It's official - United Way of Peel Region and United Way Toronto & York Region to join forces for greater community impact

October 26, 2017 – This morning, one month after the Boards of United Way of Peel Region and United Way Toronto & York Region voted to unanimously recommend a merger, United Way of Peel Region members echoed this decision with a yes-vote. This outcome solidifies next steps to officially move forward with a merger.

“We’re inspired and encouraged by this vote of confidence from our members,” said Thomas Dyck, Chair of United Way Peel Region’s Board of Directors. “This reassurance from community tells us we are moving in the right direction. We’ll be able to strengthen our sector's capacity to respond to the issues that our region and its people are facing, and do so in a way that is fiercely local.”

Trends reinforced by recent census findings reveal the entrenchment of deep poverty is now a reality in every part of the GTA, and underscored the decision to merge.

The successful merger two years ago between United Way Toronto and United Way 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 from the pre-merger year prior.

Shirley Hoy, Chair of the United Way Toronto & York Region Board, welcomes the Peel members’ vote results.
"We’ve heard from our Peel stakeholders that they are excited about the prospects of a merged United Way with this decision,” said Hoy. “The merger will give United Way the tools to more effectively address our common issues such as youth unemployment and poverty — issues that don’t follow lines on a map.”

The outcome of the Peel Members vote will set in motion the process to fully operationalize the merger between the two organizations, a process that is expected to be complete by 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:

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 
Phone: 416-356-6344

United Way Toronto & York Region
Adriana Suppa
Manager, Communications
Phone: 416-777-1444 ext. 554