UNIGNORABLE Poverty | Canada







Canada is a prosperous country, yet for roughly three million Canadians, poverty is a daily struggle. It forces people and families to make impossible choices like whether to put food on the table or pay the rent.

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

Quick facts:
1 in 6 children live in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
35,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night.
1 in 6 children live in a household that struggles to put food on the table.

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 to ensure fewer people are vulnerable in the first place.

Through United Way…
– $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.
– 1.4M+ people are served across Canada, helping increase their economic security and overall well-being.

United Way helps Canadians access affordable, safe and permanent places to live – from Housing First programs and emergency shelters to advocating for affordable housing.

United Way works to provide everyone with access to enough nutritious, affordable and appropriate food—from community gardens to school breakfast programs and food banks.

United Way helps Canadians find meaningful jobs, manage expenses and support their families—from job skills training and continuing education opportunities to financial literacy programs.

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