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United Ways in Peel, Toronto and York Region join forces for greater regional impact

(September 27, 2017) – On the heels of United Way of Peel Region’s unanimous Board vote, United Way Toronto & York Region’s Board echoed the same recommendation — to move forward with a merger between the two organizations.

In their recommendation, the Boards cited significant alignment between the two United Ways. The two organizations have the same mission, vision, and core values, and their strategic plans share the same community priorities.

“We’re committed to remaining fiercely local in Peel Region” said Thomas Dyck, Chair of United Way Peel Region’s Board of Directors. “And we know that as one United Way covering all of Toronto, York Region and Peel, we’ll be able to do more to expand local investments, strengthen our sector's capacity to respond to the issues and challenges that our region and its people are facing, and provide outstanding service to our donors and volunteers.”

Shirley Hoy, chair of the United Way Toronto & York Region Board, pointed to recent Census findings that reveal the entrenchment of deep poverty is now a reality in every part of the GTA as a reinforcing factor for the decision to merge.

"The best way to address the two organizations’ common issues, such as youth unemployment and poverty, is to work together, because we know that the issues do not stop or start at lines on a map. We’re also proud of our ability to ensure local impact, local improvements”, says Hoy.

The successful merger two years ago between Toronto and York Region was also a contributing factor to the decision. Together, United Way Toronto & York Region raised a record-setting $102 million in 2016 representing 3% campaign growth after years of flat-lined direct dollars for United Ways at both organizations.

In terms of next steps, United Way remains committed to being transparent throughout this process and will continue to update the public of all the progress made. A members’ vote in Peel is scheduled to take place October 26. This final vote will determine our moving forward and operationalizing the merger with a target date of April 1, 2018.

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: www.unitedwaypeel.org.

About United Way Toronto & York Region

United Way Toronto & York Region is a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for a better life for everyone from the waterfront of downtown Toronto, to the southern shore of Lake Simcoe. Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to support a network of agencies that help people when they need it most. United Way also addresses the root causes of social problems, working to change community conditions for the better over the long term.

Media contacts:

United Way of Peel Region
Carol Kotacka
Interim Lead, Stakeholder Relations & Public Affairs
ckotacka@unitedwaypeel.org | Phone: 416-356-6344

United Way Toronto & York Region
Glenn Ewald
Director, Strategic Communications
gewald@uwgt.org | Phone: 416-574-4971