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COVID-19 Information Sources for Canadian residents

March 13, 2020

211 is a United Way Centraide Canada partner and Canada’s primary source of information on government and community based health and social services. We are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information to Canadian residents about response …

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March 10, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS Seven out of 10 Canadians believe companies should be able to show how they are bettering the world. Are social purpose companies the future? Find out why more local companies are embracing social purpose, and how it is impacting both th …

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March 6, 2020

It takes us all to build an equitable world. The choices we make, the assumptions we challenge and the roles we shift are what drive change. At United Way Centraide, we work to build strong communities where everyone can reach their full potential. Whi …

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February 11, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS Most people know 211 as a 24-hour phone line available in 150 languages to help users navigate the complex network of human services — but the data this service collects are used for so much more. Find out how this data makes a lasting i …

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It’s #211Day!

February 11, 2020

This year, on #211Day, United Way Centraides, 211 ambassadors, and 211 service providers are working together to inform Canadians on how to ‘Make the Right Call’. The campaign aims to help Canadians access the appropriate services through 211, while re …

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2019 Bhayana Awards

December 5, 2019

Incorporated in 2006, the Bhayana Family Foundation partners with United Ways across Canada to close the recognition gap for the human service sector. Their contributions to our society’s well-being  – and to our economy – are well-documented and immen …

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More needs to be done to eliminate poverty

October 2, 2019

There isn’t a single community in Canada immune to poverty. Yet as election day approaches, party platforms are virtually mum on the issue. With poverty reduction legislation now in place as a foundation, the next federal government — and all those that follow — are required by law to make progress against poverty.

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Celebrating the origins of Labour Day

August 29, 2019

The first Monday in September has been an official holiday in Canada since 1894, and in the United States since 1892. But the origin of Labour Day came 20 years before that…

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National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

June 20, 2019

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we join United Way Centraides (UWCs) in communities across the country in celebrating the heritage, cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. UWC envisions communities where we all have th …

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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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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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