Call to Action

Put gender equity front and center. We the coalition of Ontario YWCA Member Associations call on Party Leaders and candidates across the province to prioritize the issues which disproportionately affect women, families and gender non-binary people in the 2018 budget. 

As sector leaders with decades of experience serving women and families across Ontario, we need not remind you that women and girls are disproportionately impacted by poverty, violence and systemic oppression – particularly if they are racialized, Indigenous, newcomers, seniors, trans, queer, living with disabilities or gender non-binary. 

Action starts with full implementation of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We advocate for strong social policies that help to move all women out of precarious and unsafe situations, change lives and build better futures. Women are not a special interest group: we are 52% of the population bearing the brunt of social responsibilities. When you invest in us, the benefits are felt across communities – positive economic impacts, educational success, and healthy and vibrant communities. 

Therefore, it is time for a plan to ensure: 

A continuum of housing options for women – including, safe, affordable housing, emergency shelters, transitional and supportive programs. 
Dedicated program dollars geared to the health, well-being and leadership development of girls, young women and gender non-binary youth. 
A universal, affordable and high quality child care system in Ontario that puts the priority on an affordable fee scale, and sustainable funding for decent work and retention of educators.

We need feminist governments, feminist policies and funding agendas to move Ontario forward. Meaningful social change demands action. 
YWCA Cambridge, YWCA Durham, YWCA Hamilton, YWCA Kitchener Waterloo, YWCA Muskoka, YWCA Niagara Region, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, YWCA St Thomas-Elgin, YWCA Sudbury, YWCA Toronto, YM/YWCA Guelph

Further Information:
YWCA Muskoka Ontario Election Guide 2018

More resources for #WomenVoteON

Women Vote Logo Women Vote Logo (128 KB)

YWCA Ontario Impact YWCA Ontario Impact (137 KB)

Women Vote Poster Women Vote Poster (4665 KB)


#NOTokay Campaign

Advocacy From Our Youth

Read the petition addresses to the Premier by one of our own participants titled "Mandatory Indigenous Studies petition".

Mandatory Indigenous Studies petition by Amanda Steel-Coke Mandatory Indigenous Studies petition by Amanda Steel-Coke (253 KB)


Fairly Foul

Katie Ungard & YWCA Muskoka's Fairly Foul Project; Chemicals, Cosmetics and YOU, was designed to engage young women, particularly those living in Canada, to be aware of the contents of the cosmetics they use. This film highlights the connections between women, their cosmetic products and their health.
Whats in your makeup?

Fairly Foul Pocket Guide Fairly Foul Pocket Guide (22033 KB)

Fairly Foul Zine Fairly Foul Zine (21516 KB)



Beth Ward, former executive director at YWCA, is joined by MP Tony Clement, district chair John Klinck, and various other community group representatives to announce a new Muskoka-wide partnership to end violence. (Photo by Laura Finney)


2014 Statistics 2014 Statistics (488 KB)

2010 May Statistics 2010 May Statistics (271 KB)

2009 Feb Statistics 2009 Feb Statistics (376 KB)

2008 November Statistics 2008 November Statistics (372 KB)


Budget 2018: A win for women. A win for Canada.

A gender-lens on the Federal Budget is a win for women, families, and Canada 27 February 2018
Today’s federal budget announcement recognizes the urgent need to address key equality issues for women, says YWCA Canada, the country’s oldest and largest women's multi-service organization. Maintaining the commitment to quality, affordable child care, and the introduction of Use it or Lose It parental leave...  read more

YWCA Day on the Hill 2017

 YWCA Canada One Movement

Pamela Steel, Hannah Lin, Kyley Duncan with MP Tony Clement 

YWCA Muskoka delegation with the Honorable Myriam Monsef Minister of Status of Women




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