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Helping kids be all they can be


Our children are our most important asset — they’re our future. But many kids in Peel are having a hard time. 70% of mental health problems begin during childhood and adolescence. Immigrant and racialized youth face unique challenges making them less likely to succeed in school.

One in five children in Peel live in poverty.

One in three children entering senior kindergarten are not ready to learn.

Only 20% of children and youth in Peel who need mental health services get access to them.

Too often 6-12 year olds don't have a safe place to go after school.


By partnering with generous partners like you, our goal is to put children and youth on a path to succeed in life by investing in their development from early childhood to young adulthood – ensuring they have the skills and opportunities they need to become successful adults.



Investing in our kids’ development from early childhood to young adulthood is a key part of our poverty prevention strategy. Building self-esteem and mental health, developing leadership skills, supporting their families in parenting are all critical to helping children thrive and removing barriers to success.



Investments made in 2016/17

$2,718,224 invested in child and youth programming in Peel Region.




2016/17 Results

77,584 children and youth participated in programs that prevent poverty and engage kids in school and their community so they can thrive.

33 programs and services supported children and youth at every stage of their development.

30,429 kids participated in United Way-funded programs to gain life skills and increase self-esteem.

1,277 parents increased their confidence in their parenting capacity

23,247 youth participated in programs that engaged them in their community through volunteering.

10,217 youth accessed programs and services that they were either not aware of or eligible for previously (eg: recreation programs, children and youth programming, parenting programs)

81% of United Way funded program participants showed increased use of effective parenting strategies

1,390 children and youth reported improved goal setting, self-esteem, self-confidence or sense of personal agency as a result of participation in UW funded programs

In communities around the world, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Councils (WLC) are inspiring women through personal philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy in order to positively affect change in the lives of children at risk. Our own WLC was launched in Peel in 2016. Comprised of a group of committed, empowered and engaged female leaders, they are working to build financial literacy and eliminate child poverty in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Learn more at

In January 2017, a new youth shelter opened in Brampton — the second in Peel — more than doubling the number of beds available to youth in Peel Region.  There are now 30 beds available for youth in Brampton and 14 beds for youth in Mississauga.

In 2016, 14,861 individuals, including children and youth, were served through regionally-funded sheIters. It is estimated that there are at least 35,000 youth in Canada that will experience homelessness at least once over a one-year period.

United Way of Peel Region

The data in this report was collected by our United Way agency partners from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. As much as possible we have tried to avoid duplication, however this data does not reflect unique individuals served, as clients may access a program several times and/or more than one program within an agency or between agencies.