Community Development

The Montreal Women’s Y Foundation

The InspirationnELLE award honours young dynamic women under 35 for their leadership, career success and community involvement. Join the Women’s Y Foundation on June 10, 2021 to recognize this year's award recipients.

Photo: Dominique Jean-Marie @ Kano Kano

The Women’s Y Foundation launches its major fundraising campaign to support implementation of the Y des femmes de Montréal - YWCA Plan for the Future.

Photo: YWCA Montreal

Teg Gadais raised more than $2,000 for the Foundation Youth Services by biking solo across Canada.

Photo: YWCA Montreal

Energetic and proud participants of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Photo: YWCA Montreal

Build a better future for girls, women, and their families

Founded in 1875, the YWCA Montreal supported by its Foundation, provides services to women, girls, and their families so they can participate in and contribute to society to the best of their abilities. It also works with community stakeholders to focus attention on issues of exclusion, social inequality, and gender as well as all forms of violence against women and girls, and thereby improve overall practice. Its vision is to be recognized as a key lever of social transformation, thus contributing to the advancement of an egalitarian, inclusive, and non-violent society, and having a positive and lasting impact on the lives of women and girls.

The YMCA Montréal focus is on four priority areas: the housing services to provide women with a safe and stable living environment; the employability services to support them to go back to work or school or in starting their business; the youth services specifically designed for youth and offered in school and community centers; and the community services to promote personal and collective well-being through a wide range of services and activities.

Founded in 1995, The Montreal Women’s Y Foundation seeks to ensure a stable and a continuous source of financing for the YWCA Montreal programs and services. To finance its activities the Women’s Y Foundation organizes several events including The Cercle Quai des gares, The Women of Distinction Awards and InspirationnElle. Power Corporation is pleased to support The Montreal Women’s Y Foundation which highlights women who are making a positive and sustainable difference in our society.

Thanks to successful partnerships like the one with Power Corporation, the Montreal Women’s Y Foundation helps build a better future for Montréal women and girls.
Édith Cloutier
Chair of the Board of Directors
Montreal Women’s Y Foundation



women benefited from the YWCA Montreal’s housing services during 2019-2020


people have participated in programs offered by its employability services


youths participated in different programs offered by its youth services


people benefited from the different services and activities provided to the community


See the video from the Montreal Women’s Y Foundation (in French only).