To ensure that everyone in our community has a stable income through employment or through access to appropriate social benefits.
Many populations, including people with disabilities, people with mental health issues and newcomers, are more likely to be living in poverty as a result of having a low income. Accessing social assistance can be complicated and time consuming. Even full access to all applicable social assistance can leave a recipient with less than what is required to afford the basic costs of living. Employment is key to exiting poverty and an important first step is often the development of skills through participation in employment readiness programs. For newcomers, learning more about Canadian workplace culture is also key. Ethnic and racial discrimination in our community means visible minority groups are often unable to translate their skills and education into stable employment or proper compensation.
This year, United Way London & Middlesex will invest $336,815 in programs that help individuals gain access to applicable social assistance income. United Way also invests in programs and services that develop employability skills as well as programs that address barriers to employment including a newcomer mentorship program which provides valuable networking contacts for newcomers, provides background education of Canadian professional practices, and helps strengthen the local economy through the employment of newcomers.
1 in 4 people with disabilities living in poverty
1 in 5 of London’s newcomers live with low-income. Newcomers make up 26.6% of London’s low-income population
Even when education is taken into account, more than 1 in every 5 visible minority immigrants with a university education was found
in the poorest 20% of Canadians