or manage a budget, breaking out of the cycle of poverty and reaching their full potential can be extremely difficult. In communities across Canada, …

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A gift to Canada: Lifting people out of poverty benefits us all

June 6, 2017

As we celebrate Canada’s 150th year, I am reflecting on the things about our country that make me proud to be Canadian. I value our acceptance of diversity in all its forms; the generosity and compassion that power our communities; and, our access to u …

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Ask The Expert: What happens when kids don’t get the best start in life?

January 4, 2017

Anita Khanna was the Director of Social Action and Community Building at Family Service Toronto, a United Way-supported agency that helps promote the health and well-being of children and families. She’s also the national coordinator of Campaign 2000, …

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Ask the Expert: Can we end poverty?

December 1, 2016

Daniyal Zuberi is the RBC Chair and Associate Professor of Social Policy at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. In 2015, he was elected to the College of New Scholars, A …

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National Housing Day: Safe and affordable housing for all Canadians

November 22, 2016

In marking National Housing Day this November 22, we pause to reflect on the challenges too many Canadians face in finding a safe and affordable place to call home. Today in our country, 3.3 million of us cannot access the housing we need at a cost we …

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Joining forces to ignite change, one life at a time

November 15, 2016

As President & CEO of United Way Centraide Canada, I have the tremendous privilege of speaking with non-profit leaders across our country every day. I hear about the issues facing our communities – poverty, youth unemployment, a lack of affordable …

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