In April 2015, the Canadian network for Women's Shelters and Transition Homes released their report, "Shelter Voices." It documented one day in the life of Canada's women's shelters and transition houses. This report is a wake-up call for all Canadians.
Founded by grassroots women's organizations, women's shelters, also known as transition houses, began proliferating across Canada in the early 1970s. Transition House in Vancouver and Ishtar in Langley, B.C.; Oasis House in Alberta; Interval House in Saskatoon; and Interval House in Toronto were the first to open their doors to women and children in 1973.