Women's Shelters Canada

We represent a strong, unified voice on the issue of violence against women on the national stage. Through collaboration, knowledge exchange and adoption of innovative practices, we advance the co-ordination and implementation of high quality services for women and children accessing shelters.



Housing, Homelessness,
and VAW

At WSC, our long-term objective is to bring about systemic change that will allow for greater and better housing options and outcomes for women fleeing violence. View our discussion paper on Housing, Homelessness, and Violence Against Women and our recommendations to the National Housing Strategy.

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Shelters: More than a Refuge from Violence

Shelters and transition houses are much more than refuges from violence – they are places where women rebuild their lives. These videos and stories from across Canada illustrate just some of the many ways shelters and shelter workers improve the lives of the women and children they serve.



A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls


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Shelter Safe is an online resource helping women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map serves as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support. This resource is for women directly impacted by violence as well as for their concerned friends, family, colleagues and employers.


About Us

Our mission is to work as a unified voice for systemic change to end violence against women, while providing leadership for collaboration and knowledge exchange among shelters and transition houses across the country.

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News & Events

  • National Conference Registration
    February 07, 2018 ‐ Registration is open! Register now to attend Women’s Shelters Canada’s first national conference in June 2018 in Ottawa – Shelters of the Future: A National Conversation. Bringing together 600 people, this will be a unique opportunity for shelter and transition...
  • New Resource to Commemorate December 6
    December 06, 2017 ‐ Today is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We remember the victims of the École Polytechnique massacre as we work for systemic change to end violence against women (VAW). To mark this important day, we...
  • New logo launched!
    November 24, 2017 ‐ In anticipation of the start of the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women tomorrow, we are launching our new logo! This logo communicates not only that Women’s Shelters Canada is a network of exchange, action, and care,...