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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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September 17, 2020

OTTAWA, ON – Canadians are feeling the financial and economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic and so are Canadian charities. Almost two out of five Canadian charitable donors say their giving has dropped since the pandemic began according to an Angus …

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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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COVID-19 emergency response gifts

April 15, 2020

United Way Centraide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund has received overwhelming support from leading corporations, foundations, employers and labour organizations. Thanks to these generous gifts, local United Way Centraides across Canada …

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COVID-19: Government of Canada announces $9M for vulnerable seniors

March 29, 2020

United Way Centraide Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s $9M funding announcement from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Canadian seniors are at great risk of poor health outcomes due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Vulnerable seniors, such as those living in social isolation or poverty, are at even greater risk.

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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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