Labour Views for September 14, 2016

Change Starts Here.

Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour

Organized labour and the United Way share a common goal – to strengthen our communities. The Canadian Labour movement has had a formal relationship with United Way Canada for over 25 years. Fourteen years ago the Northern Territories Federation of Labour, together with its affiliates, helped to found United Way Yellowknife, now known as United Way NWT.

The federal and territorial governments have payroll deduction programs in place to provide an easy way for workers to donate to the United Way in their community. We strongly encourage everyone to make a donation each payroll. You don’t have to give a lot to help make a difference, find an amount that works for you and you can begin to improve northern lives and build our communities.

In the last year alone, United Way NWT invested over $90,000 with another $155,000 donated in 2016 to 21 organizations across the NWT, most of them with projects with a territory-wide reach.

Here are the 21 projects that received funding from United Way NWT in 2016:

1. Food First Foundation (Pan-territorial)
2. Children First Society (Inuvik)
3. Ecology North (Yellowknife)nwt_unw_300x250_03
4. Food Rescue (Yellowknife)
5. Community Garden Society of Inuvik (Inuvik)
6. Inuvik Food Bank (Inuvik)
7. Fort Smith Ecumenical Group/Soup Kitchen (Fort Smith)
8. Yellowknife Association for Community Living (Yellowknife)
9. Northern Youth Leadership (Pan-territorial)
10. Mildred Hall School’s Traditional Mentorship Program (Yellowknife)
11. Hay River Soup Kitchen (Hay River)
12. YK Cares (Yellowknife)
13. Girl Guides of Canada – Yellowknife (Yellowknife)
14. Yellowknife Scouts
15. MS Society of Canada – Yellowknife Region (Yellowknife)
16. St. John Ambulance Saint-Jean (Pan-territorial)
17. CNIB (Pan-territorial)
18. Hay River Seniors’ Society (Hay River)
19. Foster Family Coalition of the NWT (Pan-territorial)
20. YWCA (Yellowknife)
21. NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group (Pan-territorial)

Please visit United Way NWT’s website ( to read the many success stories from the northern organizations and communities that have done great work with the funding that they have received!

United Way NWT has money to fund projects like these because of each donors’ decision help make positive change in our communities. Payroll deductions spread giving into affordable amounts deducted from every pay cheque. The end result is a satisfying feeling of helping to build our communities as well as a tax credit.

In 2017, United Way NWT plans to allocate $170,000 in funding – so make sure you watch out for the announcement for funding applications!

If your workplace doesn’t have a payroll deduction plan, call United Way NWT to find out how to set one up (867-669-7986), or schedule a monthly donation through

The Northern Territories Federation of Labour, together with its affiliates, continues to support United Way NWT because we care about our communities and we know that Change starts here.