Policy Analysis   



YWCA Toronto regularly contributes feminist insights to the public discourse in response to government initiatives and policies. We also participate on coalitions, sector tables, and committees and partnerships to advance meaningful social change. See below for selected links to YWCA Toronto’s recent policy recommendations to improve the lives of women, girls and gender-diverse communities. 



An Intersectional Approach to COVID-19 She-Covery

There can be no economic or social recovery from COVID-19 without a she-covery! Learn more about the intersectional impacts of COVID-19 and YWCA Toronto's recommendations for a recovery plan centered on the needs of women, girls and gender-diverse communities.

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Business as Usual is Not Enough 

Deputation to the City of Toronto Budget Committee

January 2020

Applying a Gender Equity Lens to Gun Violence

Deputation to the City of Toronto's Board of Health

November 2019

We Urgently Need Gender Equity in Toronto

Deputation to the City of Toronto Executive Committee

September 2019

The Provision of Housing is a Human Right

Deputation to the City of Toronto Budget Committee

February 2019

Put A Gender Equity Lens On The City Budget

Deputation to the City of Toronto Budget Committee

January 2018

What Makes A City World-Class? Investment In Poverty Reduction

Deputation to the City of Toronto Budget Committee

January 2017

Response to Housing and Health: Unlocking Opportunity

Deputation to the City of Toronto Board of Health

October 2016


Building the Toronto We Want Starts with Poverty Reduction

Deputation to the City of Toronto Budget Committee

January 2016

Ontario Needs a Gender Analysis of Homelessness 

Deputation to Ontario’s Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness

May 2015

Working Together to End Sexual Violence and Harassment

Deputation to Ontario’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment

May 2015

Recommendations for a Gender-Responsive Recovery Plan

Submission to the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance (Ontario)

August 2020


Priorities for an equitable recovery

Joint submission from non-profit leaders to inform Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild final recommendations to City Council

July 2020


Ensuring an Inclusive and Equitable COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Plan

Submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology regarding the Canadian Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 2020


Study on the Government's Response to to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

June 2020


Poverty Reduction Strategy

YWCA Toronto Written Submission to Ontario's New Poverty Reduction Strategy

March 2020


Lifting Women Out of Poverty 

Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Ontario)

January 2020

  

Put A Gender Equity Lens On Income Security Reforms 

Submission to the Hon. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services (Ontario)

January 2018

  

Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

Submission to the Hon. Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Status of Women (Ontario)

July 2017 

Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Ontario)

July 2017
  

Investing in Ontario’s Women and Girls

Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Ontario)

January 2017

Working Together To Create Safe, Affordable, Supportive Homes for Women

Submission for the National Housing Strategy consultations

October 2016
 

Working Together To End Violence Against Women

Submission for the National Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

September 2016

YWCA Toronto Response to Ontario's Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014

Letter to the Minister of Education

July 2020

The Use of a Restorative Approach to an Inquiry into the NS Mass Shooting

Letter to the NS Minister of Justice and federal Minister of Public Safety and Minister of Justice

July 2020

Funding Community Safety

Letter to the Mayor and Toronto City Council

June 2020

Letter on Re-Opening Child Care

Letter to the Minister of Education

June 2020

Ensuring a viable and successful reopening of child care in Ontario

Open Letter to the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Education

June 2020

'Extreme Intoxication' Ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal

Letter to Ontario's Attorney General

June 2020

Open Letter Urging Action on Gun Violence

Letter to the Mayor and Toronto City Council

June 2020

A Plan for a Resilient Recovery in Toronto

Open Letter to Toronto City Council

May 2020

Ensuring marginalized children have first call on federal resources in the pandemic response and recovery

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

May 2020

Ontario Needs a COVID-19 Plan for People in All Group Living Settings

Open Letter to Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services

April 24, 2020

Open Letter to the Right to Housing 

Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada 

August 2018

End Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

October 2017 

 
Fix the Backwards Budget Process

Open Letter to Toronto City Council

May 2017

Gender Equity in the City Budget

Open Letter to Toronto City Council

February 2017

Take Action to Combat Islamophobia and Hatred

Open Letter to all levels of government

February 2017

Act Now on Inclusionary Zoning

Open Letter to Toronto City Council

March 2016 

Stop Proposed Child Care Regulatory Changes

Open Letter to the Premier of Ontario

March 2016

 

Support Supervised Injection Services in Toronto

Open Letter to Toronto City Council

March 2016

 

Support Postal Pay Equity

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

August 2016