Funding Opportunities for VAW Shelters and Transition Houses

The following funding opportunities are available for shelters and transition houses supporting women and children fleeing violence:

Response and Recovery COVID-19 Federal Funds

Women’s Shelters Canada is responsible for distributing $79 million of this funding to eligible VAW shelters and transition houses (THs) across the country, with the exception of shelters/THs located in Quebec or funded by Indigenous Services Canada. Round 2 opened on February 15, 2022, and closes at 5pm EST on March 14, 2022.

If you are not eligible for Response and Recovery funding through Women’s Shelters Canada, you may be eligible for other funding:

  • The government of Quebec will be providing funds to VAW shelters in Quebec. Please contact egalite@scf.gouv.qc.ca for more information.
  • If you are a shelter funded by Indigenous Services Canada and are seeking funding to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19, please contact: ppvf-fvpp@sac-isc.gc.ca
  • Other gender-based violence organizations that offer ongoing support to survivors, including prevention and intervention, but that do not have a 24/7 residential component, can apply for funding through the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Contact gbvgrants@canadianwomen.org for more information.

CMHC’s Women and Children Shelter and Transitional Housing Campaign

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s campaign will allocate $200 million for new shelter builds and renovation and $50 million for operational funding for the new builds. There are two application rounds: November 30, 2021 – January 30, 2022 and April 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022. More information is available on CMHC’s website.

CMHC’s Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s campaign will allocate $724.1M to support the construction of at least 38 shelters and 50 transitional homes for Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people facing gender-based violence. There is an ongoing application intake, with 2-3 rounds of selection per year until the end of fiscal 2023-2024. More information is available on CMHC’s website.

Department of Justice Canada

On December 2, 2021, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the launch of a call for proposals for projects that assist victims of intimate partner violence to access and navigate the family justice system, and that improve justice system responses to this type of violence. More information is available here. The deadline for applications is January 18, 2022.