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March 12, 2021

One year ago, on March 11, COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the months that followed, more than 22,000 Canadian lives were claimed by the virus and countless others have been affected in numerous ways. Fo …

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COVID-19 pandemic has created a new group of vulnerable Canadians: survey

February 11, 2021

Ottawa, ON – February 11, 2021: On National 211 Day, United Way Centraide Canada has released new data and survey results showing that many Canadians are struggling to pay bills and dealing with mental health issues for the first time in their lives as …

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Allegations related to United Way Worldwide

February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021 We want to assure you that United Way Centraide Canada is aware of the reported allegations of misconduct at United Way Worldwide, specifically allegations of harassment and retaliation against female employees reporting incidents of h …

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211 Day – United Glow locations

February 4, 2021

211 Day United Glow locations Visit one of the buildings, monuments, and landmarks participating in our nationwide United Glow! To celebrate the national expansion of 211, these major sites across Canada will join us by illuminating their facades in 21 …

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Inaugural pan Canadian 211 Day!

February 4, 2021

February 11th is 211 Day across North America! This year, for the first time, 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. The service is free, confidential, 24/7 in most of Canada and available in more than 150 languages.

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When we struggle, Canadians struggle

December 11, 2020

On Friday, Dec. 11, In an open letter, United Way Centraide Canada, along with Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada,  YMCA Canada and YWCA Canada  asked The Government of Canada for support to protect the programs and service …

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211 service goes nationwide with funding from the Government of Canada

October 15, 2020

Ottawa – Everyone in Canada will soon have access to 211, a free, confidential information navigation service that connects people to critical government and community-based, non-clinical health and social services in their community thanks to funding …

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October 1, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS A project in Montreal is flipping the philanthropic model on its head, by enabling community members to be the ultimate decision makers. The Collective Impact Project is helping 17 neighbourhoods in Montreal fight against poverty and soc …

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ECSF Round 2

September 23, 2020

United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with its network of local members, is one of three intermediaries administering Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This is the final installment of the $350M investment by the Government …

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Emergency Community Support Fund: investment update

September 15, 2020

Across Canada, communities responding to COVID-19 have now received an injection of more than $136M from United Ways and Centraides (UWCs) through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

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The Philanthropist article explores how social innovation in the UWC network fueled its COVID-19 response

September 4, 2020

The final installment in The Philanthropist’s series about social innovation looks at how the COVID-19 crisis was a catalyst for innovation within the United Way Centraide Network. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist a …

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CHPR advocates for stronger first line of defense against COVID-19: adequate housing

August 26, 2020

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Housing Policy Roundtable expressed the urgent need for immediate investments to improve the housing system’s ability to shelter those experiencing homelessness as part of Canada’s COVID- …

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August 21, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS With limited resources and stringent competition for funds, social sector organizations are increasingly expected to do more with less, particularly during the current pandemic and economic crisis. In Calgary, The Social Impact Lab is en …

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Caring for vulnerable seniors | United Way Bruce Grey connects all the dots

August 19, 2020

United Way Bruce Grey’s (UWBG) Senior’s Hamper program ensures that all seniors who need food get the help they need. They’ve pulled the community together to make it happen. “Every person in our region has been impacted, if not by the virus itself, th …

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COVID-19 Update: New Horizons for Seniors Program – United Way Centraide Grant Results

July 24, 2020

November 17, 2020 (Ottawa) – When the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary lock-down measures disrupted community services, Canadian seniors who depend on those services for support became increasingly vulnerable and isolated. On March 29, to provide im …

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June 24, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS Approximately 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year, and there are even more who are underhoused. Housing advocates say these figures may increase, due to economic instability during the coronavirus pandemic. Our fifth stor …

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United Way sponsors new Financial Relief Navigator

June 23, 2020

Access all the benefits and financial relief measures supporting Canadians in one, simple, easy to use location. The Financial Relief Navigator (FRN), is an English and French online tool providing a one-stop portal to help vulnerable Canadians access …

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National Indigenous Peoples Day – 2020

June 19, 2020

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, United Way Centraides in communities across the country honour the heritage, cultures, leadership and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. While this is a day for celebration, it occurs against th …

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Battlefords United Way: Making sure seniors are fed and heard

June 16, 2020

When the COVID pandemic broke out in March, Battlefords United Way leapt into action to make sure that vulnerable members in their community were getting the supplies they needed. “We heard from volunteers that seniors were frightened and lonely, and b …

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Action in Saint John, Kings & Charlotte, New Brunswick

June 9, 2020

United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte, is working with the Atlantic Compassion Fund (AFC) and providing funding to meet the immediate needs for their community members feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early April, the fund has …

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Food security under the spotlight in Northern Ontario

June 4, 2020

United Way Sault Ste Marie and Algoma District, through their wholly-owned and operated Harvest Algoma Food Resource Centre, is pulling the community together to ensure there is food for those who need it during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the Harve …

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Racism is an Unignorable issue in Canada

June 4, 2020

By Dan Clement, President & CEO Like many Canadians I have been reacting to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  It is shocking.  Yet, also distressingly familiar.  Not because this happened in the United States but because we have witnesse …

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The Atlantic Compassion Fund: Local love during a global crisis

June 1, 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, 11 United Ways in Atlantic Canada launched the Atlantic Compassion Fund (ACF) with  Atlantic Business Interiors, The fund is designed to help agencies across Atlantic Canada respond to the immediate and emerging nee …

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United Way Oxford: Keeping children fed is a priority

May 26, 2020

In small communities, not all social service agencies have the capacity to fund, develop and implement new programs to help the vulnerable during COVID-19. United Way Oxford (UWO) has been able to help and provide those resources through the newly deve …

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United Way Winnipeg: Keeping families fed

May 14, 2020

United Way Winnipeg (UWW) is facing multiple community issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. By funding Family Resource Centre (FRC) programs and services, joint efforts have pulled the community together to ensure vulnerable people have their ba …

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Seniors in vulnerable situations: Getting the help they need

May 6, 2020

In March, the Federal Government announced $9M in funding for seniors living in vulnerable situations that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These include seniors living in isolation or with low income who, because of COVID-19, cannot access the s …

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211 PEI online resources available now!

May 5, 2020

United Way of PEI, in partnership with the Province of Prince Edward Island, is pleased to announce that the 211 PEI website is now live as a resource to help Islanders navigate the network of community, social, non-clinical health and government servi …

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April 30, 2020

WHY IT MATTERS Affordable housing was one of the top issues on young people’s minds in the last federal election — even before COVID-19 highlighted the intense vulnerability people who are homeless face. As housing becomes less affordable in mid-size a …

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Government of Canada announces $350M Emergency Community Support Fund

April 21, 2020

“The COVID-19 crisis is having a real and significant impact on all Canadians. Today’s announcement will help ensure that if Canadians need the support of a community organization, it will be there for them.” – The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

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