In communities across Canada there are individuals and families who need support. Too often, these individuals and families are socially excluded based on their identity, increasing barriers to their participation and decreasing access to services. Some individuals are more commonly excluded, based on their gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, disability status, or combination therein.
While exclusion, in itself, does not directly result in an inability to access and benefit from services, it can contribute to a “chronic deprivation” that results in lower social standing, leading to lower income, less human capital, reduced access to employment, and reduced opportunity to participate in both national and local decision making.
– 1 in 3 Canadians do not report a strong or very strong sense of belonging to their local community.
– Approximately 50% of Canadian seniors report feeling lonely.
– 49% is the employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities—compared to 79% for people without a disability.
Across Canada, United Way works to help individuals and families build the assets they need to handle life’s challenges and to achieve their personal goals. These assets, like social connections and opportunities to get involved, help create vibrant neighbourhoods and communities where individuals can experience personal fulfilment, mutual support, safety and wellbeing.
When people and families can’t access the supports they need to thrive, entire communities can fall behind.
Through United Way…
– $157M+ is invested across Canada, empowering individuals and entire communities by ensuring access to services and programs.
– 2,800+ programs and services strengthen and unite communities, helping them become more vibrant and connected.
– 5.8M+ individuals and families are served across Canada.
United Way helps Canadians access and navigate the resources they need most in their community—from supporting the expansion of 211 to removing barriers to accessing local services.
United Way encourages Canadians to get involved in their community, and helps everyone feel like they belong in the place they call home—from promoting volunteerism, to engaging community members in decision making.
United Way helps Canadians handle life’s challenges and make healthy choices—from counselling for people dealing with addiction or mental health issues, to building independent living skills for seniors.