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Building strong communities


Every community needs a solid support system to remain strong and healthy. In Peel, our social infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with our population growth. Things like mental health services, sexual assault counselling, supports for families experiencing domestic violence have long wait lists and many of our most vulnerable and growing populations — such as youth, newcomers, seniors, persons with disabilities — aren’t able to get the help they need, when they need it.

There are long wait lists for mental health services and counselling for victims of abuse.

One in five people will be diagnosed with a severe mental illness or addiction in their lifetime. .

Every five days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner.

One in seven people in Ontario have a disability - that is 1,850,000 people.


You help our most vulnerable neighbours overcome complex challenges – abuse, mental illness and social isolation – by supporting them and connecting them to their community. Our goal is for every individual to feel supported and know they are not alone.


Research has proven that a neighbourhood that is connected and works together is safer, healthier and more engaged. United Way works with communities to support greater community integration, improve access to services and supports, increase sense of belonging and build resident leadership.

Investments made in 2016/17

$3,429,414 invested in programs and services that support people in Peel who are vulnerable to falling into poverty.

2016/17 Results

96,675 individuals were connected to vital services and supports.

43 programs and services—ranging from support for people with disabilities to mental health—supported and strengthened neighbourhoods and communities.

2,214 people participated in programs that improve safety for victims of abuse and violence.

69,823 people increased their awareness of mental health to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

1,569 people were able to access mental health and addiction treatment services that were previous inaccessible as a result of United Way-funded programs.

13,369 individuals were served through the three neighbourhood development projects funded by United Way in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

2,214 clients were able to develop safety plans for themselves and their children.

19,966 individuals participated in United Way-funded programs that support people with disabilities.

164 survivors of violence and abuse were able to access housing for themselves and their children.

Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) are an emerging practice designed to leverage major infrastructure projects to provide employment opportunities to historically disadvantaged communities. This year, United Way worked with government, industry, and community partners to build such an agreement here at home. The CBA will leverage the upcoming Hurontario LRT construction (HuLRT) to offer employment, training and apprenticeships as well as a social procurement agreement committing the project to source through local suppliers.

On February 3, 2017, 200 community leaders, policy makers, residents and business leaders joined United Way of Peel Region and its Black Community Advisory Council for a panel discussion: Roots, Commitment and Legacies: Examining the state of affairs of the Black Community in Peel.

Panel members spoke about the successes and challenges of the Black community in Peel in terms of education, child welfare, and policing.

We will continue to hold these types of public conversations to inform and advocate for specific social issues with the intention of developing solutions for our racialized communities.

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.