#GoRedFridays — a new and colourful way to show support and solidarity with those experiencing poverty in our community. Make the #UNIGNORABLE issues of poverty visible by wearing red on Fridays.

When you take part in #GoRedFridays, you are helping to build a better tomorrow and creating a dialogue around the #UNIGNORABLE issues of poverty. Whether physically present onsite, working remotely, or as an individual, people like you participating in this initiative provide important resources for those experiencing poverty in our community and across the region. Your donation ensures that essential food, clothing, housing and other services are available to people, children, families, and seniors in need. In addition, you’re helping raise awareness and encouraging important dialogue.

To participate in this initiative, we invite individuals and workplaces to make a contribution through our #GoRedFridays Page by donating $3 per Friday, $40 for the remainder of 2021 or donating $10 monthly.

This initiative will count towards your Workplace Special Event total for workplaces that participate and have employees contributing through your personalized work page.

Click here for more information and to sign up your company.


Sponsored Employee Program

The United Way’s Sponsored Employee Program gives community minded employers an excellent opportunity to make an investment in strengthening our community. By loaning one of your employees to participate in this program, you’re making an investment in your employee, enhancing your workplace and assisting the United Way in achieving its community impact goals.

Sponsored Employees (SEs) benefit from a unique professional development experience. Employees bring increased community knowledge and a better understanding of corporate social responsibility when they return to your workplace.

For more information on how your company can register for the Sponsored Employee Program, please contact Jodie Wilson by calling 807-626-1758.

2021 Workplace Campaigns

As businesses and organizations begin to reopen, we know that workplaces will operate differently for some time. That’s why our 2021 Workplace Campaigns will continue to work VIRTUALLY! 

Solicitation for payroll pledges and one-time donations can take place between January 1 – November 26.

Special Events and Engagement Opportunities can be run year-round. Special Event money must be submitted no later than January 7, 2022 to count for the 2021 campaign year.

Please express your interest in running an online campaign this year by reaching out to Jodie Wilson at jwilson@uwaytbay.ca

Honour Roll – Workplace Charitable Giving

Workplace campaigns are a way for employees to support the United Way of Thunder Bay and have fun as a team while doing it!

We honour the most generous workplaces every year. Thank you for taking action and caring about your community!

Campaign Excellence Award

Presented to those organizations whose employees demonstrate outstanding leadership in their United Way Campaign with 100% participation and either 150.00 per capital or a 35% increase over last years campaign.

  • Autohome*
  • Evergreen a United Neighbourhood*
  • Gillons Insurance Brokers*
  • IG Wealth Management*
  • Northern Credit Union – Red River Rd.*
  • Teleco*
  • United Way of Thunder Bay*

Campaign Leadership Award

Presented to those organizations whose employees demonstrate outstanding leadership in their United Way Campaign with 100% participation and either 150.00 per capita or a 35% increase over last years campaign.

  • Manulife Financial*
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
  • Parks Canada
  • Thunder Bay Boys & Girls Club

Campaign Achievement Award

Presented to those organizations whose employees demonstrate outstanding leadership in their United Way Campaign with 60% participation and either 70.00 per capita or a 15% increase over last years campaign.

  • Central Canada Industries Inc.*
  • Correctional Service Canada – Parole*
  • Dominion Motors*
  • Lakehead Social Planning Council*
  • Reliance Home Comfort*
  • Toromont Cat*
  • White Macgillivray Lester LLP*
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Children’s Centre Thunder Bay
  • Coastal Steel Construction Limited
  • Northern Credit Union – Arthur St

*Indicates special Community Fund Recognition given when 75% or more on an Employee Campaign goes to the United Way Community Fund which supports Community Partners and Programs.

PLATINUM – Presented to those organizations with employee per capita giving of $200.00 and above.
4Site Limited*
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation*
CIBC Wood Gundy*
G.A.S Electric Ltd.*
Ministry of Education – Regional Office*
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport*
Thunder Bay Counselling*
Thunder Bay Literacy Group*
WSP Canada Inc. / Architecture 49 Inc.*
Performance KIA
Quirion Financial Services
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
GOLD – Presented to those organizations with employee per capita giving of $110.00 -199.00.
Catholic Family Development Centre*
Enbridge Gas Inc.*
Grant Thornton LLP*
IBM Canada Charitable Fund*
Itec 2000 Equipment & Hydraulics*
John Howard Society*
Ministry of Government and Consumer Service Ontario Shared Services Benefits*
RBC Royal Bank of Canada – Northwestern Ontario Business Banking Centre*
Richardson International Limited*
TD Bank Group Thunder Bay & Region*
Thunder Airlines Limited*
Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc.*
Canada Revenue Agency
March of Dimes Canada
Superior North E.M.S.
The Standard Insurance Brokers
SILVER – Presented to those organizations with employee per capita giving of $75.00 -109.00.
99.9 THE BAY & Country 105*
Bay Credit Union*
CIBC Thunder Bay & Region*
Copperfin Credit Union*
Dougall Media*
Environment and Climate Change Canada*
Fairstone Financial Inc.*
Half-Way Motors Nissan Limited*
Synergy North*
The Chronicle-Journal*
The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board*
Weilers Law*
BRONZE – Presented to those organizations with employee per capita giving of $52.00 -74.00.
Canadian Mental Health Association*
City of Thunder Bay*
CRC Communications Ltd.*
Freedom 55 Financial*
Home Hardware Building Centre*
Hydro One#*
Intercity Industrial Supply Limited*
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines*
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks*
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services – ServiceOntario Retail Offices*
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, HR Service Delivery Division*
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Thunder Bay CACC*
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Claims Services Branch*
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development*
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing*
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Fire Centre*
Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry Northwest Biodiversity & Monitering Unit*
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – CNFER*
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Northwest Regional Office*
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Nipigon District Office*
Ministry of Colleges and Universities – Advanced Education Learner Supports Division*
Ministry of Transportation*
Northern Ontario School of Medicine*
Ontario Power Generation*
Ontario Provincial Police Northwest Region*
Options Northwest*
Pepsico Foundation*
Pinewood Ford Limited*
Polar Mechanical*
Public Health Ontario – Thunder Bay Laboratory*
Service Canada – Thunder Bay*
Superior Hyundai*
Thunder Bay Orthopaedic Inc.*
Thunder Bay Public Library*
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre*
Valhalla Inn*
Viterra Inc.*
William Creighton Youth Services*
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board*
Superior Elevator*
Thunder Bay District Health Unit*
Wawanesa Insurance*
Canada Border Services
Faye Peterson House
Participation – Presented to those organizations with employee per capita giving of up to -51.00
Allstate Insurance Co. Ltd.*
Bombardier Transportation Inc.*
Bombardier Transportation Inc. – 4C Fund*
Buset LLP*
Canadian Hearing Society*
Canadian Pacific*
Canadian Tire – Arthur Street*
Community Clothing Assistance*
Community Living Thunder Bay*
Confederation College*
Digital Engineering Inc.*
E.S. Fox Ltd.*
Ericksons LLP*
First Canadian Insurance Corporation*
Fort William Historical Park*
Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations & Inuit Health Branch*
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Fed Nor*
J.D. Barnes Limited*
Lakehead University*
Metro Store #424*
Ministry of the Attorney General*
Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services – Justice R Lester Youth Centre*
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services -Youth Justice*
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services – Thunder Bay Correctional Centre*
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Probation & Parole*
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services – Office of the Registrar General*
Canada Post Corporation
Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales
Indigenous Services Canada
Indigenous Services Canada – Sioux Lookout
Lakehead Public Schools
Our Kids Count
Service Canada – Kenora
St. Joseph’s Care Group
Sun Life Financial
The Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

*Indicates donors who gave 100% to the United Way Community Fund

Every Day Hero
Alan Auld*
Jennifer Fleming*
Kesia Walker*
Tamara Wylie
Anonymous (1)

*Indicates Community Fund Donors ($500 or more directed to the united Way Community Fund)

Friends List
Dan & Cheryl Adams*
Gerald & Tracy Apperly*
Stephen Ball*
Alexis & Jason Bociurko*
Dr. Susan Bryan*
Dennis & Marissa Buset*
Barry Caland*
Mr. & Mrs. Dale Callaghan*
Nancy Campbell*
Ms. Janet Chiupka*
MacKenzye Dunahee*
Ms. Sarah E. Colquhoun*
Mr. P. Mark Crewdson*
Kelly Crooks*
Ashley & Cosimo Crupi*
Mr. Gerard & Mrs. Julie Cullen*
Marc DeGagne*
Michelle Diston*
Mr. Jack Doughty*
Mary Lynn Douglas*
Mrs. Elizabeth Doyle*
Mr. Kenneth R. Eames*
Bob & Donna Edwards
Dr. & Mrs. Brad Elgie*
Linda Evans*
Charles Fisher
M. Fortin*
Cindy & John Friday
Kristi Fuchs*
Martin Griffith*
Paul & Sharon Heino*
Wendy Hill*
Jim & Donna Holm*
Geoffrey Hudson*
Michael Iwachewski*
Kyla Jarvinen*
Sharon & Mike Johnston*
Andre & Tabatha Kennepohl*
Dawn & Danny Kukko*
Dr. Jan Lacroix*
Shannon Lammers*
Tessa Larson*
Heather LeBlanc*
Ken Lieske*
Kathleen Lynch & Scott Henderson
Seija Makelainen, CPA*
Doug Morrison*
Scott & Karen Murray*
Dawn Nitz
George & Margaret Norman*
Mr. Len Nylund
Garth & Brenda O’Neill*
Ms. LaVaun O’Shea*
Mr. Terry O’Shea*
Aaron Park & Charlene Loponen*
Michel & Darrell Patton*
Scott Pettigrew*
Dr. William R. Potter*
Erika Pouru*
Doug & Mary Lou Rabb*
David A. Richards*
Andrew Richert*
Maarit Ropponen*
John & Jean Rose*
Andrew & Gillian Sadler*
Angela Saunders*
Alexis Savard
George & Joan Shepherd*
Crystal & Armando Simeoni*
Michele Skeete*
Susan J. Southcott, CPA*
Ms. Linda Stajkowski*
Timothy Stevens*
Mr. Peter F. Strawson*
Jeff Tchen & Austen Finlay*
The Temple Family*
Arvind & Priyaa*
Tammy Veltri*
Louise & Frank Wilson*
Dr. PhebeAnn & Mr. Jonathan Wolframe-Smith*
Bryan Wyatt & Laurie Hill*
Don & Donna Yocom*
Kerry & Diane Zimmerman*
Anonymous* (109)
Anonymous (20)

Leaders at Work

We gratefully acknowledge the following workplace campaigns who actively support Leadership and are able to boast two or more Leaders of the Way in 2020. Your commitment to your community is outstanding!

Leaders at Work
Ontario Public Service (16)
Ministry of Colleges & Universities –
Advanced Education Learner Supports (2)
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (2)
Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (13)
Canada Revenue Agency (4)
Indigenous Services Canada (5)
Lakehead University (13)
City of Thunder Bay (12)
RBC Royal Bank (8)
TD Bank Group (7)
Tbaytel (6)
WSP Canada Inc. / Architecture 49 Inc. (6)
Grant Thornton LLP (5)
The United Way of Thunder Bay (5)
Thunder Bay District Health Unit(5)
BMO Nesbitt Burns (4)
Confederation College (4)
St. Joseph’s Care Group (4)Superior North EMS (5)
Balmoral Park Acura/Thunder Bay Mitsubishi (3)
Dougall Media (3)
Manulife Securities Balmoral Commons (3)
Autohome (2)
Children’s Centre Thunder Bay (2)
Enbridge Gas Inc. (2)
G.A.S. Electric Ltd. (2)
Lakehead Public Schools (2)
Lakehead Social Planning Council (2)
Manulife Securities – Colosimo Financial & Insurance Services Inc. (2)
RBC Dominion Securities (2)
Royal Lepage Lannon Realty Limited (2)
Teleco (2)

Local Giving. Local Results.

The United Way of Thunder Bay works with hundreds of workplaces throughout Thunder Bay and region to run Employee Campaigns.

An Employee Campaign encourages individual employees in your workplace to make a charitable donation to our community. Employees choose to have a specific amount of money regularly deducted from their paycheck. Employee Campaigns are offered to workplaces of all sizes; from small businesses of 2 people to large organizations of up to 500.

Approximately 42% of the United Way of Thunder Bay campaign comes from Employee Campaigns annually. The support we receive from individuals flows back to local people and neighbourhoods where the needs are highest.