Anita Stellinga—Regional Executive, GTA Integration, United Way Greater Toronto, and former President & CEO of United Way Peel Region—talks about the April 1 merger between United Way Peel Region and United Way Toronto & York Region.


At United Way, we’re concerned about the impact of poverty on our residents and communities across the region. Poverty does not recognize boundaries. The issues in Peel, Toronto and York Region are interconnected.

For that reason, both the Boards of United Way of Peel Region and United Way Toronto & York Region agreed, unanimously, to merge as of April 1st, 2018, to become United Way Greater Toronto. So that we can strengthen our scale, our strategies and our supports across the region to fight poverty in all of its forms.

As examples of our work, we have continued our investments, locally, to our agencies in Peel Region. We’ve continued working with our Community Advisory Councils, on the ground, for the South Asian, Chinese and Black communities. And we have continued to provide leadership to Peel’s Poverty Reduction Strategy—a community-wide, region-wide approach to bring together government, community agencies and people with lived experience to address issues of poverty facing our region.

Your support helps fuel collaborations, supporting and providing resources across the region, helping us gain insights and lessons learned from our work in fighting poverty.

A regional lens for local impact—to strengthen the lives of our community residents and our communities.

people—across 13 cities and towns—are cared for by the new United Way Greater Toronto. That includes you! Read how the merger makes our whole region stronger.

Thanks to you, United Way was able to convene the ONTARIO FOR ALL initiative: key conversations with all four parties (leading up to the June provincial election) about ending poverty through five priorities. Learn more.

For 2018, a LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE GRANT from generous United Way supporters Stephen Smith and Diane Blake will match all gifts of $1,200 or more—amplifying your investments here at home.

Last year, our CN Tower Climb was reinvented as UP 2017, and you—individuals, companies and agencies from across the region—rose to the challenge. 8,000+ of you participated and $1.7M+ was raised. Thanks for standing so tall against local poverty!

The power of INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT: RBC Capital Markets’ Harleen Bains is known for championing women in the workplace, and for co-chairing United Way’s Women United, a group that empowers women experiencing poverty. During the past year, she returned for a third year (of a two-year term!) as co-chair to lead Women United through 2017, and closed out her term by hosting an exclusive event for Visionary Women United members (those who give $10K+) in the spring.