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


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.