We change lives in Ottawa

For a city to be great, it has to be great for everyone. We work with local agency partners, government, stakeholders and thousands of donors like you, to change lives right here in our city.

Understanding the need

Through research, consultation and analysis we’re able to identify where our community needs help the most and where our investments will show the greatest results.

Learn more about our three focus areas below.

We support people and give them hope

Our promise is to make sure that your donation goes to where our community needs it most and where it will have the greatest impact in Ottawa.

Read our mission statement

How we do it

We tackle tough problems. How? By researching to better understand the issues in our community, advocating for those who don’t have a voice, funding and partnering with the most effective local organizations who create real opportunities and measuring the results.

Research

We work to understand our city better. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study (ONS) provides data on strengths and challenges for 107 neighbourhoods in Ottawa. By working together we can improve the neighbourhoods in which we live.

Advocacy

United Way Ottawa’s advocacy work encompasses the fostering of constructive relationships and mutual understanding among decision-makers and public policy framers. It includes speaking up on public policy issues that directly impact our priority goals. It sees us playing an active role in developing a “common voice” on behalf of the community sector.

Convening

We draw on vast expertise available in our community neighbourhoods and bring the right people, organizations and skills to the table to deal with specific issues.

Investing

Volunteer-led panels evaluate and make recommendations to fund the programs that create measurable and lasting impact.

Results that matter

We put your donation to work where it will have the greatest impact in Ottawa.

United Way, its donors and partners have changed the lives of more than 197,000 people in Ottawa since 2011 by investing more than $26.6M in local programs and initiatives. This means:

  • 46,900 kids have a safe place to go after school to learn, play and grow
  • 18,215 seniors got the help needed to remain in their homes and connected to community
  • 11,872 people got access to mental health support
  • 41,300 in crisis got immediate support when they needed it most
  • 13,135 kids put on the path to succeed in school
*Donors directed a further $7M to specific Canadian charities through United Way since 2011.

60,034 kids in Ottawa are on a path to succeed in school and in life thanks to the $7.2 million United Way has invested in early education and after-school programs and initiatives since 2011.

Highlights:

  • 46,900 kids have a safe place to go after school to learn, play and grow
  • 13,100 put on the right path to start school with the skills to succeed
More about our work with kids

7,800 people with disabilities, homeless youth and new Canadians have lives filled with possibilities thanks to the $4.3M United Way has invested in employment and housing-first programs and initiatives since 2011.

Highlights:

  • 1,026 homeless youth got help to get them off the streets for good
  • 3,182 people with disabilities received support and training to find a job
  • 3,645 new Canadians got the help needed to find a job and start a new life in our city
  • 75% of homeless youth who took part in the program got off the streets and into stable housing
More about our work in poverty

United Way has changed the lives of 107,000 people by investing $17M since 2011 in programs that lead to healthier people and strong communities.

Highlights:

  • 11,800 people with mental health issues got the help they needed
  • 71,900 people in crisis had a place to turn to for help when they needed it most
  • 15,000 seniors got the help they needed to remain in their homes and stay connected to their community
  • 1,300 volunteers were equipped with the tools they neeedd to build a stronger neighbourhood
More about our work in healthy people, strong communities

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Together, we are changing lives

Your donation is invested locally, changing the lives of people in Ottawa. Find out more about the people whose lives have improved because of your donation.

By the numbers

Since 2011, United Way, its donors and partners have invested in programs and initiatives to change the lives of people all across our city.

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Where your donation is changing lives in Ottawa

Our research helps us identify the neighbourhoods where help is needed most. Using the map, you can see where United Way’s investments are changing lives in Ottawa neighbourhoods.  You can view the information in a list if that’s easier.

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