First Family Shelter for Fathers and Children to Open in Toronto this April 2021

Your support made possible this historic day.

Click here to Register for Access to the Family Shelter
Alternatively, call 647-479-9611 and use extension 5.

Thanks to you, we’ve purchased, painted, furnished and equipped a beautiful new home dedicated to men and children who are escaping family violence.
We’ll be ready for residents starting this April 2021.

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Learn the Background on this exciting project

Family Shelter for Men and Children – Executive Summary

Family Shelter for Men and Children – Full Research Backgrounder

Meet the Family Shelter Advisory Board
Click here for the profiles of our amazing support team

Make a charitable donation to fund essential safety enhancements so we can open as soon as possible. All donations matched.

We offer a safe, spacious, temporary living opportunity for single men as well as fathers with children. This unique facility is dedicated to men and families who have experienced any form of domestic abuse.

In addition to residential support, we provide a variety of services:

    Emergency case management
    Emergency trauma counselling
    Male survivors of domestic abuse support group
    Food, clothing and additional in-house resources
    Legal Clinic for family and criminal law matters
    Fathering After Separation or Divorce
    Drop-in peer support group
    Assisting with housing applications
    Outreach and advocacy on behalf of men and their children
    Referrals to additional external services

Let me introduce you to our new home.














This impressive house is perfectly suited to serve as an emergency family residence. It features four floors with six bedrooms, two kitchens, 9 washrooms and a private basement entrance. With over 3000 square feet, we have significant space for a wide variety of programs and services. The location by York University is an added bonus.

The facility has been laid out as follows

  • 6 bedrooms, able to accommodate up to 12 individuals – 2 single men, 2 families consisting of 1 man and 1 child and 2 families consisting of 1 man with multiple children.
  • 2 fully functional kitchens, one on the main floor and one in the basement
  • 1 large meeting room, library and common area
  • 2 family common rooms, one built for younger preschool aged children and the other for families with older children
  • 2 counselling rooms for one-on-one therapy or small family or group meetings
  • 2 administrative offices for staff and volunteers

Watch a Video Tour of the Facility filmed for the agency’s Board of Directors

Entrance and Greeting Area

Reception Room

Meeting Room and Library






Family Common Rooms

Counselling Rooms

Administrativer Offices

Here are some ways to support this project. For any of these, please contact

Equipment and Furniture
We require beds, couches, desks, tables, chairs, kitchen items, and other furnishings and equipment.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with facility management and client intake. Please contact us to get involved.

We have some exciting times ahead. And we’re thrilled to have you with us on this remarkable journey!


Justin Trottier
Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Men and Families
CEO, Canadian Association for Equality

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