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About us

Thank you

We extend our gratitude to all the individuals who have worked closely or from afar to turn this dream into a reality.

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The History of La Maison

2004: The Idea

The idea of a shelter for Francophone women victims of domestic violence in Toronto was prioritized during the Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes general assembly held in the fall of 2004. A group of dynamic and dedicated women then mobilized and also engaged the community in making this project a reality.

2006 to 2008: Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study

The French-speaking women’s community in Ontario had been advocating for the implementation of shelters for almost 20 years to better serve women facing domestic violence and criminal harassment in their language. In May 2006, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes took the initiative to commission a research study, funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, to document the needs of Francophone women in the Toronto area fleeing violence. This study confirmed the need and relevance of a shelter.


A feasibility study was conducted to create a model for the shelter and develop guidelines to ensure the building would best meet the needs. The goal was to secure funding and support from the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) for the establishment of a twenty-bed shelter in Toronto.

2009: Incorporation


2010: Announcement of Funding by MCSS, Charitable Status Obtained, Land Purchase


2011 : First Groundbreaking

February 2013: Opening of Services


March 2013: Welcoming the First Resident


Octobre 2013: Inauguration

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