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Ernestine's Women's Shelter

Contact Information
Office Phone 416-743-1733
TTY Phone 416-746-3716
Crisis Phone 416-746-3701
Fax 416-743-1732
Primary Contact Laverne Blake, Manager of Programs; Phone: 416-743-1733 ext 2043; Email:
Agency Information
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding United Way - United Way Greater Toronto
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID19 Shelter operating, with food care packages for vulnerable women and families, crisis line 24/7, counselling and safety planning


Emergency shelter, capacity 32
  • counselling and referrals
  • advocacy and follow up
  • court and immigration escort
  • children's program and counselling
  • legal and housing assistance
Transitional Housing and Support Program
Community-based support in obtaining affordable housing; also outreach, workshops and speakers bureau
Hours Crisis line Mon-Sun 24 hours; call for intake
Areas Served Durham Region ; Halton Region ; Peel Region ; Toronto ; York Region
Boundaries Greater Toronto Area
Eligibility Women, with or without children, coming from abusive situations

Residency Requirements: Greater Toronto Area
Application Call first for details regarding vacancies and admission procedure
Languages Access to interpreters for other languages; American Sign Language (ASL); Arabic; Bosnian; Chinese (Cantonese); Chinese (Mandarin); Farsi; French - interpreters; German; Gujarati; Hindi; Italian; Korean; Ojibway; Polish; Portuguese; Punjabi; Romanian; Russian; Slovenian; Somali; Spanish; Tamil; Twi; Ukrainian; Urdu; West Indian dialects
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Toronto
Address & Map
Toronto, ON
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Mailing Address PO Box 141, Stn B 
Toronto, ON 
Canada M9W 5K9
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Easy access to elevator ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features - lowered buttons ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; Service dogs accommodated
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Abuse / Assault ; Child / Family Services ; Emergency / Crisis ; Housing / Shelter
HCSD Sub Heading Counselling for Abused Women ; Crisis Lines for Abuse / Violence ; Crisis Lines for Abused Women ; Domestic Abuse ; Domestic Abuse Crisis Services ; Help to Find Housing ; Shelter for Abused Women ; Shelters for Abuse ; Victims of Abuse Support Programs ; Victims of Crime Support Programs
Service Categories Crime Victim Safety Planning ~ Abused Women ; Domestic Violence Hotlines ; Domestic Violence Shelters ; Housing Search Assistance ~ Abused Women ; Spouse/Intimate Partner Abuse Counselling ; Spouse/Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention

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