YWCA Toronto advocates on important issues affecting the lives of women and girls, including poverty, violence against women and affordable housing. We often work in partnership with other organizations [see Partners & Coalitions below] to pool resources and expertise as well as amplify our messages.

Act now and be a part of YWCA Toronto's advocacy campaigns.

Call to Action

YWCA Toronto engages 6,500 stakeholders through our Call to Action emails. See below for our recent Calls to Action, sign up to receive future emails, or click to view our Call to Action archive.

Call to Action

#TOBudget – Toronto City Councillors vote on the 2017 Budget - let's push them to follow our lead. The women with whom we work tell us they need child care subsidies, shelter and supportive housing spaces, affordable rent and good jobs with livable incomes. These investments in our communities help make Toronto better for everyone.

#ActOnHousing – The federal government has launched consultations on a National Housing Strategy. Sign the #ActOnHousing pledge and help ensure that this strategy uses a gender lens and addresses the unique challenges that women face.

Federal Strategy Against Gender-Based Violence – Join YWCA Toronto in advocating for policies and financial resources that help women escape and recover from violence as well as address its root causes. Take 10 minutes and complete this online survey to inform the federal strategy against gender-based violence.

TRC Reading ChallengeThe ground-breaking Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report was released one year ago. Take the TRC Reading Challenge – as you read, think about your individual role in reconciliation and urge all levels of government to take action.

A great way to keep informed of the work of YWCA Toronto is to sign up to receive YWCA Toronto's Call to Action emails.


#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.

#ActOnHousing Blog posts
#ActOnHousing Infographics 

#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. Learn more here: www.storify.com/YWCAToronto

#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.

From a survivor’s call to end violence against women, to a 12-year-old girl promoting voting, the campaign helped amplify the voices of the women and girls we work with, reaching over 4.5 million people through media and social media. It made women’s issues election issues.

#WomenVoteforAction Blog posts
#WomenVoteforAction Infographics 

Gift Box Campaign
YWCA Toronto launched a “GiftBox” installation at the Bay Adelaide Centre in November 2014. With creative direction from Y&R and funding provided by a Toronto Foundation Vital Ideas grant, YWCA Toronto’s Gift Box raised awareness about the challenges that women face rebuilding their lives when they escape violence.

Partners & Coalitions

25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction

Budget 2016

Ontario Campaign 2000

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters

Coalition for Gun Control

Equal Pay Coalition

Equal Voice

Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Ontario Non-Profit Network

Social Planning Toronto

United Way of Toronto & York Region

Up For Debate

Vote Child Care

Vote Housing for All Network

Wellesley Institute

YWCA Canada