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First Francophone Women's Shelter for Toronto

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First Francophone Women's Shelter for Toronto

McGuinty Government Improving French Language Services and Creating Jobs

Ontario is helping build Toronto's first francophone women's shelter.

La Maison d'hébergement francophone de Toronto will construct a new 20-bed shelter, which will be the first in Toronto for francophone women and their children fleeing domestic violence. This new accessible shelter will give francophone women and their children an opportunity to rebuild their lives, free of violence, through support from a variety of services provided in their own language.

The province is investing $5.2 million to support construction of the new shelter. These funds are part of a $50-million province-wide investment in nearly 1,000 infrastructure projects. The projects will improve facilities at social service agencies, and create an estimated 450 jobs throughout Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has increased funding for violence against women's programs by 46 per cent.
  • In 2008-09, emergency shelters across the province served approximately 13,000 women and 9,000 children.

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“Making the decision to leave an abusive situation takes courage. By providing shelter and counselling to women in their own language and cultural context, we can make that decision an easier one for them to make.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community and Social Services

“Francophone women in Toronto have been expecting this shelter for a long time. All women who have lived through episodes of violence can testify to this. The healing process can only take place in one's own language. We will now have a better resource, adapted to our needs and that will help us eliminate violence against women.”

Julie Lassonde

Board Chair, La Maison d'hébergement francophone de Toronto

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