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About Us

Since 1905, the YW has provided essential programs for women and families. Today, we provide programs in the areas of early learning and childcare, homelessness and housing, girls’ recreation and leadership, and employment training, and we speak out on issues affecting women and families.

The YW is a community-based, charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are a member association of YWCA Canada, the largest women's multi-service organization in Canada. Through YWCA Canada, we are a member of World YWCA, the oldest and largest women’s rights organization in the world.

Our 2018 operating budget is approximately $7.5 million dollars. Revenue sources include program fees (46 percent), government grants (40 percent), United Way (3 percent), donations and special events (4 percent), and other income (7 percent). Expenses include salaries and benefits (71 percent), occupancy costs (11 percent), program costs (9 percent), office and administration (3 percent), and other expenses (6 percent).

YW Kitchener-Waterloo has approximately 220 staff. Sixty-five percent work in our Children’s Services department, 20 percent work in homelessness and housing services, and the remainder work in our girls’ programs, our employment training program and our support departments, including administration, communications, finance, human resources, and philanthropy.