2016-17 Impact Report
Paulette Senior


You make Canada a better place for women and girls.
And you have our deepest gratitude.

With your support:

  • • A mother is rebuilding her life after violence.
  • • A woman is taking her first steps out of poverty.
  • • A girl is developing the confidence to reach her potential.
  • • Women and girls are becoming leaders through mentorship.

  • With your support, the Canadian Women's Foundation is advancing gender equality.

Thank you!

Paulette Senior,
President and CEO,
Canadian Women’s Foundation

Your Impact

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*Program numbers are influenced by the timing of our granting process. As this was a transitional year for the Economic Development and Teen Healthy Relationship grant cycles, fewer programs were funded in these areas during 2016/17.

**The number of lives impacted varies from year to year depending on grantees’ methods of service delivery.

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Learn more about our current work and funded programs.
Girl with hearing aid, violence prevention program

“When one has a disability as I do, it is very easy to feel invisible to the people around you … No one before was able to help when I was feeling invisible, but I know there is help here.”

Participant, Women and Access: Preventing Violence Program, Nellie’s Shelter, Toronto, ON


Thanks to you, women who have experienced violence have access to safety and resources that will help them rebuild their lives, and children who have witnessed violence can receive counselling to help them heal.

Thanks to you, teens are learning to create healthy relationships, recognize the signs of abuse, and know where to get help. They are also building skills like assertive communication, boundary-setting, empathy, and conflict resolution.

Thanks to you, we are bringing together community leaders, sector experts and survivors from across Canada to share knowledge and help build the capacity of the organizations that are working to address trafficking, prevent sexual exploitation, and teach teens about healthy relationships.

When our most recent four-year teen healthy relationship granting cycle concluded in 2016, we were able to evaluate program outcomes and revise our granting criteria.

We also reported on the learnings of the Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships project, an ongoing national initiative that is strategizing for the future of this crucial area of programming.

The Foundation is looking forward to launching a new teen healthy relationships granting cycle in the next fiscal year.

Learn more about our approach to violence prevention:


Thanks to you, women are able to move themselves out of poverty by participating in life-changing programs to learn a skilled trade, start a small business, or get work experience. These programs also help women address the everyday challenges that keep them trapped in poverty, like finding a support network, childcare, and affordable housing. As each barrier is overcome, participants can envision a brighter future.

Following our last cycle of five-year Economic Development grants, we evaluated the outcomes to update our strategy for the next cycle of funding. This strategy informed the grant application process that we launched in January 2017 to support programs across the country that are moving women out of poverty.

Learn more about our approach to Economic Development:

“It started with one financial program and it grew. I began to learn how to make different positive changes in my life. And because of that program, I’m a business owner now. This generational poverty that has been in my family—it stops here.”

Nicole, participant, Momentum Women’s Venture Program, Calgary, AB

Teen girl and friends, into confidence program

“The program helps me to not be peer pressured and to say ‘no’.”

Participant, Strong Girls of Inlailawatash, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, BC


Thanks to you, girls across Canada are moving into confidence through programs that engage their bodies, minds, and spirits. They are exploring science and technology, getting physically active, learning to think critically, and taking on leadership, in a supportive all-girl environment.

Thanks to you, we are bringing together organizations across Canada that work with girls to share knowledge, research and best practices in girls’ programming and girls’ group mentoring.

Learn more about our approach to empowering girls:

Mentor and students, into leadership program


Thanks to you, the Canadian Women’s Foundation invests in programs, across all our areas of work, that provide opportunities for women and girls to recognize their potential as leaders, to practise using leadership skills, and to understand that there is more than one way to lead. These programs also give both women and girls the opportunity to connect with and become mentors.

We are proud of the results from the three-year Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute pilot project, which concluded in 2016. More than 70 mid-career women leaders in the non-profit sector received intensive leadership training and funding to implement community-based projects.

Based on the positive outcomes reflected in our evaluations, the Foundation has begun planning to relaunch the Institute as a permanent initiative to support women’s non-profit sector leadership.

Learn more about our approach to leadership:

Mentor and students, into leadership program

“I love being a mentor … Not only does it influence the mentee to do better things, it influences me to do better things as I know that someone looks up to me.”

Mentor, Village Bloggurls, North York Community House, Toronto, ON

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Thank You

Corporate and community partners

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Thank you for empowering women and girls across Canada!