United Way Centraide Canada has developed an interactive map  to illustrate the scale and scope of local funding disbursements made through the New Horizons Seniors Program.

September 1, 2020 (Ottawa) – When the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary lock-down measures disrupted community services, Canadian seniors who depend on those services for support became increasingly vulnerable and isolated.

On March 29, to provide immediate essential services to seniors during the pandemic, the Government of Canada announced a grant of $9 million under the New Horizons for Seniors Program to be distributed through the United Way Centraide Canada network.

United Way Centraide Canada, working with Employment and Social Development Canada, developed a population distribution model and rapidly disbursed these funds in late April to 77 United Ways and Centraides (UWCs) across the country, enabling them to meet some of the critical local community needs that emerged amongst vulnerable seniors during the early stages of the pandemic.

Read the article on United Way Centraide Canada website

In related news…

The Philanthropist article explores how social innovation in the UWC network fueled its COVID-19 response 

The final installment in The Philanthropist’s series about social innovation looks at how the COVID-19 crisis was a catalyst for innovation within the United Way Centraide Network. The series is published as a collaboration between The Philanthropist and McConnell Foundation.

“The effects of the COVID-19 crisis have been both devastating and unequal: the pandemic hit marginalized communities hardest and it has further entrenched societal inequities. Despite this, there is a silver lining: the unprecedented learning opportunity before us as we work to not only respond, but build back a better, more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable society.” … Read the full article.