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From Poverty to Possibility

There's an issue

For too many Canadians across the country, poverty is a daily and difficult struggle. It forces people and families to make impossible choices like wether to put food on the table or to pay the rent. It touches every aspect of a peron’s life, making it difficult to get ahead and realize a future full of possibility.

1 in 10 Canadians live in poverty
35,000 Canadians are homeless on any given right.
1 in 6 children live in a household that struggles to put food on the table.

There's a way forward

With your support, United Way is helping to meet the basic needs of our community’s most vulnerable people and families, giving every Canadian the opportunity to build a better future. This includes providing the essential building blocks of a good life such as food, shelter and employment, while also helping the ensure fewer people are vulnerable in the first place.

$5 provides one meal to someone who is homeless, giving them refuge in a safe environment.
$50 provides a frost prevention kit for two homeless people, including a scarf, toque, gloves and pocket warmers.
$250 provides a healthy lunch for a parent and child for five weeks.
$600 covers a resumé writing workshop for women living in poverty.
$1,200 provides important household items to six families, helping them make a life-changing move to secure housing.

But, there are barriers

Poverty isn’t just about a paycheque. In fact, it touches almost every aspect of a person’s life from food, shelter and employment to mental and physical well-being. It’s a social and economic issue that also impacts entire communities—and the people who live there.

$ 7 billion: the cost of homelessness to the Canadian economy each year.
12.4%: the unemployment rate for Indigenous peoples across Canada, compared to just 6.9% for the non-Indigenous population.
14.7% of Canadians under 18 were living in a low-income household in 2014.

That's why your help matters

Your gift to United Way helps give every Canadian the opportunity to build a better future by providing the foundational building blocks of a good life.

$ 63M + is invested in supporting people living in poverty by providing opportunities they need to build a better life.
1,000+ programs and services are funded including access to food, emergency shelters and employment counselling.
1.3M+ people are served across Canada, helping increase their economic security and overall well-being.

We Are All Ears

Discover our wide variety of programmes to see how we can assist you in overcoming these difficult times.