United Way Greater Toronto

The historic partnership between Toronto & York Region Labour Council, and United Way Greater Toronto allows Labour Community Services to amplify the voices of many who are in need of support. The partnership enables LCS to strengthen its collaboration with groups in Toronto and York Region from the ground up.


The United Community Fund of Greater Toronto (now United Way Greater Toronto) was established in 1956 at a meeting of the Toronto Labour Council (now Toronto & York Region Labour Council). Workers, who had been regularly petitioned to make financial contributions to various welfare agencies, expressed their desire for an easier way of making regular contributions. As a result, payroll deductions were established, and a Board of Trustees was elected to direct the fund. In 1982 an agreement was reached between the Labour Council and United Way to fund Labour Community Services Toronto. This formal partnership has stood the test of time. Today Labour Community Services works and partners with groups in Toronto and York Region to achieve a just and equitable society for all. 

United Way Fundraising Announcement

Through its work with: United Way Greater Toronto, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, and  community organizations; Labour Community Services plays an active role in ensuring that equity and diversity are key considerations in all social justice action.

You can read more about the history of our organization here.

Members of numerous union locals in Toronto and York Region actively supported United Way Greater Toronto by participating in workplace campaigns at unionized work sites. We are proud to recognize their tremendous contributions.

View our full union honour roll which recognizes the contribution of unionized workplaces in support of United Way’s annual fundraising campaign;  without you, there would be no way.