Explore each local issue, learn about the challenges facing our communities and how together, we’re creating lasting change.

Financial Literacy

Moving from poverty to possibility requires addressing immediate needs in times of crisis, while also building an individual’s capacity to become economically independent. This requires providing various forms of external support and resources, especially for women, racialized people, newcomers, and those with disabilities. It includes offering financial literacy programs, employment skills training, and access to education and vocational training. Learn more.

Food Insecurity

Not having enough money to afford food goes beyond simply feeling hungry. When individuals and families struggle to find safe and healthy housing and enough food, it hinders their ability to pursue education and training that could lead to stable and independent livelihoods. Learn more.


Healthy and safe communities are ones where everyone is included and feels a sense of belonging and value. However, many marginalized groups in our communities, such as seniors, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, racialized individuals, newcomers to Canada, those with low incomes, young people in need, and people with disabilities or mental health challenges, do not experience this sense of belonging. Learn more.

Mental Health

The ongoing mental health crisis has various aspects, and one aspect that is often overlooked is how mental health issues can act as a barrier to finding employment. Research shows that many individuals with serious mental illnesses desire to work, but they face challenges in finding suitable employment due to stigma and discrimination. Learn more.

Women and Girls

Women and girls face systemic barriers, leading to higher poverty rates and mental health challenges. Your support can aid young girls, female-led lone-parent households, Indigenous, racialized, and newcomer women, and gender-based violence survivors in recovering. Learn more.

Youth Supports

Too many children and young people lack the necessary support to reach their full potential, and the pandemic has further hindered their progress. By focusing on the physical, emotional, and educational development of young individuals, we can prevent the emergence of problems that often arise from childhood challenges. Learn more.

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