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Child poverty reaches into all corners of Winnipeg with devastating effects

1 in 10

Winnipeggers live in poverty

1 in 4

Winnipeg children live in poverty

Children born into poverty are less likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn. They’re less likely to graduate high school. They have worse health outcomes, and have a greater chance of developing mental health issues.

Child poverty also shortens their livestripling the risk of dying before the age of 75. In Winnipeg, the life-expectancy gap between the highest and lowest incomes is almost 20 years.

Supporting United Way Winnipeg makes a real difference in our community

What we’re doing to fight child poverty in Winnipeg

Lifting children out of poverty means helping their families achieve financial stability.

United Way Winnipeg’s donor-supported community fund is helping families work their way out of poverty every day. There are several ways your donation supports children to escape poverty.

Family resource centres offer basic services like phone, internet and laundry facilities.Mentorship increases the chance of graduating and going on to post-secondary school.


Kids are supported through to graduation with early childhood education, before & after-school programs with healthy food and homework help, and mentorship.

Volunteer work can lead to learning job skills and employment.

Job skills

Employment is an important step in escaping poverty. Life skills, job skills, & free clothing for job seekers help families find and keep work.

Training and help with savings helps families build assets they can leverage for their financial future.

Financial literacy

Families achieve empowerment through money management training, matched savings programs, and help building their assets & saving for the future.

Family resource centres help people find a place in their community while offering services like job banks, food and clothing closets, and counselling.


Families get access to income-boosting benefits they’re entitled by filing income tax returns, and accessing post-secondary bonds & bursaries, and loans to assist them in furthering their education.

How does your donation help children who live poverty?

You’re helping the 1 in 4 Winnipeg kids who are growing up in poverty. Here’s how.

You're helping the 1 in 4 Winnipeg children who live in poverty.

Healthy breakfasts • walking school bus • mentorship • after-school programs • homework club • creative outlets like art, music & dance • drop-in centres • cooking club • early childhood education • summer camps

Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council

United Way Winnipeg’s Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC) is fighting poverty by bringing Winnipeggers together to address the root causes.

WPRC is focused on increasing Indigenous youth employment. Working with community training organizations and private-sector employers, it’s a collective effort called TRC92: Youth Employment. Employment will help create stability for families and break the cycle of poverty.

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Manitoba Financial Empowerment Network

Another way we’re helping families and their kids out of poverty is by bringing together our finance-focused agencies in a network.

Launched in cooperation with United Way Winnipeg agency partners and WPRC, the network is reducing poverty & improving the financial well-being of people living on a low-income by enhancing financial empowerment initiatives.

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