YWCA Toronto advocates on important issues affecting the lives of women and girls, with a current focus on women’s access to safe, affordable housing. Browse this page to learn more about all of our advocacy priorities and campaigns.

Ontario Election Strategy 
Ontario’s next general election is scheduled to be held on or before June 7, 2018. YWCA Member Associations across Ontario will be launching a campaign to amplify women’s voices and make clear that women’s issues are election issues. Be the first to know about the campaign launch and how to get involved by joining our email list.

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YWCA on the Hill
Advocacy works! YWCA leaders from coast-to-coast-to-coast successfully lobbied the federal government for a gender-lens on the National Housing Strategy, and for 25% of funds to flow directly to projects and services for women, girls and their families. We used our voices – and the government heard our ‘ask’. Next, we have to hold them accountable for their promises.

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#ActOnHousing Campaign 
YWCA Toronto’s #ActOnHousing campaign calls for a national housing strategy that uses a gender lens. We want to ensure that the federal government addresses the unique challenges that women face, especially Indigenous women, women of diverse backgrounds, and women who have experienced violence. Every woman has the right to a safe, secure place to call home.


#ConsentOnCampus Campaign
Just before Frosh week launched, YWCA Toronto hosted our first-ever Twitter Chat focused on ending sexual violence and creating a consent culture on university and college campuses. We partnered with the White Ribbon Campaign and the Canadian Federation of Students (Ontario). It was a great on-line discussion that engaged students, student organizations and other stakeholders.

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#WomenVoteForAction — Federal Election Campaign
In 2015, YWCA Toronto launched our first on-line federal election advocacy campaign, #WomenVoteForAction. We highlighted issues that are core to our mission – violence against women, safe affordable housing, child care, and income inequality.