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2018-2019 Annual Report

Our role as thought leaders, tackling homelessness and our groundbreaking research

A United Way-supported agency helped Xica find housing she felt safe in as a trans woman.

Our role as thought leaders, tackling homelessness and our groundbreaking research

Solutions to the challenges that face our community won’t come from one source; it’s an all-in effort requiring the collective talent and commitment of many. That’s why we bring our thought leadership and expertise to a host of tables, boosting and leveraging the bench strength of numerous networks, committees and partnerships to map out the path to real and lasting change. The CivicAction Board, the provincial Council for Youth Prosperity, Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table, Healthy City Stewardship Committee in Peel, Toronto Community Benefits Network and the Community Data Consortium in York Region—these are just a few. On the issue of homelessness alone, we’re proud to be joining forces with others to lead the work of Peel Alliance to End Homelessness, the City of Toronto’s Housing Action Plan and York Region’s Homelessness Community Advisory Board.

  • Getting Left Behind, our third Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) report, revealed that too many people are still being left behind in today’s workforce despite an improving economy. The report outlined an action plan calling on all sectors to take measures to mitigate the impact of precarity on workers and ensure that background and circumstances are not barriers to the labour market. Released in June 2018, the report has been widely cited as an authority on the issue of income inequality by the media, including the Toronto Star.
  • While some economic outcomes for newcomers in Peel show promise, many continue to be disproportionately under-employed despite high levels of education. That’s just one finding from two studies conducted by the United Way-sponsored Peel Newcomer Strategy Group. This comprehensive picture of newcomers in Peel is informing policy, programs and research to improve settlement and integration efforts.
  • It’s a different world with unprecedented challenges for today’s youth. For those “furthest from the shore,” disconnection from school and work is more than a personal loss, it’s a missed opportunity costing Ontario almost $2 billion a year. Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET), a research partnership between the provincial government, United Way Greater Toronto and multiple agencies, will generate new knowledge about these youth to ensure that future policies and programs unlock their potential.

A United Way-supported agency helped Xica find housing she felt safe in as a trans woman.