Drop-in Centre

The centre is a free program for women (inclusive of cis-, trans*, gender-diverse, and two-spirit individuals)  who experience a range of barriers to accessing support services.

The Centre is a resource for people who work in the sex trade and are experiencing a range of marginalizing circumstances such as poverty, homelessness, exploitation, and/or engaging in sex work as a way to survive.

The Centre offers:

  • Computers, fax, scan, copy, Wi-Fi and phones
  • Shower facilities (one large accessible client washroom)
  • Laundry (one washer, one dryer)
  • Full kitchen (microwave, coffee, fridge, sink, stove, dishwasher)
  • Food (snacks always available, larger meals depend on donations)
  • Harm reduction supplies (needles, pipes, cookers, condoms, etc.)
  • Naloxone (new or replacement kits and training)
  • Sitting area (rest, visit, sleep if you need to)
  • Basic necessities such as toiletries, feminine hygiene, clothing

The Centre also includes a one-to-one relationship with a Support Worker. A Support Worker can help you:

  • Get your ID
  • Apply for Income Assistance
  • Attend court and other appointments
  • Understand and complete housing applications
  • Find a doctor
  • Find mental health and addiction supports that work for you
  • Secure food
  • Make a safety plan

Your Support Worker will work with you to build an individual plan that is specific to you and the goals that you identify.

  • Housing is unfortunately extremely limited but we will work with you to address barriers to housing. We will continue to offer support and assistance as well as basic needs while helping you to secure safe, sustainable long term housing.
  • We understand the complex issues that contribute to using the sex trade as a means to survive.  The provides a safe and accepting environment to engage with supports and explore opportunities for positive change and well-being. Addressing circumstances that can involve abuse, violence, and poverty can be challenging, and we support women throughout their journey.
  • We meet our clients where they are. Women engaged in survival sex work can experience a wide range of barriers to healthy, pro-social living including, but not limited to; mental health, substance use, lack of safe and affordable housing, unaddressed trauma, and histories of or ongoing experiences of violence.  For women in the sex trade, violence from consumers, violence from dealers, violence from peers and violence from exploiters is frequently reported as a motivating factor to begin building new supports and pathways.

We provide dedicated support to promote safety and connection for people who experience barriers to access or who want to transition away from their involvement with substance use, and survival sex economies.

The Drop-In Centre is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm. Contact the Centre at 236-422-1488

The Drop-In Centre is open
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.
Contact the Centre at 236-422-1488

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Making an Impact


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