Our Cause

YWCA Halifax is for, and by, women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender diverse people. Together we’re building a future of gender equality by creating opportunities and supports for child care, education, employment, housing, financial security, and more.

We transform lives by providing a continuum of supports that build on people’s strengths to create lasting, positive change for women and gender diverse people in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

We strive to change the root causes of inequality, violence, poverty, and homelessness.

* YWCA Halifax is a transgender inclusive organization. We recognize that trans rights are connected to, and inseparable from, the liberation of all women. We are committed to an intersectional approach in our work.

Our Mission

We build economic security, promote wellness, and create opportunities for all women, girls, Two Spirit and gender diverse people, and their families by providing a strong voice and integrated services.

Our Vision

We envision a world where women, girls, Two Spirit and gender diverse people are empowered in a safe and equitable society.

Our Values

Diversity – Inclusion – Respect – Equity – Security – Freedom of Choice – Responsiveness – Collaboration

Four Focus Areas

  • Promote the leadership, health and wellness of women, girls, Two Spirit and gender diverse people
  • Advance the economic and housing security of women, Two Spirit and gender diverse people
  • Deliver quality, accessible, early learning and child care for women and families
  • Work to end gender-based violence against women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender diverse people


YWCA Halifax is one of 32 YWCA Canada branches, and was one of the first YWCAs in Canada, opening in 1874.

YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization. More than 32 Member Associations are operating in over 400 districts and communities across the country. YWCA Canada is a member association of the World YWCA, which unites 25 million women and girls worldwide and spans 120 countries.

Learn more about YWCA Canada.

Accountability & Sustainability

We operate sustainable programming and are financially secure. We implement relevant, purposeful governance policies and practices and manage risk accordingly to remain fully transparent and accountable to stakeholders.

Guiding Principles

When developing programs and services, we will always apply the following questions:

  • Will it further our mission?
  • Is it consistent with our values?
  • Necessary – is there a demonstrated community need?
  • Is it sustainable?
  • Will it make a difference in our community?
  • Feasibility – can we do it well?
  • Are we the best one to do it – Should we partner, refer or support others?