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About United Way Centraide North East Ontario


Mission Statement


To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. 


Our Work


We support the social service sector in our community through training, funding and partnership building.  


United Way is a major funding organization that delivers ongoing support to social service agencies through its Community Fund, supporting a network of programs and services. The majority of these programs and services fall under our three focus areas;


  • Helping Kids Be All That They Can Be
  • Building Strong Communitites
  • Moving People From Poverty To Possibility


Registered Charity # 108160037RR0001

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United Way/Centraide began in Canada with the formation of a Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in both Montreal and Toronto in 1917 and the Toronto Federation for Community Service in 1918.  Prior to the formation of the Federations, social agencies conducted their own private appeals; but because of the ever-increasing multiplicity of appeals, returns from private individuals, businesses, churches and corporations began to diminish.  The Federations were formed to integrate these fund raising activities into one federated campaign.


Sudbury District 

United Way/Centraide received its charitable registration number and began its first campaign in the Sudbury District in 1982. A pivotal relationship began with the United Steelworkers Local 6500 while Ron McDonald was President. He had learned of Sault Ste. Marie’s successful partnership with United Way and brought a campaign proposal to Inco. Once agreed, it was decided to have a joint Inco/USW campaign led by equal company/USW co-chairs. Local 6500 then negotiated with United Way for a labour position to help the success of United Way’s movement. Sudbury United Way had its first campaign with Inco/United Steelworkers in 1982 with much success. The campaign goal for that year was $700,000, with an actual collected amount of $317,000. Although, the agency only achieved approximately 40% of its goal, those involved realized that this was a significant amount, considering it was their first campaign, and that it was carried out under the very trying circumstances of the economic conditions that existed in Sudbury at that time. The Board unanimously decided to move on. Subsequently, Local 6500 encouraged Falconbridge steelworkers’ staff and had their first campaign in 1983.

Nipissing District

In January 2012, thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way was able to open an office and hire a full time Community Capacity Coordinator in North Bay to further provide services to the Nipissing District. 

Cochrane District

On April 1st, 2017, United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts expanded its territory to include the Cochrane and Timiskaming districts. This decision was made jointly between United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts and United Way Cochrane-Timiskaming to ensure a sustainable presence and achieve greater impact within the community. The change transformed United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts into a regional organization serving a vast geographic area encompassing the districts of Cochrane, Greater Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury-Manitoulin, and Timiskaming. This regional transformation has not changed United Way’s local commitment to ensure that money raised locally stays local.

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