United Way of Peel Region Celebrates the Contributions of Labour

PEEL REGION (October 6, 2016) – Earlier today United Way of Peel Region recognized the contribution of Labour in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga during the annual Peel Regional Labour Council breakfast.

Nationally, United Way and the Canadian Labour Congress have partnered together since 1988. Representing over 3 million individuals, the Canadian Labour Congress is the largest federation of unions in Canada. Unions care deeply for their communities, providing cooperative housing, childcare and other social services. Working together with United Way at a national and local level, the Canadian Labour Congress engages and endorses the support of United Way across Canada.

Last year, unionized workplaces donated over $2.9 million dollars to United Way of Peel Region. In addition, the Dufferin-Peel Secondary Unit (DPSU) of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) provided funding to United Way’s Youth in Action grant, a one-time granting opportunity focused on youth-led projects that offer creative youth-initiated ideas to address community issues in Peel Region. Youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are eligible to apply for this grant.

"As a teacher’s union local representing 2,300 members working in high schools in the Peel Region, our unit executive has sought to create stronger ties with the communities in which we teach.” Said Peter MacDonald, President, DPSU, OECTA.  We could think of no better way to build community than to partner with United Way of Peel and to help fund this project. "

“Working together we are possibility” said Jim McDowell, President, Peel Regional Labour Council.

“Labour has been an important longstanding partner of United Way of Peel Region. Together we are working to reduce the root causes of poverty and enhance possibilities for better income security and self- sufficiency among our citizens and families across Peel.” Said Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region. “I would like to thank all members of the Labour Council for the tremendous work they do and for their continued partnership with United Way of Peel Region.”

About United Way of Peel Region

Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and motivate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is to help individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, to ensure all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and to build strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit:

Media contacts:

Roy Saad | Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
416-356-6344 (mobile) | | @unitedwaypeel