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.

Federal Election Campaign – #YSpeakUp

Canada's federal election is scheduled on Monday, October 21, 2019. Our campaign, #YSpeakUp, calls on federal party leaders and Members of Parliament to prioritize gender equity. In specific, we are calling for a National Action Plan against gender based violence and for 50% of the Canada Housing Benefit to go directly to women, providing immediate financial relief to women in need of housing. Why do you speak up for women's and trans rights? Sign our petition today!

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YWCA on the Hill – #YWCADayOnTheHill

YWCA leaders from across Canada joined in Ottawa for our second annual YWCA Day on the Hill! This year, our ask was focused on demanding core funding to scale up YWCA services and programming that address women's economic security. Over 75 delegates from 18 teams met with over 60 Members of Parliament and Senators, as well as ministerial staff. We used our collective voice to proclaim proudly, "when women and girls win, everyone benefits!"

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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.