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Directory of Women’s Organizations

The Directory of Women’s Organizations was compiled by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF) as part of the needs assessment portion of our multi-year project “Building Capacity for Intersectional Advocacy on Women’s Issues” (2017-2021). CRIAW-ICREF has made this information available to help activists and organizations find women’s organizations in their region and/or sector of work.

If you represent a women’s organization in Canada and would like to be listed on the Directory, or would like to modify existing information, please contact us.


Please note that specific women’s shelters are not included in the Directory of Women’s Organization on CRIAW-ICREF’s website. If you are looking for a shelter, please refer to Women’s Shelters Canada’s Sheltersafe.ca website.

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Aboriginal Women’s Action Network

Coast Salish Territories, National/BC

An independent voice against injustice to Aboriginal women.

Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI

Lennox Island, PEI

AWAPEI is a non-profit organization. It unites all Aboriginal Women from across the Island representing many Aboriginal nations, sometimes spanning three or four generations. Since 1986, it has continued to build and strengthen aboriginal women from across Prince Edward Island in accordance with the vision: “Stronger Women Create Stronger Communities”.
AWAPEI is also our connection to the voice at the National level with our membership to Native Women’s Association of Canada. The membership gives Aboriginal Women many other opportunities, and a chance to share in the voice on a National level in Canada.

Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association

Edmonton, AB

To empower Aboriginal women by providing opportunities for professional development with a focus on mentorship, cultural enrichment, and healthy connections.

Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC)

Vancouver, BC, National

The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) is the only nation-wide political pro-choice group devoted to ensuring abortion rights and access. We formed in October 2005 to carry out political and educational work to support reproductive rights and health.

Abortion Rights Network

, PEI

The PEI Abortion Rights Network (ARN) is made up of individuals and organizations working together to ensure that all women living in Prince Edward Island have access to publicly-funded, accessible, safe abortion services in their own province. In addition, it is ARN’s objective to ensure that all women in Prince Edward Island have accurate, timely and helpful information about abortion and abortion services. We focus our efforts on breaking down the barriers that Island women face in getting access to this necessary medical procedure. In cooperation with other organizations working on behalf of Island women, ARN organizes events and campaigns to explore the social, political and economic aspects of abortion rights. In all of its activities, ARN is guided by principles of Freedom of Choice, Equality and Inclusion

Accès-Travail-Femmes

Jonquière, QC

Améliorer les conditions socioéconomiques des femmes dans une perspective d’égalité et d’équité en matière d’emploi.
Développer un partenariat avec les entreprises afin de favoriser l’embauche des femmes et la diversification professionnelle.

Act 2

Coquitlam, BC

Since 1980, ACT 2 Child and Family Services, a not-for-profit registered charity, has helped transform the lives of those who have experienced the effects of violence, sexual abuse, trauma in their lives. We work with children, youth and adults to help them rebuild their lives through counselling, education, housing and support.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

Ottawa, ON, National

Founded in 2014, three of Canada’s leading sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations saw an opportunity for a strengthened voice in international and national policy, education and access as well as a way to engage others across Canada and around the world in the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement.
The amalgamation provided an opportunity for each of the three organizations to build on one another’s strengths and shared vision. While Canadians for Choice (CFC) and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health (CFSH) would benefit from policy expertise and international partnerships, Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD) would profit from first-hand knowledge of the Canadian sexual and reproductive health and rights landscape and a newly bridged gap between the national and global context.

Action cancer du sein du Québec/Breast Cancer Action Quebec

Montreal, QC

Breast Cancer Action Quebec is the only independent breast cancer organization in Canada whose mission is to work for the prevention of breast cancer and the elimination of environmental toxicants linked to the disease. We take on the tough issues ignored by mainstream organizations. BCAQc works to:

Educate about …

  • environmental toxins linked to breast cancer
  • widespread exposures to cancer hazards
  • the Precautionary Principle
  • the benefits and risks of various treatments
  • current cancer research, treatment and service

Advocate policies that would …

  • decrease the amount of toxins in our environment
  • allocate more research money to help find the environmental causes of breast cancer

Support …

  • individuals in their right to have a strong voice in decisions about their diagnosis and treatment
  • efforts to improve services, health care, and health policies

Network …

  • to create a resource-sharing community of women who care about the issue of breast cancer
  • to encourage other breast cancer organizations to join the fight for prevention of the disease, as well as for improvements in diagnosis and treatment

Action des femmes handicapées (Montréal)

Montreal, QC

Action des femmes handicapées (Montréal) – AFHM – est une organisation autonome, à but non lucratif, par et pour les femmes. Dans un cadre d’une analyse intersectionnelle, AFHM travaille à améliorer les conditions de vie des femmes en situation de handicap et de leur famille, à développer des projets et à favoriser les initiatives communautaires, gouvernementales et individuelles encourageant ainsi l’autonomie, le développement personnel ainsi que la pleine participation libre et entière à la vie sociale, culturelle, politique et économique de ces femmes.

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes

Ottawa, ON

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes est un regroupement provincial féministe et francophone d’organismes qui œuvrent ou qui sont engagés dans l’élimination de la violence faite aux femmes

Action travail des femmes

Montreal, QC

Originellement fondé en 1976 grâce à une subvention d’Emploi et Immigration Canada accordée pour la réalisation d’un projet d’aide à la recherche d’emploi destiné aux femmes, Action travail des femmes (ATF) est aujourd’hui un organisme autonome à but non lucratif oeuvrant à soutenir les femmes socio-économiquement défavorisées de tous âges et origines dans leurs démarches pour accéder à des emplois décents, particulièrement dans les domaines non traditionnels.

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