Who we are
YWCA Canada acknowledges the privilege and responsibility of living and working on the traditional territory of Indigenous Nations. YWCA Canada’s
national office is located in Tkaronto, also known as Toronto, the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Métis. We acknowledge the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples in this area and recognize the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, as contemporary stewards of the land.
The harm that settler-colonialism has perpetrated and continues to perpetrate on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people extends beyond physical environments. Digital platforms are among the current sites of ongoing colonial discrimination and dispossession. As a legacy institution that benefited from and contributed to colonial policy, YWCA Canada is committed to centering decolonial efforts and supporting the work of Indigenous communities, Elders, and knowledge keepers. Through our work on gender equity, our objective is to advance the safety,
worldviews, and self-determination of Indigenous people in online and offline spaces.
Who We Are
YWCA Canada is a leading voice for women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people.
For 150 years, we’ve been at the forefront of a movement: to fight gender-based violence, build affordable housing and advocate for workplace equity. We work to advance gender equity by responding to urgent needs in communities, through national advocacy and grassroots initiatives.
Local YWCAs invest over $258 million annually to support over 330,000 individuals across the nation. Today, we engage young leaders, diverse communities, and corporate partners to achieve our vision of a safe and equitable Canada for all.
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Our vision and mission
YWCA Canada’s Vision
Empowered women and girls in a safe and equitable society.
YWCA Canada’s Mission
Advance gender equity for all women through informed advocacy and strong Member Associations
YWCA Canada’s informed advocacy aims to:
End violence against women and girls
Implement national child care
Achieve economic equality
End homelessness for women and girls
A Women’s Perspective:
Women must take leadership in shaping society’s direction in order to achieve equity and equality for all women.
Difference and Diversity:
In order to achieve social and other forms of justice, we must embrace difference and diversity among peoples.
The Whole Person:
Strength, wisdom, and character come from the balanced development of the whole person in body, mind, and spirit.
Healthy communities, free from violence, racism, and other abuses of power, nurture the whole person. Individuals committed to equity advance the growth of such communities.
The world-wide struggle for equity and equality interconnects all women.
We are on a path to build a country that works for all women and girls. Click here to view our strategic directions.