We improve lives locally

United Way’s work focuses on three key strategies that create opportunities for everyone in our communities to live a better life.

Moving people from poverty to possibility

United Way is helping to meet the basic needs of our community’s most vulnerable people, giving every Canadian the opportunity to realize a better future.

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Helping kids be all they can be

United Way is giving children and youth the support they need to get a great start in life, do well in school, and reach their full potential.

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Building strong and healthy communities

United Way is creating vibrant neighbourhoods, where everyone experiences a sense of belonging and connection to one another.

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211’s telephone line and online directory help Canadians deal with life’s challenges. The service connects users with vital community and social resources, close to home and specific to their needs.


Across Canada, United Way is putting your donations to work where they get the greatest results. Together, we are creating lasting change in local communities from coast to coast to coast.

Making a difference

Thanks to your generous support, we’re investing every year in local communities across Canada.

Number of Canadian communities served by local United Ways
Programs offered or supported by United Way to help those in need
United Way donors, staff and volunteers working to change lives
1 million+
Raised by United Way each year to invest in improving lives locally
$506 million+

Learn more about United Way’s work in your community, or donate to help improve lives locally.

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Why United Way?

At United Way, we like to think – and work – differently. What exactly sets us apart?

We are local experts

Through research, consultation and experience, we know where the need is greatest in each community - and we invest our efforts and your donations where they will have the greatest results.

We bring people together

We make sure the right people, organizations and skills are at the table to solve the tough problems. We work together with nonprofits, government, community agencies, corporate partners, labour and donors to improve lives across Canada.

We address root causes

While a band-aid fix may help in the short-term, we also aim to create lasting change. By learning more about the factors that influence issues like poverty, we can tackle them early and develop long-term solution