Who We Are

Since 1992, Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women has been an agent of change in our community.

We believe strong women equal a strong community. We empower and build collective capacity. We believe that when we invest in newcomer and refugee women and girls, we help support individuals, our community and Canadian society. Even more importantly, this investment has lasting positive effects on the next generation.

Whether it is finding a safe, affordable place to live, being admitted into a post-secondary program, progressing on their healing journey, sharing their stories to reduce domestic violence and abuse, gaining meaningful employment, or completing school, the newcomer and refugee women who come to the Centre make it happen in their own lives, on their own terms.

Why do women keep coming back to the Centre, year after year? In addition to it being a safe, non-judgmental place to access culturally appropriate support and services, EHCW enables newcomer and refugee women and their families to build strong ties with their new communities while learning new skills and enhancing existing ones.

Celebrating over 2 decades of Services

The Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women was established on September 2, 1992, and named in honour of Elspeth Heyworth. Each year the Centre holds a fundraising gala with its signature event called The Peacock Ball.  The event raises funds to support its programs and services in the community.

EHCW is quite familiar with the trials and the tribulations faced by the newcomers and immigrants and has a track record of providing essential support services by engaging clients in a range of diverse activities which contribute not only to smooth settlement process of our clients but to their emotional, mental and physical well-being, as well. EHCW recognizes the significance of providing culturally sensitive and specialized services for clients.

Building on Our Success

Our success has been made possible due to the commitment of our staff, volunteers, community partners and funders. Their cooperation and support is valued and has been much appreciated. After two decades, we look forward to continuing our success

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(416) 663-2978


2350 Finch Ave W, Unit D Toronto, Ontario M9M 2C7



2350 Finch Ave W, Unit D, Toronto ON
(416) 663-2978
133 Fieldstone Drive Woodbridge L4L 0A1
(905) 747-1515