We are part of a global movement dedicated to ending gender-based violence in all its forms. It is our vision to see all women and children thriving.

“7 years ago I started my new life as a single parent. The YWCA was a lifesaver for the ‘what do I do now?’ period, when I couldn’t even wrap my head around a new life.”

I went to the START program and found the resources, the understanding and the help that I needed. You can too.”

“Change is so hard but you will create new strength for yourself that you didn’t even think was there. Taking back your life is worth it!”

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Fall 2020 Newsletter

Gain an inside look at a few of the current changes taking place at the YWCA in this edition of our Fall Newsletter. View as pdf Learn about upcoming projects, join us in celebrating recent acts of kindness, and consider building new holiday giving traditions in support of local women and children.

What’s Next? Fund Update

Our What’s Next? Fund supports innovative programs that address the tough journey of rebuilding a life after the initial crisis of escaping domestic violence has passed. As a result of compassionate donor support, this fund is making it possible to overcome many of the challenges presented by COVID-19. We have started the process of creating…read more

2020 Impact Report

View 2020 Impact Report as PDF

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News

COVID-19 Update

Our shelter, support and crisis services for women who experience violence are still available.  We have implemented COVID-19 screening assessment, disinfecting, physical distancing and isolation practices to keep everyone as safe as possible. We know that dramatic health protection measures will slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Shelter, safety planning, referrals and ongoing support are more…read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

November 25 marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, a world-wide event drawing attention and protest against violence against women. This year’s event carries a grim statistic-as the COVID 19 pandemic continues domestic violence numbers across Canada are rising. Kim Dolan, executive director of the YWCA, spoke with Lindsay Biscaia…read more

Wellness is a social justice issue in 2020

The Star | by Laura Elliot, YWCA Board Director We are wasting a crisis. While Toronto has been identified as a COVID hot spot, the reality is that low-income neighbourhoods make up the majority of outbreaks. Toronto publishes data on the concentration of infections in the city, and areas such as Glenfield-Jane Heights tend to represent a…read more

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