YWCA Toronto regularly contributes feminist insights to the public discourse by working with government bodies, task forces and coalitions. See below for selected links to YWCA Toronto’s recent policy recommendations to improve the lives of women and girls. Alternatively, click here to view our Deputations & Opinion Pieces archive.


2016


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Housing and Health: Unlocking Opportunity
Presentation to the Toronto Board of Health
Heather McGregor, CEO, YWCA Toronto
October 31, 2016

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Working Together To Create Safe, Affordable, Supportive Homes for Women
YWCA Toronto Submission for the National Housing Strategy consultations
October 2016

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From Homelessness To Affordable Housing Advocate
Huffington Post, Opinion Piece
By Elisheva Passarello, social justice advocate, photographer, designer, and entrepreneur
October 17, 2016

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Housing Plan Can Help End Hidden Crisis Of Women's Homelessness
Huffington Post, Opinion Piece
By Danielle Nakouz, Manager of the Elm Centre Supportive Housing program, YWCA Toronto
October 5, 2016

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National affordable housing plan urgently needed
Toronto Star, Opinion Piece
By Heather McGregor, CEO, YWCA Toronto
September 27, 2016

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Working Together To End Violence Against Women
YWCA Toronto Submission for the Federal Strategy Against Gender-Based Violence
September 2016

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Why The Mandi Gray Sexual Assault Case Matters
Huffington Post, Opinion Piece
By Etana Cain, Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer, YWCA Toronto
July 25, 2016

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Canada Child Benefit a Game-Changer for Women and Children
Huffington Post, Opinion Piece
By Maureen Adams, Director of Advocacy and Communications and Etana Cain, Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer, YWCA Toronto
June 30, 2016

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Does Your Local Bar Have a Tinder Policy? YWCA Toronto calls for increased focus on bystander intervention
Huffington Post, Opinion Piece
By Etana Cain, Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer, YWCA Toronto
April 27, 2016

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Supporting Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act
(Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment)
Deputation to Standing Committee on Social Policy
By Maureen Adams, Director of Advocacy and Communications, YWCA Toronto  
January 22, 2016

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Building the Toronto We Want Starts with Poverty Reduction
Deputation to the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee (2016 City Budget)
By Maureen Adams, Director of Advocacy and Communications, YWCA Toronto
January 14, 2016


2015


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Ontario Needs a Gender Analysis of Homelessness
Deputation to Ontario's Expert Panel on Homelessness
By Heather McGregor, CEO, YWCA Toronto
May 28, 2015

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Working Together to End Sexual Violence and Harassment
Deputation to Ontario’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment
By Maureen Adams, Director of Advocacy and Communications, YWCA Toronto
May 20, 2015