YWCA Canada

YWCA Canada

Social Service

About YWCA Canada

YWCA Canada is a leading voice for women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people.

For 150 years, YWCA has been at the forefront of a movement: to fight gender-based violence, build affordable housing, and advocate for workplace equity.

Our values

A Women’s Perspective: Women must take leadership in shaping society’s direction in order to achieve equity and equality for all women.

Difference and Diversity: In order to achieve social and other forms of justice, we must embrace difference and diversity among peoples.

The Whole Person: Strength, wisdom, and character come from the balanced development of the whole person in body, mind, and spirit.

Community Mindedness: Healthy communities, free from violence, racism, and other abuses of power, nurture the whole person. Individuals committed to equity advance the growth of such communities.

Global Interdependence: The worldwide struggle for equity and equality interconnects all women.


Our Impact

National Advocacy

YWCA Canada’s informed advocacy aims to: End gender-based violence, Implement national childcare, Achieve economic equality, End homelessness for women and girls.

Community Action

In collaboration with YWCAs across the country, we develop and scale up local programs, secure funding for, and coordinate national programs and initiatives that expand best and promising practices.

YWCA Canada’s does this through programs like:

  • Born to be bold: The research in this program is focused on creating systemic change for women’s equitable access to the labor market.
  • Think Big! Lead Now! Young Women’s Leadership Program: Designed to equip young women and non-binary youth living in Canada with the knowledge and skills to lead now!
  • In Good Company: Focuses on three main areas; preparing women to be job-ready through training and capacity building, building community awareness around changing attitudes, and addressing employment barriers for women and gender diverse people.
  • DigitalSmarts: YWCA Canada and MediaSmarts have partnered to deliver a digital literacy skills program where we provide free, easily accessible, and supportive digital literacy training.


How your gift will be used

Your legacy gift will ensure that we move forward to continue responding to the urgent needs of women and gender diverse and their families across Canada through national advocacy and community action.

With your legacy and in collaboration with YWCAs across the country, we aim to continue serving more than 300 communities across Canada by providing access to affordable housing, training for access to employment, counseling, and providing support for women and gender diverse people fleeing violence and supporting our youth and young girls to build the skills to grow as leaders in their communities.

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YWCA Canada website idoherty@ywcacanada.ca 416 962 8881 ext.230

Charity Number

88878 9393 RR0001

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