Elizabeth Fry Toronto

Elizabeth Fry Toronto We are the only social service agency in Toronto with a specific mandate to provide programs and services for and about women in conflict with the law.
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Elizabeth Fry Toronto, established in 1952, serves women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the criminal justice system. We provide transitional housing and community supports that are: Women-centred: ensuring women and girls receive services and supports that respect their social, economic, physical and cultural realities and based on the assumption that women know their own realities best and are best served by models that acknowledges women’s differences from men. Gender-responsive: creating service models that reflect an understanding of the realities of the lives of women and girls and address and respond to their strengths and challenges. Anti-oppressive: implementing practices that acknowledge repression in societies, economies, cultures and groups and seeking to remove or negate the influence of such repression.

Mission: Elizabeth Fry Toronto delivers gender based, trauma informed services and advocates for justice and equity for women and non binary people who are criminalized and their families Vision We envision communities where women are not criminalized Values Compassion: We honour women’s voices, experiences and resilience and prioritize women’s mental, spiritual, physical and emotional health Equity and Inclusion: We are a feminist organization and we challenge oppression in all its forms Excellence: We foster a collaborative culture based on self-reflection, continuous learning, effective partnerships, quality improvement and evidence based practice Accountability: We are responsible to ourselves and to our stakeholders for using resources appropriately, communicating honestly and acting with integrity

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We are hiring two positions for our My Start Up program. Visit our website, click ‘get involved’  to learn more about th...
10/28/2020

We are hiring two positions for our My Start Up program. Visit our website, click ‘get involved’ to learn more about the Employment Program Coordinator positions. The deadline to apply is November 9, 2020! https://efrytoronto.org/placementandcareers
#efrytorontojobs #mystartup

The OCI report reiterates the need to build communities not cages. Please read the press release from Canadian Associati...
10/28/2020

The OCI report reiterates the need to build communities not cages. Please read the press release from Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Earlier today, the Office of the Correctional Investigator released their annual report which included an investigation into sexual coercion and violence in federal prisons.

You can read our full response here:

https://ac935091-bf76-4969-8249-ae3a107fca23.filesusr.com/ugd/d2d30e_8b2c1694e5e547cd8aa8285fd32cef4a.pdf

Many of the respondents from the study reported that they had any of the following four types of health conditions: chro...
10/27/2020

Many of the respondents from the study reported that they had any of the following four types of health conditions: chronic/acute medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis or a heart condition, physical disability; mental health issue; or addiction. Living on the streets can have very negative impacts on ones overall health and if they didn’t start with a health condition prior to living on the street it is likely they will develop one. Shelter is a basic necessity and many Torontonians are not having that need met. #teachingtuesday #elizabethfrytoronto #basicneed #shelterforall

A recent study conducted in 2018 showed that almost half Toronto's homeless population have been homeless for six months...
10/20/2020

A recent study conducted in 2018 showed that almost half Toronto's homeless population have been homeless for six months or more. Respondents said it would be helpful if they had increased social assistance rates, more affordable housing available, subsidized housing or a housing allowance, help finding an affordable place, and help finding employment or job training. More government funding needs to be put into affordable housing and programs to help folks find as well as secure employment. #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday #holdthegovernmentaccountable #affordbalehousing

Do you need help finding financial assistance, mental health support, employment support, childcare, housing, food, wint...
10/16/2020
211 Central

Do you need help finding financial assistance, mental health support, employment support, childcare, housing, food, winter clothing and shelter? 211 can help. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 211 has increased its capacity to respond to urgent needs. Call 211, text 21166 or visit https://211central.ca/ for more info.

Family conflict is one of the main causes of youth homelessness, specifically conflict that may arise when a youth comes...
10/13/2020

Family conflict is one of the main causes of youth homelessness, specifically conflict that may arise when a youth comes out at LGBTQ2S. Many queer homeless youth feel safer on the streets than in shelters because of potential homophobia and transphobia in the shelter system. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #youthhomelessness #affordablehousing

If you would like to know more about this project please click here: https://kijibashik.wordpress.com/. An honourarium w...
10/09/2020

If you would like to know more about this project please click here: https://kijibashik.wordpress.com/. An honourarium will be given to all selected participants.

JOIN US! Send a letter to Ontario leadership to #stopunsafeevictions by restoring the court-ordered moratorium on reside...
10/07/2020

JOIN US! Send a letter to Ontario leadership to #stopunsafeevictions by restoring the court-ordered moratorium on residential evictions that was put in place in March. The health of our communities depends on it. Click here to send a letter: https://act.newmode.net/action/stop-unsafe-evictions
#sendaletter #efrytorontosupports #holdthegovernmentaccountable

Some of the major causes for homelessness in Toronto is the economy, migration and the housing market. Over the past 10 ...
10/06/2020

Some of the major causes for homelessness in Toronto is the economy, migration and the housing market. Over the past 10 years rental costs have increased dramatically and a lack of affordable housing has increased to record high numbers. Having adequate shelter is a basic human need that unmet can lead to many other challenges like unemployment, mental health issues, poor physical health, violence etc. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #affordablehousing #basicneed

Today on #featurefriday is Totally One Communications. Thank you for donating cell phones this summer!! These cellphones...
10/02/2020

Today on #featurefriday is Totally One Communications. Thank you for donating cell phones this summer!! These cellphones went to our clients during COVID-19 so they would have a way to connect with others and attend our online counselling sessions. #thankyou #inkinddonations #continuityofcare #efrytoronto

#OrangeShirtDay takes place annually on September 30th to raise awareness about inter-generational impacts of #Residenti...
09/30/2020

#OrangeShirtDay takes place annually on September 30th to raise awareness about inter-generational impacts of #ResidentialSchools. It is a day to honour and remember the survivors of Residential Schools and commemorate the lives lost. It is a day to stand in solidarity with Indigenous folks and demand more. #everychildmatters #solidarity #efrytoronto

Na-Me-Res is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing and support programs to Aboriginal men. They are h...
09/29/2020

Na-Me-Res is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing and support programs to Aboriginal men. They are hoping to launch a new COVID-19 testing facility by mid October for indigenous folks. One of the goals of the testing facility is to help eliminate barriers Indigenous people might face when accessing COVID-19 support. "There's not much trust for some Indigenous folks in our health care system because of discriminatory practices or blatant racism". This testing facility is a great step in the right direction. Once folks have completed their COVID-19 test they can access other referrals or supports to meet their immediate health and social needs. #covidtesting #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #accessibility

Check out this episode that our Executive Director Kelly Potvin and Patti Pettigrew Executive Director of Thunder Woman ...
09/25/2020
Former inmate taps into her prison experience for 'groundbreaking' PhD research | CBC Radio

Check out this episode that our Executive Director Kelly Potvin and Patti Pettigrew Executive Director of Thunder Woman Healing Society Lodge Society one of our partner organizations appeared on. They speak about alternatives to the criminal justice system as well as the importance of relational bonds and sense of belonging in efforts to reintegrate women who have been in conflict with the law.
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/former-inmate-taps-into-her-prison-experience-for-groundbreaking-phd-research-1.5736932

The prison system amplifies and perpetuates the systemic disadvantages that incarcerated women are up against, argues University of Ottawa PhD student Rachel Fayter. She was incarcerated for more than three years and draws from her experience in jail to inform her ‘groundbreaking’ research into ...

TPS-Equity, Inclusion and Human Right Unit is inviting community members to complete an online application to joing thei...
09/24/2020

TPS-Equity, Inclusion and Human Right Unit is inviting community members to complete an online application to joing their Community Advisory Panel (CAP) for the TPS’s Race-Based Data Collection Strategy. It aims to identify, monitor, and eliminate potential systemic racism and racial bias; identify equitable service delivery; and preserve the dignity of individuals. If you are interested in being part of the please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPSCAP

Using technology like this can have some serious negative consequences on the lives of racialized people. It fails to ad...
09/22/2020

Using technology like this can have some serious negative consequences on the lives of racialized people. It fails to address to underlying reasons why people commit crimes in the first place. This type of technology will increase racial profiling and increase the policing budget, diverting resources away from mental health services, housing and social services. #abolitionnow #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday #humanrights

Audio conference lines will no longer be operational because they have switched to using Zoom. Click this link https://r...
09/21/2020

Audio conference lines will no longer be operational because they have switched to using Zoom. Click this link https://rb.gy/uyvqxr or visit our website for a list of the dedicated Zoom lines for the College Park courtrooms for September.

#tbt to our online AGM panel discussion. It was a pleasure to have such an incredible group of women on our panel discus...
09/17/2020

#tbt to our online AGM panel discussion. It was a pleasure to have such an incredible group of women on our panel discussing 'The Colour of Justice" A big thank you to our panellists, elders and everyone who tuned in to be a part of the discussion. If you weren't able to join us last week click this link: https://rb.gy/6lpwjc to see a recording! #onlineAGM #paneldiscussion #thecolourofjustice #thankyou

Violence has the potential to have immediate and long-term consequences on women. Young women, non-binary and Two-Spirit...
09/15/2020

Violence has the potential to have immediate and long-term consequences on women. Young women, non-binary and Two-Spirit people are more likely to experience gender-based violence than any other age group. They are also one of the demographics with the least amount of financial income, so they are under even more pressure to insert themselves into dangerous living and working situations. #covid19 #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #genderbasedviolence

09/09/2020
Today is our 2020 online AGM, followed by a panel discussion about 'The Colour of Justice. If you didn't have the chance...
09/09/2020

Today is our 2020 online AGM, followed by a panel discussion about 'The Colour of Justice. If you didn't have the chance to register, don't worry, we are streaming it live on Facebook. Visit our page at 6pm to tune in. Don't forget to click the LIKE button of the stream so we know who tuned in!! #AGM2020 #thecolourofjustice #paneldiscussion

Have you had a chance to RSVP to our online AGM and panel? You still can! We are excited for a great discussion about 'T...
09/05/2020

Have you had a chance to RSVP to our online AGM and panel? You still can! We are excited for a great discussion about 'The Colour of Justice' with an amazing group of panellists: Pam Palmater, Jill Andrew, Notisha Massaquoi, Kassandra Churcher and Thy Do. Click the link in our bio or visit our website to RSVP. #thecolourofjustice #onlineAGM #paneldiscussion #RSVPnow

Today on #featurefriday is United Way-Greater Toronto. We are so thankful to be the recipient of the Emergency Community...
09/04/2020

Today on #featurefriday is United Way-Greater Toronto. We are so thankful to be the recipient of the Emergency Community Support Fund grant through United Way of Greater. This funding was used to provide cellphones, calling cards and grocery card to our clients! Thank you @ESDC_GC and @UWGreaterTO #LocalLove

In light of Black Lives Matter and The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, we have chosne the theme...
09/02/2020

In light of Black Lives Matter and The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, we have chosne the theme 'The Colour of Justice' for our AGM. This year we are encouraging you to support two organizations that work closely with both populations. Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society is a community-driven initiative that was established out of concern and recognition of the urgent need to break the cycle of Indigenous women’s over-representation in Canada’s prisons. Women's Health in Women's Hands is a Community Health Centre that specializes in the health and wellness needs of racialized women. ⁠

Visit our website to learn more about these two organizations and RSVP to our AGM. #efrytoronto #donatenow #onlinepanel #thecolourofjustice

The Public Prosecution of Canada has instructed Crown Prosecutors to find better alternatives rather than sentencing peo...
09/01/2020

The Public Prosecution of Canada has instructed Crown Prosecutors to find better alternatives rather than sentencing people and focus on securing access to treatment and other programs . "The decision is based on the “realities” that criminal punishments aren’t effective at stopping drug use, and incarceration and permanent criminal records can cause more harm than good." #efrytoronto #teachingtuesday #abolitionnow

Meet our moderator, Beth Jordan. Beth has deep practical and strategic experience as a trusted organizational developer ...
08/31/2020

Meet our moderator, Beth Jordan. Beth has deep practical and strategic experience as a trusted organizational developer and management consultant. She has consulted extensively to municipal, provincial and federal levels of government and NGO’s on the issue of violence against women, HIV/AIDS, social justice policy and the integration of anti-racist and anti-oppression frameworks. For 6 years, Beth was the Co-Director the Assaulted Women’s Helpline based in Toronto, Canada. . Beth has been instrumental in facilitating broad-based advocacy initiatives and has been active in a wide range of committees and coalitions. She is the recipient of the 2005 Women of Distinction Award for Social Justice and the 2006 Premiers Award.

We are excited to have her moderate our online panel! Visit our website or click this link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/116256846357 to RSVP. #onlinepanel #AGM #efrytoronto #thecolourofjustice

Don't forget to RSVP to our upcoming AGM on Wednesday September 9th at 5:30pm. Following our AGM we will be hosting an o...
08/31/2020
Elizabeth Fry Toronto 2020 AGM- The Colour of Justice

Don't forget to RSVP to our upcoming AGM on Wednesday September 9th at 5:30pm. Following our AGM we will be hosting an online panel discussion at 6:00pm with an incredible group of panellists; Jill Andrew - MPP, Toronto-St.Paul's, Kassandra Churcher, Dr. Notisha Massaquoi, Dr. Pam Palmater and Thy Do. They will be discussing 'The Colour of Justice' and we can't wait to hear what they have to say! Click here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/116256846357 to RSVP.

Elizabeth Fry Toronto's 2020 Online AGM, "The Colour of Justice"

Today on #featurefriday is The Rotary Club of Toronto Women's Initiative. We are so thankful for their support of our Ta...
08/28/2020

Today on #featurefriday is The Rotary Club of Toronto Women's Initiative. We are so thankful for their support of our Talk and Listen line! Our toll-free line has been a great resource for folks who are currently incarcerated, especially during COVID-19. #thankful #donations #talkandlistenline #womensinitiative

Meet our fourth panellist, Kassandra Churcher. Kassandra has dedicated the majority of her career to partnering with Ind...
08/26/2020

Meet our fourth panellist, Kassandra Churcher. Kassandra has dedicated the majority of her career to partnering with Indigenous communities to advocate and improve the access and quality of education services through her work as an education administrator and leader. She is an advocate for education and women’s issues, whose work dramatically reorganized the priorities regarding girls’ educational success. Her career ranges from working with incarcerated women during her time at CAEFS as Executive Director to her involvement with Indigenous communities supervising the operations and management of all primary and secondary schools in Northern Quebec.

We cannot wait to hear what she has to say about the Colour of Justice. Click this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/116256846357 or visit our website to RSVP! #thecolourofjustice #onlinepanel #efrytoronto #AGM2020

Before COVID-19, we knew that people in prison were at high risk for outbreaks. With COVID-19 now people who are incarce...
08/25/2020

Before COVID-19, we knew that people in prison were at high risk for outbreaks. With COVID-19 now people who are incarcerated are confined to their cells for the majority of the day to slow the spread. This not only impacts their mental health but illustrates how little people who are incarcerated are considered when creating policies. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #covidpolicies

Meet our third panellist for our online panel, Dr. Jill Andrew. Jill, is the MPP for Toronto-St.Paul's and serves as the...
08/24/2020

Meet our third panellist for our online panel, Dr. Jill Andrew. Jill, is the MPP for Toronto-St.Paul's and serves as the the Ontario NDP Culture Critic and Women's Issues Critic for the Official Opposition. Jill is also a member of the Ontario NDP Black Caucus, a first of it's kind in Ontario legislative history. Jill also sits on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Jill is the first Black and Queer person to be elected to the Ontario Legislature and reportedly in Canada. Outside of politics, Jill is also co-founder of Body Confidence Canada and is an award-winning educator and former columnist, equity and body-image advocate, speaker and writer.

We are excited to have her on the panel and the perspective she will bring to the discussion. Visit our website or click this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/116256846357 to RSVP now! #efrytoronto #thecolourofjustice #AGMonline #paneldiscussion #RSVPtoday

Meet our second 'The Colour of Justice' panellist, Dr. Notisha Massaquoi. Notisha has been an international advocate for...
08/22/2020

Meet our second 'The Colour of Justice' panellist, Dr. Notisha Massaquoi. Notisha has been an international advocate for racialized women's access to health care for the past 30 years. Her research and publications have focused on equity in health systems and anti-oppression practices within organizational settings. She is one of Canada’s leading experts in developing equity responsive organizations. Most notably she spearheaded the development and served as the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto, Canada – the only Community Health Centre in North America, which provides specialized primary healthcare for Black and racialized women.

We are thrilled to have her on our online panel! RSVP to secure your chance to be a part of this discussion. Visit our website or click this link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/116256846357 for more info.
#onlineAGM #RSVP #thecolourofjustice #efrytoronto #paneldiscussion

Today on #featurefriday is Delta Bingo And Gaming. Thanks for your continued support and funding that helps provide toil...
08/21/2020

Today on #featurefriday is Delta Bingo And Gaming. Thanks for your continued support and funding that helps provide toiletries, groceries and household items for the women is our residence! #featurefriday #deltabingofunding #thankyou #efrytorotno

Meet one of our panellists for our upcoming AGM on Wednesday September 9th, Dr. Pam Palmater. Pam is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, p...
08/20/2020

Meet one of our panellists for our upcoming AGM on Wednesday September 9th, Dr. Pam Palmater. Pam is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor, author, and social justice. She has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 30 years on a wide range of issues like socio-economic conditions, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. Her current research focuses on police racism, abuse and sexualized violence against Indigenous women and girls and its contribution to the crisis of murdered, missing, traded, and exploited Indigenous women and girls.

We are so pleased to have her join us for a great discussion! Click this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/116256846357 or visit our website to learn more. #onlineAGM #paneldiscussion #thecolourofjustice #efrytoronto #RSVPnow

In April 2020 Statistics Canada interviewed Canadians on the impacts of the pandemic and found that one in 10 women were...
08/18/2020

In April 2020 Statistics Canada interviewed Canadians on the impacts of the pandemic and found that one in 10 women were very or extremely concerned about the possibility of violence in the home. Before we got to stage 3 we were urged to stay in our homes to slow the spread of COVID-19. Women experiencing violence prior to the pandemic became even more isolated and were forced to stay at home with their abusive partners. #teachingtuesday #efrytoronto #violenceagainstwomen #childprotection #domesticviolence #covidcrisis

A big thank you goes to our volunteer at Skyview for dropping these off for the women in our residence! #thankful #donat...
08/14/2020

A big thank you goes to our volunteer at Skyview for dropping these off for the women in our residence! #thankful #donations #efrytoronto

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