The YWCA opened its doors in 1897 to provide housing and services to women coming to Vancouver in search of education or employment.
After more than a century of experience helping women and families realize their full potential, the YWCA is now one of Metro Vancouver’s largest non-profit organizations. And while we continuously evolve to meet the changing needs of our community, we remain committed to our overarching vision: to achieve women’s equality.
Our roots in Vancouver
From the early days, the YWCA offered accommodation, employment and travellers' aid to young women who were new to the city. In 1904, the YWCA acquired property at Dunsmuir and Burrard, which served as its home base until the mid-'90s. With the acquisition of a larger facility, the YWCA was able to expand its services to meet new needs.
In 2011, YWCA Vancouver changed its name to YWCA Metro Vancouver to reflect our commitment to serving women and families throughout the metropolitan region spanning Burnaby, Surrey, the Tri-cities, Maple Ridge, Langley/Aldergrove, Abbotsford, New Westminster, Richmond and North Vancouver.
Meeting the needs of a changing community
With each passing decade, we continued to support the underserved – mainly women and children – with innovative programs and advocacy to address the root causes of inequality. From single mothers and jobseekers, to families of every kind, the YWCA continues to provide vital programs and services to meet the changing needs of our communities.
The next 125 years
In 2022, YWCA Metro Vancouver will celebrate 125 years of changing lives. We opened our doors in 1897 to provide housing and services to women in search of education and employment. Help us continue to build brighter futures for our community and learn more about The Next 125 campaign.