fbpx

News & Press Releases

Women’s Shelters Canada Stands with Black Lives Matter

Women’s Shelters Canada stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and with all Black, Indigenous, and other People of Colour in Canada and around the world. As a settler organization operating within an inherently racist society, we recognize that it is our responsibility to act as allies and witnesses to the injustices faced by our siblings. We will continue to use our voice, our actions, and our social media presence to call for an end to police brutality and for the dismantling of the current state of policing. We reject the notion that defunding the police would be detrimental to women and girls fleeing violence. For more information on this,...
Read More

Women’s Shelters Canada Calls for Action after NS Shooter’s Former Neighbour’s Statement

Ottawa, 14 May 2020 Women’s Shelters Canada is outraged that women’s lives and the issue of violence against women continue to be minimized. The result is multiple systemic failures. As evident from the Nova Scotia shooter’s former neighbour’s interview, women aren’t believed even when they literally could have helped prevent Canada’s largest mass murder. Over the last decade, there have been multiple calls for change and inquiries, yet no meaningful action. Advocates and service providers work tirelessly to keep women and their children safe and to end violence against women. Our sector is stretched to the limit. But this is not just our battle. As a society, we need to recognize,...
Read More

Women’s Shelters Canada Calls on Authorities to Acknowledge Gendered Aspect of Nova Scotia Mass Shooting

Ottawa, 23 April 2020  Women’s Shelters Canada is asking for the RCMP and the federal government to acknowledge the gendered aspect of this weekend’s mass shooting in Nova Scotia. On Sunday, unconfirmed reports came in almost immediately that the perpetrator killed his former partner and her partner during his rampage. For those working to end violence against women, this was not surprising, as the majority of mass shootings in the USA have involved violence against a current or former female partner. The massacre in Nova Scotia this weekend became Canada’s deadliest. The second and third deadliest also had misogyny and violence against women at their core. In the Montreal Massacre in...
Read More

Women’s Shelters Canada Welcomes Opportunity to Distribute Federal Funds to VAW Shelters Across the Country

Ottawa, 4 April 2020 Today, the Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) will be distributing federal funds across the country to eligible shelters and transition houses supporting women and children fleeing violence. On March 18, the federal government announced $50 million to support the sector working to end violence against women (VAW). Of this, up to $26 million has been dedicated as emergency funding to support eligible VAW shelters and transition houses. With the exception of shelters funded by Indigenous Services Canada (whose emergency funds will be distributed directly by ISC) and those in Quebec (where work is underway on the...
Read More

New National Report on Second Stage Shelters for Women Fleeing Violence Shows Inadequate Funding

Ottawa, 25 September 2019 Today, Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) released “Transitioning to a Life Free from Violence: Second Stage Shelters in Canada.” This new report illustrates the important work that second stage shelters do in helping women and children transition to lives free from violence. Yet, the vast majority are doing so under increasing financial pressure. “The timing of this report’s release is especially crucial in the lead up to the federal election next month,” said Lise Martin, executive director of Women’s Shelters Canada. “Violence against women is a non-partisan issue; every political party should address VAW in their platforms. We urge all federal parties to commit to a National...
Read More

As Father’s Day nears, men across Canada are making a positive difference in the lives of women and children

Toronto, 11 June 2019 A group called Strengthening Ties is working towards an impressive and important goal just in time for Father’s Day. Strengthening Ties is calling on men to honour the women and children that are important in their lives by pledging money to support Women’s Shelters Canada, a national organization working to end violence against women. Strengthening Ties: Men Supporting Women’s Shelters is asking men across the country to help support the over 500 women’s shelters in Canada. So far, eighty men have signed on as founding donors of Strengthening Ties with contributions of $1,000 a year for three years.  Many of these men have made these donations in honour of their mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and sons. Strengthening Ties has set a goal...
Read More

New National Report Finds that Violence Against Women Shelters Are Doing More with Less

Ottawa, 1 May 2019 Today, Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) released “More Than a Bed: A National Profile of Violence Against Women (VAW) Shelters and Transition Houses.” This report gives detailed information on the breadth and depth of VAW shelters across the country. The data clearly show that they are providing expanding services for a diverse group of women and children, without comparable funding increases. “More women call shelter crisis lines every day, many desperately looking for safety. Unfortunately, shelter workers often find themselves in the unbearable situation of having to turn them away because far too many shelters are operating at capacity,” said Lise Martin, executive director of Women’s Shelters...
Read More

Sheltersafe.ca Launches New and Improved Search Features for Women and Children Escaping Violence

Ottawa, 6 December 2018 Today, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (VAW), Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) has launched new and improved search features on its Sheltersafe.ca website.  ShelterSafe.ca is an online resource helping women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map serves as a quick way to connect women with the nearest shelter or transition house (TH) 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. Women do not need to reside in the shelter/TH to receive services. An improved search...
Read More

Women’s Shelters Canada Releases Report Documenting Gaps in Domestic Violence Policies, Legislation, and Services Across Canada

Ottawa, 25 September 2018 Today, during Canada’s first Gender Equality Week, Women’s Shelters Canada is releasing the report Building a National Narrative: A Select Review of Domestic Violence Policies, Legislation, and Services Across Canada. Our goal is to see a Canada where every woman living with violence is able to access comparable levels of services and protection, no matter where she lives. Currently, that is not the case. This report details the differences in resources, legislation, and services across Canada when it comes to domestic violence – differences in lengths of stay at shelters, government funding, shelter standards, Domestic Homicide Review Committees, tenancy acts, and paid and unpaid leave from work. To date...
Read More

Introducing Three New Members of the WSC Board

Women’s Shelters Canada is thrilled to announce our three new Board members: Claudette Dumont-Smith, Saadia Muzaffar, and Beverley Wybrow! Claudette Dumont-Smith Claudette Dumont-Smith has been actively involved in the field of Aboriginal health since 1974. She is a registered nurse and has acted in various executive capacities with the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and worked as a consultant for various National Aboriginal Organizations as well as at the regional and local levels. Ms. Dumont-Smith has moderated health conferences across Canada and has collaborated on a number of papers and manuals about various aspects of Aboriginal health care programs. Ms. Dumont-Smith has served as a member of the Aboriginal circle of the...
Read More