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OAITH Releases New 5 Year Strategic Plan

OAITH is pleased to introduce our five-year strategic plan to our members, ally organizations, partners and supporters who have worked alongside us.

With all levels of government invested in addressing gender-based violence (GBV) through the implementation of a National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence, we stand united to improve outcomes for survivors.  OAITH is rooted in our commitment to working with our members and ally organizations as you deliver a broad range of services to survivors, their families and your broader community.

OAITH submits recommendations to the Ministry of Finance

OAITH has submitted our recommendations to the Ministry of Finance and presented them to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs for Provincial Budget 2024.

To learn more about our recommendations:
Submission to Ministry of Finance
Deputation to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs

OAITH Submits Policy Brief to Justice Canada on Coercive Control

On October 13th, OAITH submitted a policy brief to Justice Canada focused on exploring alternatives to the criminalization of coersive control.  Read the full text here.

OAITH Lays out Key Priorities Needed for the 2023 Provincial Budget

OAITH has made a submission to the Ministry of Finance and the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs focusing on 10 key priorities to improve survivor safety and the quality support they deserve through a 60 Million Dollar investment. OAITH will be sure to measure how Budget 2023 is responsive to our recommendations and the value placed on creating safety and justice for survivors of gender-based violence and those working to end gender-based violence in Ontario.

New AR/AO Framework and Curriculum Now Available!

OAITH is pleased to announce a new course is now available within the OAITH Training Hub! 

Developed in collaboration with Nicole Bernhardt and Annelies Cooper of NSB Consulting, "Taking Action in Our Spheres of Influence: Intersectional Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Gender-Based Violence" will assist learners in: 

  • building an anti-racism and anti-oppression approach within their own spheres of influence;
  • recognizing positionality and developing personal accountability strategies; 
  • creating racially equitable environments and discussing racial microaggressions; 
  • establishing institutional policies and practices that…

OAITH Highlights Impacts of U.S. Supreme Court Decision

June 24th, 2022 will go down in history as a dark day for women everywhere.
Today’s landmark decision will have catastrophic effects on the lives and rights of women across and beyond the United States, in particular, survivors of gender-based violence. We stand with those hearing the news of the U.S Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade in shock, horror, and in deep disappointment. It is unthinkable that after fifty years of women having the right to make decisions about their own bodies, the Constitution no…

OAITH Deputation: Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs

On January 26th, 2022, Executive Director Marlene Ham presented to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs. 

The full transcript of this presentation can be accessed here.


New Report Available- Provincial Budget 2021 2022

In the past year, OAITH has provided three pre-budget submissions that have contained a number of recommendations created in consultation with OAITH’s member organizations. These recommendations highlight a number of long-standing gaps and limitations in funding and systemic barriers that need to be addressed to support VAW shelters and ensure shelters can remain open and accessible to women who are escaping violence and require support and services. Our recommendations highlight a number of issues and challenges that were either created or exacerbated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A new report is now available here,…

Now Available- 2019-2020 Femicide Report

Femicide Report 2019-2020

In addition to the 2019-2020 Annual Femicide List and Media Analysis, OAITH has also recently released the 2019-2020 Femicide Report. This report provides a more detailed and in-depth examination of femicide in Ontario, highlighting a number of factors, trends and areas requiring further research and study. OAITH’s femicide work is done in hopes of broadening public awareness and understanding of gender-based violence and ultimately bringing an end to femicide.

OAITH 2021-2022 Provincial Budget Submission

OAITH Calls on Ontario Government to Move From Funding Enhancement to Funding Stabilization