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YWCA Ontario to Minister Lecce: The Child Care Sector is in Crisis and You Can Fix it

The YWCA Ontario coalition sent the following letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. PDF version here. The Hon. Doug Ford, …

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YWCA Ontario Supports Education Workers: Statement

This week, the Ontario government passed legislation invoking the Notwithstanding Clause. This decision not only overrides rights laid out in the Charter of Rights and …

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Festive Futures Returns to Cambridge

Adults are often left out of annual giving programs which tend to prioritize ensuring children are able to participate in the joy of unwrapping gifts around the holidays. For us, though, we’ve watched the women and gender diverse individuals who have gone through Small Steps work incredibly hard to overcome numerous barriers such as chronic abuse, un/under-employment, precarious living conditions and innumerable other barriers. Festive Futures is our chance to give back to the women who’ve shown such great tenacity in working toward their life and career goals, and a way for us to say thank you to them for trusting us with their stories.

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It’s Time for High Tea and High Fashion With Lynn Spence!

Tickets are $65, $30 of which is eligible for a charitable donation receipt, and must be purchased in advance of the event. The afternoon, running from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. will feature an elevated high tea experience followed by an interactive fashion presentation by Lynn Spence who will showcase some of the fall’s biggest trends carried by Women’s International Gift & Gallery (WIGG), YWCA’s social enterprise.

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YWCA Takes Fight to End Homelessness to Ottawa

YWCA Cambridge joined YWCAs from across Canada for YWCA Canada’s annual YWCA Day On The Hill, an opportunity for YWCA member associations to gather in Ottawa to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators. Throughout our Day on the Hill, over 60 YWCA representatives made a coordinated, targeted request for more funding for affordable housing specifically built for women and gender-diverse people.

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What We Know About the Ontario Child Care Plan

The deadline for child care operators to opt into the plan and to complete the application package is September 1, 2022.  It was our intention to submit our application by that date; however there have been some changes that we were notified of on August 17, 2022 by the Ministry of Education as follows:

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