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May is Sexual Assault Prevention Month

Ontario recognizes the month of May as a time to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sexual violence and promote ways to stop it.

Sexual violence crosses all social boundaries, affects women of every age and cultural background, and has devastating impacts on the lives of victims and their families as well as the well-being of society as a whole.

Did You Know...

  • One in three Canadian women will experience sexual assault in their adult lives.
  • In 75% of sexual assaults, the woman knew her attacker.

Are You in Danger?
Call 911 or your local police immediately.

Are You in Crisis?
Call the Assaulted Women's Helpline
(Toll Free)
1-866-863-7868 (TTY)
416-863-0511 (Toronto)

(sans frais)
1-866-860-7082 (ATS)

If You Need Help
Services for Women

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Ontario Securities Commission recommendations

Women on Boards

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) asks for public comment on its recommendations designed to increase the number of women in high-ranking positions.

Public consultations are now closed.

Refundable Tax Credit Calculator based on the 2013 Tax Return

Major Initiatives

OWD 30th Anniversary

OWD 30th Anniversary

October is Women’s History Month, and 2013 marks the Ontario Women’s Directorate 30th anniversary! Join us in celebrating, remembering and looking forward.

OWD has played an important role in effecting and influencing change for women in Ontario. See an interactive timeline highlighting our shared past.

Learn more about Women’s History Month and the contributions of women to Ontario’s rich history.

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