Introduction: Transition Houses and Shelters for Abused Women in Canada 2008


The 2008 directory of Transition Houses and Shelters for Abused Women in Canada is one of a series of directories prepared for the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence under the Family Violence Initiative of the Government of Canada.

This directory provides a listing of transition houses and shelters for abused women. The services are listed by province and territory (east to west) and alphabetically by town and city.Footnote * Transition houses, second stage housing and safe homes provide temporary accommodations and support for abused women and their children.

Each listing identifies the type of facility or service (transition house, second stage housing or safe home), the availability of bilingual services, if there are service fees , and whether the facility accommodates women with children and/or women with disabilities. A definition of some of these services follows the introduction section.

Organizations listed in this directory may also offer counselling and follow-up services and may provide information about other local sources of assistance.

Some listings include a toll free number, often accessible only within the province or territory. Toll free numbers for the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, however, can be used across Canada.

The first few pages of your local phone book may also identify distress lines or emergency numbers.

If you are aware of any changes or additions that should be made to these listings, please let us know.

Stop Family Violence
200 Eglantine Driveway
Jeanne Mance Building, 1909D
Tunney's Pasture

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
Telephone: 1-800-267-1291 or
(613) 957-2938
Fax: (613) 941-8930
TTY: 1-800-561-5643 or (613) 952-6396
Web site:


Transition House: Short to moderate term (generally 1 day to 11 weeks) first stage emergency housing.Footnote 1

Second Stage Housing: Long term (generally 3 – 12 months) secure housing with support designed to assist women while they search for permanent housing.Footnote 1

Safe Homes: Short term emergency housing in
private homes.Footnote 1

Bilingual: Services available in English and French.

Special Needs: Includes mobility challenges, deaf or hearing impaired, blind or vision impaired, have a guide dog, or require attendant care.

[Please note: time periods may vary due to specific provincial/ territorial shelter standards]

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