Women's shelters in Quebec left scrambling over lack of funding, study finds

08 Juin 2017

Women's shelters across Quebec are grappling with a lack of funding and forced to turn away clients — making it especially difficult for organizations that serve Indigenous and immigrant populations, according to a new study.

"We were almost always full and we had to turn away over 120 women last year because we didn't have the beds to be able to help them," said Sarah Rosenhek, the executive director for Auberge Shalom, a shelter in Montreal. "It's obviously very challenging."

The report from the Iris Institute released Thursday says that the majority of shelters operate at about 94 per cent capacity.