United Way of Peel Region’s new investment and community impact strategy was released in August 2012. Within the context of Peel Region’s demographics and social challenges, a foundational focus on poverty as the connecting theme provides strategic attention and depth to United Way’s investment strategy. The theme conveys hope, inspiration and possibilities that create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our community.
Canada is a country of exceptional opportunities. We have exceptional health, education and social programs, a robust economy and a quality of life that is envied around the world. It's hard to think of Canada as a 'poor' country. Nationally, more than 16% of the population lives in poverty. The Region of Peel has a population of over 1.3 million people. One 1 in 7 lives in poverty and, when it comes to children 1 in 5 lives in poverty.
Canada's economy has grown almost steadily over the past two decades, but not everyone has shared equally in that good fortune. Our cities have experienced a dramatic increase in homelessness, new Canadians are finding it more difficult to gain an economic foothold and young people struggle to get into the job market.
United Way of Peel Region is committed to:
- Investing in children and youth to prevent poverty
- Investing in individuals vulnerable to falling into poverty
- Investing in individuals experiencing poverty
Poverty is the result of many factors and overlapping social problems, and no single project can address them all. We need to develop a holistic, long-term approach that tackles poverty on many fronts.
Economic uncertainty puts strain on us all. It is especially trying for those most vulnerable. It is important to think about families facing imminent layoffs if things don't turn around. It is important to think about those living on fixed incomes having to choose between spending on rent or food.
Click here to download a copy on the Investment Strategy Review Report with Recommendations that was published in July 2012.
Click here to download a four-page executive summary of the Investment Strategy. It was published in October 2012.
Find out more about how United Way of Peel Region is helping kids be all that they can be, moving people from poverty to possibility and building healthy people and strong communities with its investment strategy.