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.

Toronto Election Campaign – #WomenVoteTO

Toronto’s municipal election is scheduled on Monday, October 22, 2018. Our campaign, #WomenVoteTO, calls on city council and mayoral candidates to end poverty in our city once and for all. Together, let us advocate for full funding of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. This means greater investment in affordable housing, shelters, child care, transit and good jobs. Sign our petition and vote on Election Day!

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Ontario Election Strategy 
Ontario’s general election is scheduled for June 7, 2018. Women Vote for Action – a new campaign by a coalition on Ontario YWCA Member Associations – calls on Party Leaders to put issues of gender equity front and centre. Together, let’s advocate for investment in affordable child care, girls’ programming and safe, affordable housing. Act now, sign our petition and vote on Election Day! #WomenVoteON

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.