Last year, we committed $10 million to United Way Greater Toronto – the region’s largest non-governmental supporter of social services. The organisation is dedicated to ensuring opportunities are available for people to improve their lives and build promising futures. We also launched an initiative to bring business leaders together to work alongside the wider community to establish innovative approaches for tackling economic disparity.
Our involvement with United Way precedes our commitment made last year: we have participated in United Way’s annual CN Tower Climb since 2007, walking up the 1,776 steps of Toronto’s iconic landmark to fundraise against local poverty. In 2018, we rallied together two teams to run the 5km Scotiabank Rat Race, raising a total of $9,441.
BMO is a founding partner of Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only 24/7 counselling and information service for young people. Since its establishment in 1989, the organisation now helps over 5000 kids, teens and young adults every week. We’re proud of our ongoing role in helping to support young Canadians. Every May, we host Walk So Kids Can Talk – Canada’s largest walk in support of Kids Help Phone, which takes place in more than 30 communities across the country. In 2018, we raised $20,365 for the cause.