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About Us

The Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women (W5) is a non-profit organization formed in 1981 by a group of women in the city of Windsor.

These women realized that new Canadians have needs that are not catered to by the existing service centre in Windsor. They brought this fact to the attention of the Government of Canada and through a grant application that presented the results of a 1981 feasibility study. This feasibility study was conducted with the objective of determining the needs of new Canadians in Windsor.

In 1982, another grant was obtained for the purpose of holding a conference to discuss the Immigrant needs and follow-up on the results generated by the feasibility study. This 1982 conference had participants from all over Canada. Out of the conference came the recommendation that there was a need for an information centre to deal with the problems encountered by immigrant people, foreign students and foreign workers in Canada.

In July 1983, an Immigrant Women’s Information Centre was opened, with funding from a CCDP grant of the Canada Employment Centre. Over the years, the Centre has continued to extend its outreach and programs. Today, W5 offers a multitude of programming for women, men, youth, and seniors in a variety of languages. As a non-profit, charitable organization, we strive to achieve excellence in our service delivery to immigrant and refugee women and their families to become full and participating members of Canadian Society. Our programs are designed to address and meet the needs within the community as they serve to help our clients achieve their goals.

Our Vision

To be the provider of choice for newcomer women and their families by providing holistic women-centred services that are at the leading edge of
creativity, innovation, and technology, supported by a strong board and expert, professional staff.

Our Mission

To provide women-centred support to newcomer women and their families to become full participating members of Canadian society where they are empowered to determine the direction of their lives and advocate for themselves, their families and their community with dignity and pride.

Our Objectives

  • To provide welcoming and supportive space for newcomers and first generation Canadians.
  • To support the settlement and advancement of newcomers and first generation Canadians.
  • To identify and eliminate systemic barriers faced by immigrants and refugees.
  • To provide culturally sensitive settlement services focusing on the needs of newcomers and first generation Canadians.

Our Strategic Plan for 2023-2028

We are excited to share our 2023-2028 strategic plan. To view it, please click Strategic Plan.

Support Us

The Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women is a registered charity. Our charitable registration number is 130560493. Our legal name is The Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women. All monetary donations to The Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women will be eligible for a receipt for income tax purposes. Receipts will be sent upon request via mail to the address provided at the time the donation is made.

Donations can be made through cheque, cash or by filling out the online donation form.

Donate today, and your contribution will be used to directly support and strengthen W5’s programs and services.

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