With the help of a grant from Status of Women Canada, Women’s Shelters Canada is conducting a national survey on women’s shelters and transition houses (THs).
Many people still believe that shelters/THs only provide a bed, a roof, and safety for women and their children. We know that shelters do much more than that, but we don’t have the numbers to back it up. Much of the research conducted about shelters, such as the StatsCan Transition Home survey, focuses on the women who use shelters and their services. This survey is different in that its focus is not on the clients that are served, but rather the shelters themselves. The purpose of our survey is to illustrate the scope of the shelter sector and provide reliable, up-to date information on shelter capacity, infrastructure, services, funding, and staffing structures across the country.
In our conversations with provincial shelter associations, individual shelters/THs, and through our annual Shelter Voices Survey, we often hear how much shelters are doing with so little. The lack of sustainable and adequate funding has many impacts on shelters, staff, and the women and children who use the services offered. However, we do not have sufficient data or numbers to back up these claims – in our work with partners and stakeholders, we often get requests for “the numbers.” This data will better empower us to do the advocacy work needed to ensure that the work of shelters is given due recognition.
Purpose of the Survey
The survey will be instrumental in allowing us to demonstrate the extent of shelter work across the country. With the results, we will publish accessible and easy to share mini reports and infographics that shelters/THs can use as well as academic and policy articles/reports. This work will help with public education and awareness, illuminating the extensive and life saving work that shelters do.
Do you have any further questions? Have you completed your survey and want a copy of your response?
Contact Krystle Maki PhD, Research and Policy Coordinator
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (EDT), 613-680-5119