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September 12, 2017
City of Toronto announces United Way fundraising goal of $1.5 million
The City of Toronto announced its 2017 United Way Employee Campaign fundraising goal of $1.5 million at the campaign kickoff today on Nathan Phillips Square. City officials were joined by representatives of municipal unions and associations. The Toronto Public Service's United Way fundraising campaign is led jointly by unions and management.

"The City of Toronto has a long and proud tradition of supporting the United Way," said Mayor John Tory. "This fantastic fundraising initiative highlights our collective efforts to help the communities in which we live and work and those residents who need it most."

"The Toronto Public Service often collaborates with United Way Toronto and York Region in serving our most vulnerable residents," said City Manager Peter Wallace. "The work we do as public servants, combined with our charitable dollars and efforts, results in residents being better served and urgent needs being met."

Contributions to United Way help in many ways. Examples include helping to provide shelter for abused women, providing pre-employment training opportunities for newcomers, enabling at-risk youth to participate in school programs or counselling sessions, and giving adults with physical or mental disabilities an opportunity to participate in programs that help them live independently and stay connected to the community.

"Our employees are engaged with the local community – not only by providing outstanding service every day to Toronto residents as part of their jobs, but by giving back to the broader community, demonstrating their commitment to the United Way's priority of building strong neighbourhoods, youth success and reducing poverty," said Campaign Co-patrons John Livey, Deputy City Manager, and Frank Ramagnano, President of the Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association.

The Toronto Public Service is joined in its campaign by five agencies and corporations: Toronto Public Library, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place. The City's employee campaign has raised more than $1 million each of the past 16 years.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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