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.


National Conference 2018

June 13-15, 2018

Our call for participation is open until January 31, 2018.
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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

  • Survey – Developing a National Profile of Women’s Shelters
    September 19, 2017 ‐ Ottawa, 19 September 2017 Women’s Shelters Canada has launched a national survey on women’s shelters and transition houses (THs) to strengthen the women’s shelter sector in Canada. The survey is part of a larger grant provided by Status of Women...
  • Women’s Shelters Canada Calls for Reinstatement of Shelter Enhancement Program
    September 14, 2017 ‐ Women’s Shelters Canada, along with our member provincial and territorial shelter associations, is calling on the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to reinstate the Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP) as part of the National Housing Strategy...
  • Recommendations on the National Housing Strategy
    August 11, 2017 ‐ Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) has developed 11 recommendations and an open letter to inform the National Housing Strategy (NHS), which we hope will lead to comprehensive policies and funding opportunities to better support women fleeing domestic violence. The recommendations are the result...