Merger promises to boost the fight against poverty

October 10, 2017 by  

Two local divisions of the United Way have agreed to combine their institutions, to better address the needs of low income adults and youth in the communities of Brampton and Mississauga.

The United Way chapters of Peel and Toronto-York are responsible for over 900 neighbourhoods, in which the poverty rate is found to be much higher than the provincial average. As a result, the two divisions of the United Way have been contacted regularly with needs for their services, with lengthy waitlists for mental health services, housing subsidies, childcare programs and youth employment programming noted.

A successful merger will combine the 273 social service agencies, and better utilize the nearly $115m the two United Way branches gather in donations each year. Some of this funding may be used to print calendars and brochures, detailing the services the newly merged United Way agency will provide across its new combined area.

Both the Peel Region and Toronto-York boards voted unanimously to unite last month. Final approval is expected to be granted on October 26, from the members of the United Way of Peel. Once granted, the merger will take effect as of April 1, 2018.

The action is being modeled after the successful merger of the Toronto and York divisions of the United Way back in 2015, with similar success hoped for.