About Us

Who Are We?

The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre is a non-profit, community based, feminist organization. We rely on donations and government funding to maintain an accessible location and to respond to the needs of Northwestern Ontario women.

Our mission is to create and advocate for safe and supportive environments so that self–identified women can fully engage in their lives and communities. The Centre works with women to increase their access to knowledge, skills and resources so they can make informed and strategic choices.

Individual and Community Advocacy:

We assist and advocate for women around a variety of issues: poverty, family, child welfare and criminal law, immigration, sexual harassment, human rights and more.

Community Education:

We work to increase understanding and awareness of issues that affect women, such as violence, poverty, sexism, racism, sexual orientation, access to justice and human rights through presentations and information clinics.

Action on Women’s Issues:

We advocate for systemic change to public policies and practices that impact women’s lives.

Resource Centre:

We provide print resources including books and pamphlets on a wide range of women’s concerns and interests.

Funding and Support for our Programs:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of volunteers, donors, and the Investing in Women’s Future Program of the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. We also currently receive funding through Thunder Bay Community Foundation’s Emergency Community Support Fund, to transition the Emergency Good Food Box program back to regular operations.. The Good Food Box Program is funded by District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board, United Way Thunder Bay, and City of Thunder Bay’s Community, Youth & Cultural Funding Program.

The “Analysis to Action on Gender-Based Violence” Program is funded by Government of Canada Dept. of Wage and Gender Equality; the “High Risk Navigation” Program is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

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