A Turning point for women

Employment Skills

One in seven Canadian women live in poverty. The risk of poverty is greatest if you are an aboriginal woman, recent newcomer woman, racialized woman, or single mother. We know that women’s lower earning power means that they are at greater risk of falling into poverty if they have children, become separated, divorced, or widowed. When women are poor, their children suffer.

Supportive Housing

There are hundreds of women and children in Halifax who remain severely disadvantaged and without the necessity of a safe home. Despite over 100 years of progress toward women’s equality, recent decades have seen a tragic and needless rise in women’s homelessness across Canada. Single parent families, mostly led by women, make up the majority of homeless families.


The YWCA Halifax relies on charitable donations and the generous support of our community. Because of you, we are building economic security, promoting wellness, and creating opportunities for young women, girls, and their families by providing a strong voice and integrated services.

Early Learning and Childcare

Ensuring access to childcare is critical to ensuring the economic security and equality of women. Studies show that universal access to early learning would decrease poverty rates for women and their families. We know that every dollar invested in universal, high quality early childhood education produce a two dollar social and economic return to our society.

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Strong with Her Walk

While some of you may remember that this event has focused on men walking in high heel shoes, our vision is more inclusive by including all people and recognizing that women wear high heel shoes, steel toe boots, and everything in between. We’ve done away with the heels because we want the shared compassion for this issue to be what shines.

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Youth and Young Women

YWCA Halifax is pleased to support youth and young women throughout all our programs, in addition to those specializing in this demographic. Click here to learn more.

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