As we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, we wanted to update you on what is happening at North York Women’s Shelter.

 NYWS is continuing to operate providing supports to women experiencing Intimate Partner Violence by providing safe shelter, advocacy and crisis support.

Within our shelter we are implementing and promoting high standards of cleaning practices and an extensive number of safety protocols meant to contain the transmission of infectious disease, while continuing to provide a calm and comforting home to individuals who have experienced violence. However, these changes have a huge impact on our residents and our courageous, hardworking staff and we are doing everything in our power to support them through this crisis.

While we are all practicing social distancing at the urging of Public Health, we must remember that social isolation for survivors can mean increases in experiences of violence. Domestic or family violence can be made worse by pressures, such as stress, or economic instability.  It is vital that we continue to provide space and support for survivors.

As per public health guidelines, we have closed our community collective and all group programming; however, we are continuing to look at ways we can provide support to survivors, through our crisis line providing safety plans, and increasing our capacity to take on community clients over the phone.

All of this means that we are investing more financially to meet our ever-changing needs during this time.

These costs include:

  • Increased cleaning supplies
  • Staff wages; including staff who are off sick or caring for family members; additional cleaning staff, counselling staff, and overtime for staff if we are quarantined 
  • Increased grocery needs
  • Alternative transportation
  • Increase in basic needs  i.e. diapers, formula, toilet paper 
  • Mental health supports  i.e. tablets, yoga mats, journals
  • Arts supplies
  • Children’s toys (non-plush)

In these extraordinary times of unprecedented crisis, we are reaching out to you, our community, to ask for your support.

When you are stocking up for yourselves and families during this time, please consider donating to NYWS.

This can be done in two ways:

1.    Making a financial donation through CanadaHelps

2.    Purchasing an item directly from our needs list here:

If you would like to purchase items online, please use Amazon Prime delivery or Canada Post, and deliver to:

Lindsay Sweeney-Hockin

940 Sheppard Avenue West

Toronto, ON M3H 2T6

If you would like to make a donation and drop it off the shelter, please contact Lindsay at for drop-off instructions.

Thank you for continuing to stand with us in supporting survivors of violence.

Wishing you and yours the very best in health during this time.

Mohini Datta-Ray

Executive Director