As Peel’s population continues to grow and shift, so does the need for intentional and well-informed investments in the community’s health and human services. The United Way of Peel Region (UWPR) and the Region of Peel (ROP) have a long history of working in strong partnership to strengthen and enhance the human services sector in Peel Region.

In 2007, ROP and UWPR partnered in a joint planning process resulting in the Community Investment Strategy: Investing for Resilience. The engagement led to the culmination of the Peel Counts 2011 Report: Collective Impact through Results Based Accountability.

Call to Action

The Peel Counts report was a catalyst and call to action for our community to improve on how it uses and builds on data to inform and enhance its planning of supports and services. It also provided practical next steps and ongoing support to build knowledge and capacity.

Where We Are Today

As a region, Peel has identified multiple priorities that are significant in improving the quality of life for residents. We have already seen much success in collaboration and planning to improve health and social priorities but to have large scale impact, Peel needs to move towards having measurable change at a population level that addresses the root issues of priorities.

In May 2014, the ROP and the UWPR commissioned an “Inquiry Report” to make recommendations for systems reform for Human Services that would maximize and leverage all regional and provincial resources, identify and enable alignment across all existing work and build capacity and data literacy to improve IMPACT on the wellbeing of Peel residents. To support this work a Transitional Senior Leadership Committee was formed to act as the backbone support needed at this time. With these changes and alignment of funding community investments by the UWPR and ROP, we are in a better position to strategic leverage each other’s resources and work more effectively together.

Peel Counts will be engaging the community on how best to leverage and focus our efforts to advance our call to action at the upcoming Community Forum on April 12. Click here for more information on how to participate.