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Programs We Fund

Since 1991, the Foundation has funded programs that work to change the lives of women and girls in more than 1,500 communities across Canada. You can view our most recent grantee programs below, searching by province and program type. Learn more about our approach to moving women and girls out of violence, out of poverty, into confidence, and leadership.

Partnerships Against Sexual Violence

Northern Society for Domestic Peace, Smithers, BC

The Partnerships Against Sexual Violence project would like to enhance the current role of the Community-Based Victim Assistance program to provide outreach specific to developing a sexual assault response and protocols in the Gitxsan Territory of rural northwest British Columbia. To focus on addressing Indigenous women’s experiences of sexual violence and community practices by engaging women in discussions on risks, safety, the rights of victims and in identifying immediate barriers to disclosure and what needs to be addressed. The project engages key community leaders, including chiefs, elders and matriarchs, and key community partners, including bands, health stations, community services, hospital and emergency responders. Through these partnerships, education and explore sexual assault response strategies that incorporate the experiences of the victims will be provided. Community protocols that interface with cultural practices and provide safe procedures that empower women and support disclosure and reporting, and third-party protocols with the detachment and communities are being developed. As well, positive relationships with the RCMP and health care providers when they are responding to sexual violence cases are being encouraged and facilitated.

Grant amount: $22,000 

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute

The Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

More than 70 mid-career women in the non-profit sector received intensive leadership training through this pilot project, which ran from 2012 to 2015.
The Leadership Institute, established in partnership with the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, was designed to ensure that the next generation of women leaders in Canada’s nonprofit sector has the leadership skills needed to effectively manage, build the sector, and become a force for change for gender equality in Canada. Many of the Leadership Institute graduates are working on the forefront of social change—using their skills in a diverse range of organizations across the country.

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship

Women in Technology Employment Program

Making Changes Association of Alberta

Making Changes Association offers an integrated skills training program that combines employability skills upgrading, technical training in the field of computer networking, and hands-on work experience to produce employment outcomes for unemployed or underemployed immigrant and Indigenous women in Calgary. The program includes educational upgrading, technical skills training, work experience, and mentorship in partnership with YYC Net Lab. Participants work towards their Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA) certification. The program also includes a research and policy component drawing on the extensive experience of the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women.

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Mentorship, Skilled Trades, STEM
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Women Unlimited

Women Unlimited

The Women Unlimited program supports diverse women to build careers in the trades and technology (T&T) fields in Nova Scotia.  The Women Unlimited model is designed to support diverse women along a multi-year journey from recruitment, to their 14-week Career Exploration Program, through college-level T&T training, transitioning to employment, and once employed, through apprenticeship to certification.  Throughout this journey, Women Unlimited provides wraparound supports to address the range of barriers women face.  Women Unlimited also works with relevant industries, unions, governments, apprenticeship, educational institutions and agencies to build more respectful learning and workplace cultures for diverse women.

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Mentorship, Skilled Trades, STEM
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Women in Business

SEED Winnipeg

The Women in Business program provides business development supports for Indigenous and Newcomer women to launch a new business or expand an existing business. SEED’s Business Consultants provide business management training, money management workshops, business plan development coaching, access to financing, and continued support after business launch. Each year, the program will be offered to newcomer and/or Indigenous women, and program supports will be adapted to meet the specific needs of each group.

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Mentorship, Self Employment
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Employment My Way

YWCA Moncton

Employment My Way enables women’s economic independence through self-employment.  It assists in training women to research and write a thorough business plan for their micro and small business ideas. Using a gender-based approach, specific barriers and challenges that women face in the workforce and as entrepreneurs will be identified. Additional supports are in place to enable women to succeed in starting or building an enterprise. YWCA Moncton delivers this program in both official languages, English and French, as per group needs.

Location: New Brunswick
Program Focus: Self Employment
Grant Streams: Economic Development

TechWomen

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) offers a pre-employment program designed to prepare newcomer women for careers in the technology sector through web development and design training, tech-specific language skills, employment preparation training, and a practicum placement. ISSofBC provides one-on-one support through career counselling and mentoring opportunities with women working in the tech sector.

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Mentorship, Skilled Trades, STEM
Grant Streams: Economic Development

The Young Women of Wisdom Program

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon

This weekly program provides a safe space for girls aged 9 to 13 to learn from Aboriginal teachings and develop a stronger connection to the land and to connect with women mentors from the community. The Circle of Courage medicine wheel serves as a teaching guide, and specific activities include traditional craft-making, facilitated discussions, sharing circles, traditional teachings, fishing, and canoeing. Facilitators and Elders work with the girls to address barriers in the community, and how to use personal strengths to overcome them. During the winter, the program runs in the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre hall; during the summer, the focus is on outdoor traditional First Nation activities.
Grant amount: $144,692 over 4 years

Location: Yukon
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Girl Power

Sturgeon Lake Central School, Sturgeon Lake, Saskatchewan

This innovative after-school program helps Sturgeon Lake First Nation girls navigate risk factors including sexual violence and abuse, parental neglect, and teenage pregnancy. This program aims to break this cycle and help girls aged 9-13 to achieve their full potential. The girls’ self-esteem is promoted through a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational activities. These activities build on participants’ individual and collective strengths and help them find their voices. The program creates safe spaces, promotes healthy lifestyle choices, and offers role-modeling in critical areas. The goal is to empower girls to think positively about themselves, their community, and their future.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Saskatchewan
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Girls’ Group

Cornerstone Family and Youth, Carlyle, Saskatchewan

Girls’ Group is a group mentoring program that offers weekly meetings, events, field trips, community-service projects, and confidence-building activities over the course of the school year. The program begins by bringing mentors and mentees together in a large group for guided activities with facilitators. Later, the facilitators divide the group into smaller peer-led mentoring groups. These groups meet weekly until June with the guidance of the facilitator. The smaller mentoring groups begin to develop relationships that last many years. The groups participate in team-building activities and group projects. The goal of the program is to ensure each girl feels supported by her peers, has strong self-esteem, and a sense of belonging within her community.
Grant amount: $140,000 over 4 years

Location: Saskatchewan
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Activités scientifiques pour filles

Les Scientifines, Montreal, Quebec

This after-school program offers girls aged 8 to 12 a fun, engaging way to learn about science and technology. Through group activities, projects, and events, girls learn about STEM and practice research and problem-solving skills. Throughout the program, girls learn to work together, develop confidence, debunk gender stereotypes, and celebrate the opportunities for women and girls in STEM fields. The program is offered five times a week.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, STEM
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

The Girls’ Program

Action jeunesse St-Pie X de Longueuil, Longueuil, Quebec

The Girls’ Program helps girls to develop media-literacy skills through activities and discussion. It aims to address the fact that girls are bombarded with messages that negatively influence their emotional, social, and physical well-being. Girls are encouraged to envision a world that is positive and inclusive by using various tools to create their own media. In group activities, girls critically analyze media and learn how to use it to share their own messages with the world.
Grant amount: $124,000 over 4 years

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

The Empowering Girls Project

The Boys and Girls Club of Summerside, Summerside, Prince Edward Island

In a safe, supportive space, girls aged 12 to 13 build healthy relationships, develop confidence, and learn how to identify and pursue their dreams. Through this 16-week interactive program, girls are encouraged to discover their strengths and abilities. There is a strong focus on helping each girl to find her voice and become comfortable sharing her ideas. The girls are empowered to put their visions into action and make a difference in their community through girl-led leadership projects. The program includes workshops/discussions, guest speakers, social activities, field trips, as well as creative activities like art, music, and dance.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Prince Edward Island
Program Focus: Leadership, Physical Literacy
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

CRC Girls Program

Community Resource Centre (Killaloe) Inc., Killaloe, Ontario

Through weekly sessions, this program empowers girls in rural Renfrew County to explore new skills, take on challenges, and celebrate their strengths. Girls aged 9 to 13 will have the opportunity to participate in physical activities, games, media-awareness activities, and art projects. The programming, which is grounded in a feminist framework, consists of three 14-week sessions, as well as summer activities.
Grant amount: $132,260 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Physical Literacy
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

The Speak Up Arts Program

Community Arts and Heritage Education Program (CAHEP), Thunder Bay, Ontario

This program engages girls in weekly artist-led projects in both school and community settings in Thunder Bay. The goal is to empower girls who face social barriers through activities including dance, drama, literary arts, music, new media, urban art, and visual art. The program approach honours Northern Ontario and First Nations views of leadership, which celebrate those whose voices may not always be heard. The program will involve 7th- and 8th-grade students from one school for the first two years, with the long-term goal of expanding to a second school.
Grant amount: $144,000 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Media Literacy
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

TechGyrls, TechGyrls 2.0, STEAM Pilot, and STEM Mentoring

YWCA Cambridge, Cambridge, Ontario

TechGyrls is a girl-led, hands-on, exploratory, and experiential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program that is designed to foster an enduring interest in STEM. It opens girls’ eyes to the opportunities available to them in the STEM fields. The goals of the mentoring program are to increase girls’ and mentors’ sense of self-worth; to broaden girls’ understanding of the STEM field; and to inspire girls to be self-motivated in a supportive and encouraging environment. With their mentors, girls undertake experiments and field trips, as well as long-term projects.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship, STEM
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

The Girls’ Mentoring Program

Sarnia Lambton Rebound, Sarnia, Ontario

This mentoring program matches girls aged 9 to 13 with adult mentors, creating relationships that foster positive life skills. The program aims to reach girls living in rural county areas, as well as immigrants and newcomers. In three-hour sessions held every other week, the girls learn to find their voices, advocate for themselves, and address equality and inclusion. Participants are encouraged to dream big, to work together to accomplish their goals, and to pursue their visions of success. There is also an opportunity for older girls to act as mentors to support new program participants.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

The Bloggurls

North York Community House, Toronto, Ontario

The Bloggurls mentoring program builds on the success of the Village Bloggurls Program, a weekly girls’ leadership and media literacy/media production program in Lotherton Village and Westminster-Branson. The core program provides girls in two communities with creative opportunities to address issues including systemic violence, representation of women in the media, and societal expectations.

The program also helps girls develop skills in leadership, media literacy, and critical thinking. Activities like writing blog, ’zine, and social media posts provide a platform for expression, reflection, connection, and support. Using this approach and model, North York Community House plans to replicate this program at Charles H. Best Middle School in the Bathurst-Finch community. The program mentors provide additional support and technological expertise, and inspire the participants to go further with their ideas and innovative projects.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Divas Young Women’s Media Group

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Divas Media Group increases girls’ media literacy by exploring representations of femininity, the gender binary, and the limitations of gender stereotypes. In weekly meetings, participants discuss feminism, sexism and other social justice issues, and create radio and TV productions that are aired in the local community. These activities give participants the opportunity to improve their public-speaking skills, and learn about digital audio engineering. The program also incorporates creativity through spoken word and arts and crafts workshops. Along with boosting media literacy, the program aims to increase girls’ confidence overall, enhance their understanding of consent in sexual relationships, and of LGBTQ+ identities.
Grant amount: $114,128 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Northern Lights Girls’ Club

YWCA Agvvik Nunavut, Iqaluit, Ontario

In the Northern Lights Girls’ Club, girls age 9 to 13 can explore their culture, embrace their identities, address gender stereotypes, and celebrate what it means to be a girl. In the program, girls learn about gender equality and culture with the help of mentors in their community. By engaging in traditional activities and learning from Elders, participants celebrate Inuit language, culture, history, and tradition.
Grant amount: $159,944 over 4 years

Location: Nunavut
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Express Our Diversity

Second Story Women’s Centre, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Express Our Diversity empowers girls and students who identify as female to develop a healthy sense of themselves as individuals, and as members of diverse communities. The first part of the program is Express Yourself, a weekly session that focuses on confidence-building and self-expression for participants age 9 to 13. It is offered in four schools to students in Grades 4-7. These sessions help participants to identify themselves within their communities, and to determine the strengths they can contribute. Both programs focus on issues including social expectations, self-esteem, body image and sexuality, social media and pornography, healthy relationships, and decision-making.
Grant amount: $120,000 over 4 years

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John, Inc., Saint John, New Brunswick

This school-based group mentoring program encourages girls aged 10 to 14 to develop positive habits around physical activity, balanced eating, and self-esteem. In the program, eight girls are matched with two mentors for 14 weeks. Each of the weekly sessions has a topic focus, such as goal-setting, dealing with bullying, decision-making, and leadership. These topics are all related to the key themes of active living, balanced eating, and feeling good about oneself. The goal is to help girls develop a positive sense of self and set them on a path to reach their full potential. After the 14-week Go Girls! Program, an enhanced mentoring component continues weekly for the rest of the school year. The groups participate in less structured activities that build on the initial themes. The goal is to keep building the girls’ resilience, knowledge, skills, relationships, and confidence. Monthly outings complement the weekly sessions.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: New Brunswick
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Mentorship, Physical Literacy
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

SADI Girls’ Group Mentoring

Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre with Sagkeeng First Nation, Pinawa, Manitoba

In two rural communities, this mentorship program offers girls age 10 and 11 a safe and supervised space to build healthy relationships with older peers. Through partnerships with local schools, the program runs groups that organize discussions, events, and other activities. In Pine Falls, activities focus on issues like gender equality, empowerment, and leadership, with the goal of enhancing the girls’ social skills and self-esteem. In Sagkeeng First Nation, activities draw on similar themes and explore and celebrate the role of history and cultural teachings through the involvement of Elders. Small mentoring groups are led by girls aged 15 and up.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Girls Got Game

Options Community Services Society, Surrey, British Columbia

Faced with cultural and language barriers, newcomer and refugee girls may be unable to access community activities that promote physical activity. Girls Got Game reduces these barriers, providing guided weekly activities in an inclusive, non-competitive environment. The girls can try different sports and physical activities, strengthen their personal and social skills, and develop awareness of the long-term benefits of exercise and play. The program aims to improve the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee girls, boosting their sense of empowerment, and helping to ease their transition into Canadian culture.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Leadership, Physical Literacy
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Strong Girls of Inlailawatash

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, Community Development Dept., North Vancouver, British Columbia

The Strong Girls of Inlailawatash program provides a vital safe space within the communities for girls to foster healthy relationships among themselves and with others through weekly gatherings. Activities are tailored to the girls’ interests, with a focus on building resilience, skills development, mentorship, and sacred teachings on the gifts and roles of being a woman. Historically, Coast Salish women have been the leaders, knowledge-keepers, and life-givers within their communities. By strengthening women and girls, this program is helping to strengthen whole communities.
Grant amount: $80,000 over 4 years

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Circles of Care – Circles of Courage

Canadian Mental Health Association – Cowichan Valley Branch with Malahat First Nation, Duncan, British Columbia

This program encourages Malahat Nation girls to grow up as strong, culturally proud, and active community members. Through the guidance of Coast Salish Elders and through creative arts, the girls learn how to apply traditional teachings to their own lives. Building on the strength of First Nation communities to care for one another, First Nation women play a key role as mentors, helping the girls to develop their self-esteem, resilience, and inner strength.
Grant amount: $100,000 over 4 years

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Mentorship
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Girls’ Club for Immigrant and Refugee Girls

Multicultural Family Resource Society, Edmonton, Alberta

This weekly girls’ club offers immigrant and refugee girls the chance to explore identity and belonging in a safe and culturally-sensitive environment. The goal is for the girls to develop self-confidence and tools they can use to navigate growing up in two cultures. Participants will strengthen their critical-thinking skills, have leadership opportunities, and benefit from a community of support. Building on girls’ personal strengths and participation, youth leaders will guide activities that examine racialization, decolonization, body image, sexual health, media representation, and cultural and gender stereotypes. The program incorporates these topics in activities including theatre, photo-voice, a collective kitchen, as well as physical activities. Throughout the year, the girls will work on a project that expresses their story of identity and belonging using film, photo/art exhibits, spoken word poetry, ’zines, or theatre skits. These will be presented at the year-end celebration.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Project Footprint

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Calgary, Alberta

This project empowers immigrant girls aged 9 to 13 through environmental and outdoor activities. With the help of community partners, the project will raise girls’ awareness of environmental issues, women’s leadership and how they can get involved in making a difference. Girls will develop confidence and leadership skills through weekly girls’ group sessions held at two schools, as well as mentoring activities twice a month. The mentorship component will help girls to apply their skills and lead mini-projects in their schools. An annual field trip will offer participants the opportunity to experience the Canadian wilderness.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship, STEM
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Girls’ Fund Network

Disabled Women’s Network / Réseau d’action des femmes handicapées with Y des femmes Montréal, Montreal, Quebec

DAWN-RAFH Canada and Y des femmes Montréal are collaborating to create accessible programming for girls with disabilities and Deaf girls. This approach combines DAWN-RAFH Canada’s expertise in disability inclusion with the intersectional, feminist, and girls’ programming practiced by the Y des femmes. The Y des femmes will apply an inclusive model to its programs, then share it with organizations across Canada, in both French and English. A key part of this project is documenting the Y des femmes change process, sharing best practices with other organizations, and mentoring them through the process.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years

Location: National
Program Focus: Leadership, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Girls’ Fund

Transition Towards Independence

Help and Hope for Families, Watson Lake, Yukon

This program is designed to demonstrate to all women, from young to elderly, that they can take back their empowerment and dignity after experiencing violence or abuse. It aims to teach women of all ages how to create healthy relationships.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Yukon
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Safer Transitions: Welcoming Gender Diversity in Saskatchewan’s Transition Houses

Moose Jaw Pride, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

The goal of this project is to ensure that Saskatchewan’s Transition Houses are equipped with information, resources, and procedures to ensure the safe and equitable treatment of gender-diverse people who are seeking crisis support services. After providing diversity training to a few Saskatchewan Transition Houses, Moose Jaw Pride recognized the need for more information on gender diversity tailored to the shelter environment. In this project, a trans-identified staff member will work with 5 transition houses to provide ongoing diversity training, a portfolio of resources and best practices, and development of policy, procedural guidelines and recommendations for welcoming gender diversity in transition houses.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Saskatchewan
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Building Healthy Relationships

Bureau de la Communauté Haïtienne de Montréal (BCHM), Montréal, Quebec

Building Healthy Relationships offers workshops to help young women and men gain self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth, and provides tools for developing harmonious and healthy relationships. Participants learn about available resources; how to reduce the impact of violence in their lives; how to develop a greater sense of control over their own future; and how to make positive changes in their communities.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking, Systemic Change

Mettre Fin à la Traite Sexuelle (Ending Sex Trafficking)

Mouvement contre le viol et l’inceste, Montréal, Quebec

This project aims to help service providers better serve the needs of women who have experienced trafficking. It has three goals: 1. To develop a tool that helps identify clients who have experienced trafficking, 2. To create a referral network for survivors of trafficking, particularly for those who are immigrant women, 3. Create a specialized support program for survivors, with emphasis on the needs of immigrant women, refugees, and those who have experienced multiple barriers. The program also aims to provide a training program on sex trafficking in the context of immigration.
Grant amount: $250,000 over 5 years

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Sexual Exploitation, Systemic Change, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

Towards Justice for Trafficked Non-Citizen Women

Canadian Council for Refugees, Montreal, Quebec

This national project helps lawyers and non-governmental organizations address and prevent the sex-trafficking of women and girls in Canada who are not Canadian citizens. It aims to build the capacity of organizations to respond to survivors’ needs, to strengthen advocacy efforts, and to eliminate systemic gaps so that these survivors don’t fall through the cracks.
Grant amount: $250,000 over 5 years

Location: National
Program Focus: Sexual Exploitation, Systemic Change, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

Les ateliers interactifs : en route vers des relations saines

L’Arrêt-Source, Montréal, Quebec

This interactive workshop series caters to the 19 women residents in this shelter for young women. The goal is to increase community support and guidance for young women survivors of violence, by improving their healthy relationship skills. This program includes interactive workshops and individual follow-up with participants.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Construire un monde sans violence

Corporation de l’Inter-Elles, Québec, Quebec

This project aims to foster positive relationships and trust between mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence. With this goal in mind, artistic projects will provide an outlet for expression in a supportive environment. Together, women and children will be encouraged to create inspiring messages through art projects that will be used in an outreach and awareness campaign that promotes non-violent relationships.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Soit forte!

Maison d’Haïti, Montréal, Quebec

This project aims to develop and strengthen a continuum of activities and individual support for young women ages 10 to 17 and their parents, as well as young mothers from racialized communities who are victims or survivors of violence (including domestic, intimate or intra-family violence, natural disasters, and migration). The program aims to help participants regain control over their lives, feel safe, become models for their children and to grow up and thrive in a healthy environment.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Engaged Creative Arts Groups for Victims of Conjugal Violence

Le Bouclier D’Athena / The Shield of Athena, Montréal, Quebec

In this program for survivors of domestic violence, an art therapist facilitates projects that allow clients to express themselves in a group setting and feel supported. Art therapy offers a safe way for survivors to share experiences that are difficult to articulate. Creating art also helps survivors to alleviate the effects of trauma, regain a sense of control, normalize stigmatized experiences, and discover new strengths and abilities. Participants may develop a trusting and safe relationship with the art therapist, which promotes their healing and supports them in rebuilding their lives.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Migrant Women’s Rights Project

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Toronto, Ontario

This program offers support to women who are either experiencing or vulnerable to trafficking for sexual exploitation because of their precarious immigration status. A group of organizations in Toronto will provide services including trauma counselling, legal advice, access to primary health services, and housing referrals. The organizations involved will focus on community outreach and work with migrant women in locations where they gather and feel safe. Efforts will be concentrated in Toronto neighbourhoods where women are recruited for trafficking.
Grant amount: $250,000 over 5 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Sexual Exploitation, Systemic Change, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

Strengthening Our Journey: Women’s & Girls’ Empowerment

Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services, Fort Frances, Ontario

This project provides support services to Indigenous women who are at risk of, or who have experienced trafficking and other forms of violence. The goal is to provide participants with tools and resources to help them avoid violence, sexual exploitation, and trafficking. Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services wants to address issues affecting Indigenous women and girls by collaborating with various community and social service agencies. This project aims to provide opportunities for women and girls to heal and regain strength, and to empower communities to educate themselves and find their voices.
Grant amount: $255,170 over 5 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Sexual Exploitation, Systemic Change, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

Afterschool ReAct Program

Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), Toronto, Ontario

METRAC’s Afterschool ReAct Program is a co-ed peer education youth initiative aimed at preventing violence against women and girls. This program serves marginalized teens, aged 14-19, in four high-need schools in Toronto. Youth-led training, planning, implementation and evaluation help youth gain tools for building healthy relationships. Program outcomes include building youth skills in peer facilitation, mentorship, self-reflection, youth leadership, healthy relationships, and community engagement to work towards ending gendered violence. The young people who participate in this program build the skills, confidence and knowledge required to become violence prevention leaders in their schools and communities.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Mentorship, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting

The Redwood, Toronto, Ontario

This program teaches positive parenting skills to mothers in the Redwood shelter. Over 12 weeks, participants learn strategies for non-violent, respectful, and solution-focused parenting for children up to age 20. The skills parents learn help to cultivate their children’s self-discipline and long-term life skills. In addition, peer mentorship is available and consists of 2 weekly sessions with an emphasis on facilitating Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting to mothers in the community. As peer mentors, women can facilitate workshops and support mothers who have survived violence. Participants build self-esteem in the process, becoming role models for their children, and sharing invaluable knowledge with hundreds of women and children in the community.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

All About Kindness Loan Program

Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Women and Families, Toronto, Ontario

The All About Kindness Loan Program provides women who have experienced violence or abuse with access to a specialized doula during their pregnancy, labour, birth and post-partum period. The doula service aims to provide much-needed support to women at a time when they are vulnerable and more likely to return to abusive partners. This program also aims to reduce the risk of post-partum PTSD, mood disorders, and triggering of previous abuse.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Loan Funds
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Family Court Support Program

Lanark County Interval House, Carleton House, Ontario

The Family Court Support Program provides support to victims of domestic violence who are involved in the family court process. The program offers information about the process, preparation for proceedings, support with court paperwork, referrals to other specialized services and resources in the community, help with safety planning, such as getting to and from court safely, and accompaniment to court proceedings. Through the program, there is oversight and coordination of the volunteer program (including ongoing training opportunities), and advocacy for change to better address women’s safety and support in the family court process. This includes working closely with rural lawyers, legal aid services, and court officials.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Volunteer Program

Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region, Sutton West, Ontario

This grant supports a part-time volunteer coordinator to expand the shelter’s volunteer base and recruitment strategy. The coordinator will work to engage volunteers who reflect the diversity and needs of the women and children served by the shelter. The overall goal is to provide more opportunities to empower women in the community to support women and children who are rebuilding their lives after violence. Volunteers will be recruited to support programs within the shelter and in the community, and to serve as co-facilitators. The project will also update training and policies for volunteers, as well as information to ensure safety and confidentiality for volunteers, staff, and clients.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Voices of Refugee Women from the Middle East

Family Services of Peel, Mississauga, Ontario

This project empowers refugee women by giving them the opportunity have input on what impacts their safety throughout their migration journeys. It explores how the immigration experience can increase women’s vulnerability to violence. It also highlights how the trajectory of immigration shapes refugee women’s status and impacts their overall safety and well-being. Through discussion, participants help develop strategies for violence prevention. The program also challenges common stereotypes of Muslim women.
Grant amount: $22,250

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Family Court Support Program

YWCA Sudbury, Sudbury, Ontario

Through the Family Court Support Program, survivors of abuse get help navigating the family court system so they can rebuild their lives. Women receive assistance with legal paperwork, and receive referrals that help them explore their options. When women need to attend legal appointments and/or appear in court, the program provides someone to accompany and support them. Other services include safety planning and much-needed emotional support.
Grant amount: $21,800

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Empowering Warriors Project

Springtide Resources, Toronto, Ontario

The Empowering Warriors Project supports women with disabilities and Deaf women who face multiple barriers to rebuilding their lives after experiencing violence and poverty. The project will prioritize women who identify as black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour. Through a series of 8-week leadership development workshops, this project empowers this demographic of survivors in community-building and rebuilding their lives. The primary goal of the Empowering Warriors Project is to create fully accessible supports for survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors. Topics include safety planning, self-care, assertiveness skills, leadership skills, and healthy relationships. Participants will have the opportunity to take on planning, facilitation, and leadership roles in the workshops.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Safe housing pilot for women leaving abusive relationships

YWCA NWT, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

This program provides housing for women who are leaving abusive relationships. It helps women to overcome the barriers associated with finding secure housing, which can discourage them from leaving abusive relationships. This will not only increase safety for women and their children, but also help them to establish a solid tenancy record and stable home environment.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Northwest Territories
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Anti-Trafficking Coalition & Strategy

YWCA Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia

YWCA Halifax will lead a coalition of organizations to prevent sex trafficking of young women in Nova Scotia. The coalition is made up of representatives from government, community organizations serving women and youth, and survivors of sex trafficking. Together, these groups will address how to prevent sex trafficking, intervene appropriately, and provide support for young women in rebuilding their lives. This will lead to capacity building and more coordination between first responders and service providers. The coalition aims to establish long-term strategies, including prevention programs for at-risk communities, crisis and longer-term housing, counselling and mental health services, advocacy and awareness, and policy development.
Grant amount: $255,170 over 5 years

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Sexual Exploitation, Systemic Change, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

LOVE in Indian Brook and Membertou

Leave Out Violence (LOVE), Halifax, Nova Scotia

Leave Out Violence (LOVE) is a violence prevention and intervention organization that works with youth who have experienced violence as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. At LOVE, the belief is that violence—defined by participants as “anything that hurts”—is learned and cyclical. Participants learn and practice leadership and life skills while they create art—writing, photography, video, and spoken word. Their creations become powerful education tools to help community members learn about root causes and effects and alternatives to violence. LOVE’s programs in Indian Brook and Membertou First Nations respect and embrace local culture and traditions, while fostering youth voice and leadership in the community.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Media Literacy, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

December 6th Fund

YWCA Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The December 6th Fund provides interest-free loans to women leaving situations of abuse. These loans of up to $500 help reduce barriers to leaving abusive relationships, by enabling women to cover essentials like damage deposits for housing, outstanding bills, utility deposits, and first-month’s rent.
Grant amount: $18,040

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Loan Funds, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

The Avalon Legal Consultation Fund

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Avalon Legal Consultation Fund reduces barriers to the civil, family court, and criminal justice systems for survivors of sexualized violence and for parents of child survivors of sexual abuse. Avalon Sexual Assault Centre will consult with feminist lawyers and law students to develop improved policies and procedures for clients around sexual assault cases, child protection, and records applications. Legal counsel will help the Centre to protect survivors’ interests, and to provide legal information to clients or liaise with other legal professionals. This will build capacity to influence legislative reform against discriminatory practices.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Systemic Change
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Building Bonds

Alice Housing, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Building Bonds offers support to women and their children who have left domestic violence, in order to reduce the likelihood they will return to abusive relationships. As well, the program helps women to navigate parenting with their abusive ex-partner, and to create a safe home environment for their children.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Helping Children Thrive: Supporting Women Abuse Survivors as Mothers

St. John’s Women’s Centre/Marguerite’s Place, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Helping Children Thrive supports mothers who are leaving situations of domestic violence to develop effective parenting skills. This 12-week program helps mothers understand how domestic violence can undermine their parenting and offers alternative strategies in a safe and supportive environment. The overall goal is to strengthen families and stop the cycle of intergenerational violence. Participants develop improved mental, physical, and emotional health, which manifests as higher confidence, a stronger sense of belonging and community connections, as well as an improved ability to parent.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Ndinawe Transitions Program

Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad (Ndinawe), Winnipeg, Manitoba

Transitions helps graduates of the Red River College/Ndinawe Child & Youth Care Certificate Program to transition into careers as child and youth care workers. These graduates have experienced trafficking and/or sexual exploitation. Through weekly personal and professional development sessions, Transitions participants help each other deal with the stress and issues that arise in their work. This program is essential, because work in this field can be triggering for those who have experienced trafficking and other forms of violence.
Grant amount: $125,000 over 5 years

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Mentorship, Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

Sacred Seven Healthy Relationship Program

Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, The University of Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg, Manitoba

This after-school program uses culturally-appropriate teaching tools to explore cultural identity, increase engagement, foster empowerment, and help teens establish healthy relationships. Using instructional tools such as the seven sacred and medicine wheel teachings, youth are empowered to develop their own code of honour principles that focus on violence prevention, building confidence, self-esteem and discovering their cultural identity, so that they can embrace relationships with hope and optimism. Youth are also offered leadership development training to share their code of honour with partnering schools.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Newcomer Youth & Healthy Relationships

Sexuality Education Resource Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Newcomer Youth & Healthy Relationships offers a co-ed, school-based healthy relationships program targeted to newcomer refugee youth aged 12-17. Project partners include two inner-city schools in Winnipeg and the innovative Peaceful Village Program, which provides after-school supports for newcomer youth and families. The program offers 12 weekly educational workshops on healthy relationships. Graduates can then attend 10 workshops to develop peer-led projects which they present to classmates. Parents of participants receive three presentations yearly to help build their trust and support for youth involved. The program also helps families negotiate their roles in their community by supporting youth who are often put in the position of cultural translator for their families. Following Year One, a multi-generational group of daughters, mothers, and grandmothers is starting to build solidarity for violence prevention in families and the community. An advisory committee, including partners and youth representatives, guides the project.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Live-In Support Worker

Women’s Safe Haven Resource Service Inc., Flin Flon, Manitoba

This grant helps to provide a live-in support worker who offers stability and guidance to women who are moving toward a healthy lifestyle that is free from violence.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

ONYX Works – Youth Employment Program

PLEA Community Services Society, Vancouver, British Columbia

OnyxWorks helps young women who have survived trafficking to develop the work skills they need to begin rebuilding their lives. The program offers employment and mentorship opportunities to women and girls age 13 to 19. Services include intensive one-on-one support and supervision, skills-based training, and a 10-week job placement. During the placement, youth workers who have experience with trafficking survivors are there to support both participants and employer-mentors. The goal is for participants to gain the experience and skills they need to secure regular employment.
Grant amount: $237,832 over 5 years

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Mentorship, Rebuilding Lives, Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

VWTH Housing & Outreach Program

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society, Victoria, British Columbia

This program supports the health and healing of women living on or close to the streets, who have experienced abuse or violence. Taking a holistic approach, the program offers a safe space for peer-driven learning, storytelling, and discussion. Participants are encouraged to reflect on a time and place where they felt safe. The themes covered throughout the year will reflect the realities of women’s lives, and include spiritual and emotional healing, as well as basic health and safety.
Grant amount: $20,000

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Bridging Hope with Indigenous Healing

Hope Resource Centre, Westlock, Alberta

Hope Resource Centre is the only service provider in the Westlock area that offers activities for the Indigenous community. The Bridging Hope program provides culturally sensitive outreach, advocacy and navigation supports to women and children. The program seeks to address barriers including poverty and affordable housing, which can hinder women’s access to services like court support, legal aid, and mental health support. Culturally sensitive services are critical in reducing the marginalization of women this community.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Peer Support Program

Sagesse, Calgary, Alberta

This program trains volunteer women from the community to facilitate peer support groups for women who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing domestic violence. The peer support groups program is an 18-20 week program, broken into an initial program focused on self-esteem (Finding Our Voices) and a domestic violence specific program (Growth Circle). Topics covered in the Peer Support program include self-esteem, communication, shame, compassion, healthy relationships, cycles of violence, family of origin issues, effects of abuse, guilt, anger and denial, moving beyond abusive experiences and reclaiming our lives. The program aims to build capacity within eight rural and remote communities to support women and children experiencing domestic violence and build a safe and caring community for everyone.
Grant amount: $23,000

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship, Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Annual Violence Prevention

Tracy’s Project

Elizabeth Fry Society Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta

The Elizabeth Fry Society in Edmonton is developing a network of housing options for women who have experienced sex trafficking. Tracy’s Project aims to provide survivors and their families with access to safe, affordable, and long-term accommodation. The housing will be near public transportation, family supports, and green space. Survivors will also receive assistance in making community connections and building a circle of support that will benefit them and their children.
Grant amount: $250,000 over 5 years

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives, Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking
Grant Streams: Anti-Trafficking

RESPECT

Immigrant Services Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

RESPECT is an extension of the Mosaic Afterschool Program and focuses on healthy relationships for immigrant and refugee youth aged 11-13. Immigrant and refugee youth are often faced with confusing and difficult decisions because of their desire to fit in. RESPECT helps address these challenges through a series of workshop/activity sessions that explore bullying, gender stereotyping, and sexism in a safe and engaging environment. The program is offered in two schools with high immigrant populations, and will be extended to include a third school as well.
Grant amount: $20,833

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Leadership, Media Literacy, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships