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Moving People From Poverty to Possibility: Investing in the Financial Stability of All Canadians

Financial instability can affect every aspect of a person’s life. For those that struggle to find work or manage a budget, breaking out of the cycle of poverty and reaching their full potential can be extremely difficult.

In communities across Canada, United Way is working to help Canadians find meaningful jobs, manage expenses and support their families. Nationally, United Way invests over $15.7 million per year in programs ranging from job skills training and continuing education opportunities, to financial literacy initiatives.

In Calgary, Alberta, United Way Calgary & Area plays a leadership role in Financial Empowerment, a citywide initiative focusing on six strategies to support Calgarians who are experiencing financial stress and to prevent others from slipping into poverty. Working with government, public and non-profit partners, the program helps people reduce and manage debt, increase savings, and build assets.   

United Way Centraide Ottawa’s (Ottawa, Ontario) Small Change app is a free and innovative tool that helps users learn how to budget. Each time a user tracks a small behavioral change that increases their savings – like bringing lunch to work – TD Bank Group makes a donation to United Way’s financial education programs. A win-win situation for everyone!

In Montreal, Quebec, Centraide of Greater Montreal is working with Action Travail des Femmes du Québec to support women as they develop skills in the trades, search for jobs to support themselves and their families, and strive to ensure gender equality in the workplace. 

United Way Toronto & York Region’s (Toronto, Ontario) Career Navigator is preparing the community’s young people, especially those facing barriers, for a job. To date, 529 youth have received coordinated education, training and support services to help them obtain valuable certifications and transition into a meaningful career.

Together, we are working to meet the basic needs of our community’s most vulnerable people. By investing in opportunities for everyone to realize a better future, we can build strong communities for all Canadians.