HER Campaign

How you can help build a new shelter

With community support, we will build a new, fully accessible Violence Against Women centre unlike any other in Canada. We are thrilled to have secured funding of almost $9 million from the federal and provincial governments towards our $12 million rebuild. But it’s not enough. Our $3 million HER Campaign will raise the remaining funds required to meet the immediate needs of women, children and their pets experiencing abuse. This $3 million is urgently required to outfit and furnish our new centre to make it a home offering healing, empowerment and refuge.

44% of women said they delayed leaving their partners because of their animals


Women often choose to stay in unsafe situations rather than leave their pet behind. With community donations, the new NYWS will have a kennel area, allowing women with pets to no longer choose between their own safety and their companion animals.

First of its kind design

Our new, secure, fully accessible 21,000 square foot complex is based on ‘designed for health’ building standards. This exciting, evidence based design is a first for VAW shelters in Canada, featuring two distinct but linked buildings.

An emergency residence with 17 bedrooms and the capacity to house between 30 – 40 women and their children – plus a first in the Toronto area – a kennel for their pets.

A community service hub with wrap-around services offering violence-prevention programming and trauma-specific care and services to support both residents and women from the surrounding community.

Hannah’s story

I spent four years with a man I loved who hurt me, beat me and let me believe I was worthless. I have scars on my body as a reminder of where I have been, but for once my heart is light and I can see a future for my family.

I owe my life and the lives of my children to the staff at NYWS and to you, the community of people who support the shelter through donations. Without your support and care, I would not have had the strength to carry on. Thank you.




Donate today to help provide a place of safety and refuge

Your donation to the HER campaign will help us provide women with the support they need to get themselves, their children and their pets into a safe environment, and once they are safe, to help them rebuild their lives.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
Click here to read some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the new shelter and the shelter rebuild project.

On April 19, 2017 the federal and provincial governments announced $8.84 million in funding for rebuilding North York Women’s Shelter. It is with a tremendous amount of gratitude and optimism that we thank the Federal and Provincial Governments for this funding as a commitment to responding to violence against women.

North York Women’s Shelter has been operating in North York since 1984. Over that period of time, more than 11,000 women and children have come through the shelter fleeing abuse. The number of women impacted by violence is staggering. The years have taken an extreme toll on the shelter building itself. The service needs of women fleeing abuse have also shifted since the shelter was first built, demanding a more complex, evidence-based and holistic response from us as an organization and from society as a whole. Non-residential services are in short supply in the North York area meaning that women living at the shelter have to travel long distances for services.

For more information please contact Mohini Datta-Ray, NYWS Executive Director, mohini@nyws.ca or 289-242-8810.

In the News

Ontario Supporting Rebuild of North York Women’s Shelter
April 19, 2017

Media Releases

A new building for Toronto’s North York Women’s Shelter
April 27, 2017

Governments of Canada and Ontario Announce Funding for Women’s Shelter in the City of Toronto
April 19, 2017