We would like to acknowledge that we work and live on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people of Fort William First Nation, as well as the Metis Nation. I recognize that we are all treaty people  under the Robinson-Superior treaty of 1850 and that we need more than a land acknowledgement to support these communities.
We stand with Indigenous led organizations and Indigenous communities in calling for the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, particularly recommendation 30 which addresses the over-incarceration of Indigenous people. 
The population of Indigenous people in prisons designated for women has doubled in the last decade. Urgent action is needed now. In solidarity – Elizabeth Fry Societies across Canada. 

Who We Are

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 non-profit 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.

Annual Fundraising Goal | 2024

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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

Today, on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, we stand firm in our commitment to inclusivity and support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We recognize the challenges faced by queer individuals, especially concerning housing insecurity. That's why we're dedicated to bridging service gaps and enhancing the quality and supply of affordable transitional housing in Thunder Bay for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.Everyone deserves access to safe and welcoming spaces where they can thrive. Today, and every day, we reaffirm our commitment to helping create a future where everyone feels accepted and supported. Together, let's continue to work towards a world where love and respect prevail over hate and prejudice. #idahotb2024 #saferspaces #InclusiveCommunities #loveislove #efsnwo #elizabethfrysocietynwo #compassioninaction #2SLGBTQIA+ #CommunityStrongerTogether #WomenLead #womenandgenderequality #transvisibility 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈 ... See MoreSee Less
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This year, we're fundraising for our transitional housing program, supporting local women and gender-diverse people in need of housing stability. Joining forces with the United Way of Thunder Bay and various community partners, we're excited to participate in the 2024 Great Lighthouse Rescue initiative. Help us in our mission to Save the Salty SeaFries by contributing through this easy to use link: www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-united-way-of-thunder-bay/p2p/lighthouse-rescue-2024/team/el... ... See MoreSee Less
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