About Elizabeth Fry Society

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario (EFSNWO) was established as the first and only organization in Thunder Bay with an exclusive mandate to support women and gender-diverse individuals involved in the criminal justice system. EFSNWO is a charitable organization that supports and advocates for women, Two-Spirit, non-binary and gender-diverse people in prison, those transitioning back into the community, and those at risk of criminalization.

2024 Fundraising Goal

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About Elizabeth Fry

Organizational Timeline

January 2021

Relocated to a more accessible and strategically located office. This move facilitated the establishment of a community drop-in hub, significantly expanding our outreach and leading to remarkable organizational growth.

April 2021
Transitional Apartment

Opens its first-ever low-barrier, harm-reduction transitional apartment, offering 3 beds.

October 2021

First housing expansion, addition of one bed.

January 2022
Second Expansion

Second housing expansion, addition of 3 beds.

May 2022
Court Support Program

Pilots a 1-year Court Support Program with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, hiring our first Court Support Coordinator. 

May 2022
Food Bag Program

Begins a low-barrier food bag program with funding from TBDSSAB Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

September 2022
Reintegration Program

Pilots a Reintegration Program with funding from the Ministry of the Solicitor General, hiring our first Reintegration Navigator.

September 2022
Overnight Support

Added overnight support to the residents by introducing a part-time Harm Reduction Support Worker 4 evenings per week.

November 2022
Transitional Home

Opens its first transitional home with funding from TBDSSAB Homelessness Prevention Program, addition of 5 beds.

December 2022
Emergency Bed Program

Initiated a pilot Emergency Bed Program, providing emergency shelter during the winter months.

May 2023
Full-Time Fundraiser

Hires a full-time fundraiser for one year with funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada.  This project allows the organization to increase its visibility in the community via expanded fundraising efforts, social media, etc. 

September 2023
Second Transitional Home

Opens its second transitional home with funding from TBDSSAB Homelessness Support Program, addition of 19 beds.

January 2024
Emergency Bed Program

Emergency Bed Program runs for the second time with funding from the City of Thunder Bay Community Safety and Wellbeing Committee.

What's New

Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation, and Prevention Month has commenced. During this significant time, we honour the memory, resilience, and courage of both those who faced genocide, and their descendants. Our nation has been home to thousands of genocide survivors and their descendants, and these atrocities have left indelible scars. It is our collective duty to ensure they never happen again.In Canada, we recognize this month through a historic motion passed in 2015. We listen to the stories of survivors and descendants, understanding the devastating impact of these crimes on human history and through education, advocacy, and community support, we work tirelessly to prevent future atrocities.We stand united against hate, prejudice, racism, and xenophobia, fostering nurturing communities that promote empathy and kindness.Let us raise our voices for justice, peace, and a more diverse and inclusive world. 🌈✨#genocideremembrance #InclusivityMatters #efsnwo #elizabethfrysocietynwo #compassioninaction #2SLGBTQIA+ #MMIWG2S+ #HarmReduction #ilovesomeonewhousesdrugs #CommunityStrongerTogether #WomenLead #thunderbayontario #NorthWesternOntario #RebelWithACause #womenandgenderequality #womenandgenderdiversepeople ... See MoreSee Less
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🌈 Today, on International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), we honour and celebrate the resilience, courage, and contributions of transgender and gender-expansive individuals.🌟The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario stands as a beacon of support and advocacy for women in prison, those transitioning back into the community, and those at risk of criminalization. EFry NWO’s tireless efforts empower women to regain independence and rebuild their lives. 🙌Let’s take a moment to acknowledge their journeys, recognize their achievements, and raise awareness about the ongoing crisis and fight against discrimination and violence.✨THOMAS BENTZ✨ www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-pride-march-transgender-rights-1.6880288 ✨ELLEN CHAMBERS✨ northernontario.travel/thunder-bay/looking-back-birth-thunder-pride✨SAMSON BROWN✨ www.cbc.ca/life/culture/inspiring-lgbtq-canadians-and-allies-tell-us-what-they-re-proud-of-this-y... ✨KENT MONKMAN✨ www.cbc.ca/life/culture/inspiring-lgbtq-canadians-and-allies-tell-us-what-they-re-proud-of-this-y... ✨ROWAN TURNER✨ www.cbc.ca/life/culture/inspiring-lgbtq-canadians-and-allies-tell-us-what-they-re-proud-of-this-y...These remarkable individuals have played vital roles in advancing transgender visibility, acceptance, and understanding in Thunder Bay. Their contributions remind us of the importance of celebrating diversity and supporting one another, and they continue to help shape Thunder Bay’s landscape of positive change. We encourage everyone to learn more about their contributions in and beyond our community. 🌟🏳️‍⚧️💜#efsnwo #ElizabethFrySocietyNWO #TDOV #TransVisibility #ThunderBayStrong #CompassionInAction #2SLGBTQIA+ #MMIWG2S+ #HarmReduction #ILoveSomeoneWhoUsesDrugs #CommunityStrongerTogether #WomenLead #ThunderBayOntario #NorthwesternOntario #RebelWithACause #WomenAndGenderEquality #WomenAndGenderDiversePeople ... See MoreSee Less
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*CLOSED FOR THE LONG WEEKEND*Please be advised that we will be closed today, Friday, March 29, 2024 and Monday, April 01, 2024 for the long weekend. We will re-open with regular business hours on Tuesday, April 02, 2024 from 9am-4pm.Thank you, miigwetch, and merci,#efsnwo #elizabethfrysocietynwo #WomenLead #thunderbayontario #NorthWesternOntario ... See MoreSee Less
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