Shelter Initiative for Inuit women and children

Inuit women, children and gender – diverse people face unique challenges and barriers to housing. For those who experience gender-based violence, a shelter is often a first step to rebuilding their lives and protecting them from further violence.

The Shelter Initiative is led by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). CMHC will provide forgivable loans for up to 100% of total eligible costs for the construction/rehabilitation of new shelters. ISC will also provide funding to support operational costs on an ongoing basis.

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has long been calling on the federal government to urgently provide shelters for Inuit women.  In 2020 Pauktuutit asked for a $20 million commitment towards the building of shelters and second‐stage transitional housing in Inuit Nunagat and in Ottawa for Inuit women and children escaping violence at our 2020 Annual General Meeting. In January 2021, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, committed to fund the construction and operation of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres. Funding for the new Inuit specific shelters is part of the comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy as announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement. The strategy will also support new shelters and transitional (second-stage) housing for First Nations, Inuit and Métis across the country, including in the North and in urban areas.

Funding opportunities from CMHC

The Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative is now open. For information and to apply for transitional housing funding, please follow this link.

Operating Shelters and Support



Inuvik Transition House Society

Crisis Line 1-867-777-3877
Tanya Dillon, Executive Director


Aimayunga Women and Emergency Foster Care Shelter
Crisis Line 1-867-977-2000
Sandra Elias, Executive Director


Cambridge Bay

Operational Arnat Qimavik – Cambridge Bay Wellness Centre Crisis Shelter
Box 81 Cambridge Bay NU X0E 0C0

Anne Isnor (Family Violence Contact) (867) 983-5232
Troy Clarke 867 983 4169


Operational Tammaaquik Women’s Centre – Family Violence centre
P.O. Box 205 Hamlet Office, Kugaaruk, NU X0B 1K0

Catherine Nipatuyuk 867-769-6100


Kugluktuk Women’s Crisis Centre

Beverly Bort (867) 982-3210


Baker Lake

Innutit Women’s Group Ikajuqtauvvik Crisis Centre

General Delivery Taloyoak NU X0E 1B0
Tel.: (867) 561-5902

Rankin Inlet

Kataujaq Society Shelter
P.O. Box 344 Rankin Inlet X0C 0G0
ED/Shelter Manager, Joyce Kent (867) 645-2214
Emerg/After Hrs (867) 645-6432



Nain Safe House
Women’s Shelter
709-922-1230 Nicole Dicker (Executive Director)


Kirkina House
Women’s Shelter
Desiree Wolfrey (Executive Director) 709-947-3583



Ajapirvik Women’s Shelter
Women’s Shelters and Transition Homes
Mary Atagotaaluk (Director) 819-819 254 1414


Qarmaapik House: A multi-use and safe place for families in Kangiqsualujjuaq
Safe House

Pilot Project
Maggie Emudluk, and Hilda Snowball Board Members – No contact information for location.


Tungasuvvik Women’s Shelter
Women’s Shelters and Transition Homes
(819) 964-0536 Sarah Tagoona Executive Director
(819) 964-2423


Initsiaq Women’s Shelter
Women’s Shelters and Transition Homes
Brenda Crane Martin (Director)
819-255 8045 or 819-255-8817


Cape Dorset

Tukkuvik Women’s Shelter

Box 69 Cape Dorset NU X0A 0C0
Tel.: (867) 897-8683
Crisis Line: (867) 979-4500


Qimaavik Women’s shelter
P.O Box 237 Iqaluit X0A 0H0
Tel.: (867) 979-4566


Tullivik Group

Box 204 Pangnirtung NU X0A 0R0
Tel.: (867) 473-8944

The successful implementation of the creation of shelters for Inuit women will respond to the National Action Plan, safety being paramount in the 231 Calls for Justice.

Contact a Housing Solutions Specialist in your region.

Contact Anna Kirbyson
604 737 4087


Contact Bright Lubansa
867 988 3159

Contact François Sauvageau
514 283 5110
or Karine Prevost
514 437 3696

Contact Karine Prevost
514 437 3696

If you have any questions about this application, please write to Kerenza Plohman at, who can provide you with more information to help you complete the application. You can also send your questions to the CMHC mailbox at

Do you need funds to help prepare your application? Seed Funding is available. Click here for details.

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