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Research & Reports
United Way York Region (UWYR) invests in research to build evidence-based strategies to change community conditions. By sharing our ideas and findings, we work to raise the understanding of the diverse civic, social and economic fabric of our region, and how we can affect real, lasting change in areas of our community where it’s needed most.
In 2008, we released if addressed, a report which kicked off a year-long dialogue across our nine municipalities on the defining issue of our remarkable region: the intersection of pace of growth, the changing face of growth, and the places where said growth is occurring.
…addressing our strengths
In 2009, after more extensive research, we released …addressing OUR STRENGTHS, a report which confirms that we are a region of communities within communities and that our quality of life moving forward is grounded in our ability to invest in our three priorities: helping kids be all they can be, moving people from poverty to possibility and creating strong people and healthy communities.
In September 2011, a five-part Meeting House series called …more than roads, sewers, stores and schools was launched – a natural progression from…if addressed. The dialogues explored social infrastructure in the region’s five communities targeted for major growth in the next 20 years: East Gwillimbury; Newmarket; Vaughan; Markham; and Richmond Hill. Individuals from these communities came together to share what is important in their community, the challenges they are seeing but also ideas for a positive future. These include more spaces for gathering, opportunities for learning, network building and other supports and services necessary for the adequate development of social infrastructure in the context of growth. Click here to access the findings from this community dialogues series, which asked the question: “how do we build social infrastructure in the face of ongoing growth?”
A Profile of York Region’s Low Income Population
UWYR is a lead member of York Region’s Community Social Data Strategy (CSDS) Community Reference Group (CRG), a body which works in partnership with various other community organizations, and produces and shares important data that highlights key trends in the region. For years, UWYR has co-chaired this community collaboration in partnership with Tony Van Bynen, Mayor of Newmarket. In 2011, the CRG released “A Profile of York Region’s Low Income Population” based on 2006 census data. All of this research is critical to building evidence-based strategies for getting at the root causes of our region’s challenges and will guide our efforts to continue targeting priority areas that must be addressed.
It’s More Than Poverty
UWYR is proud to participate in a ground-breaking report, released by McMaster University and United Way Toronto. It’s More Than Poverty gives us the first-ever profile of precarious employment in York Region and details how today’s job market is impacting individuals, families and our community. It shows that precarious employment is on the rise and that, of the communities surveyed, York Region has the highest percentage of people working in precarious jobs. Read the executive summary or the full report.
Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group
UWYR is proud to partner with York University in the Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group, which served as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas regarding present-day and future prospects for development and governance policies and processes shaping the growth of suburbs in the Greater Toronto Area. The Roundtable Report, released September 2013, includes a piece on the “social suburbs” where UWYR outlines the challenges faced in the midst of growth in York Region, and how to build the social infrastructure that can support and strengthen the children, youth, families and seniors who call York Region home today and for decades to come.