The Hotel Y Montreal vocation is to offer much more than a comfortable and safe accommodation for tourists. As a promoter of impact tourism, it reinvests all its profits in the YWCA Montreal mission and contributes to the professional and social integration of women. Thanks to its commitment, nearly 300 participants benefit from employability programs every year. In addition, hundreds of families have access to community services and events.
Integrate a community and achieve financial stability are challenges many women can experience. More specifically, they often face great challenges to make friends, take care of themselves and reconcile work and family. Among those who are already in the labour market, we count 45% living in a precarious economic situation with an annual income of less than $ 20,000. The female’s revenues are also highly unequal compared to men’s as they receive an average of 75.3% of their income. In the city, employment rates for women are also lower than the average for the whole province. Ultimately, this is a sad reality that affects even more the immigrant women, for whom gender inequalities are to a greater extent bigger.
In order to provide concrete solutions to these issues, the YWCA has been working for years to reduce gender and social inequalities and exclusion with the financial support of Hotel Y Montreal.
Learn more about the employability programs and community services that contribute to build a better future for women and girls of Montreal.
Finding the Path to Employment
Through the Women’s Work Integration Program, participants join a 19-week training to improve their skills and self-esteem in order to consolidate their skills to return to the workforce. This project includes language and computer courses as well as an internship. During their journey, women also participate in group workshops and individual meetings to explore their professional opportunities. Moreover, this program is also an opportunity for women to make new contacts through visits to schools and organizations, mentoring and inspiring conferences.
Between 2016 and 2017, the program supported 49 mothers, mostly single parents (70%) and immigrants. However, this year it has expanded its reach to include women without children too.
Orientation and Service for Employment (OSE) program offers to women who are looking for career advice or a good job a range of services adapted to their situation. Whether through individual orientation meetings or job search workshops, counselors are attentive to needs and provide effective support to help women get a job or build a career plan. Each year, more than 200 participants benefit from the expertise of employment and guidance counselors.
A Certified and Paid Program
At Fringues thrift boutique, women from the community can find good quality fashion items at an excellent price. The store is also the heart of the most popular YWCA employability program: Fringues & Cie. This project has been designed for women who want to gain experience in sales and customer service and who have difficulty integrating the job market. For six months, participants have the opportunity to follow a paid training and to do a professional internship in the Fringues shop. Each year, the program confers more than twenty women a certificate of competence issued by the Center for Educational and Pedagogical Resources (CREP) of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM).
Integrate With the Community
Besides helping women build their careers, the Hotel Y Montreal supports multiple YWCA community programs. The purpose of these services is to improve the well-being of women of all ages and their families.
In the past year, 58% of participants who received community services were from immigration. To break the isolation of these women and assist them in their social integration, the activities program are an excellent resource. Indeed, the YWCA Montreal provides a safe environment to share, practice physical exercise and arts. In addition, a drop-in daycare and many activities for children are offered to families.
The YWCA also offers resources and legal information through the Legal Information Clinic. These individual and confidential consultations with volunteer lawyers and notaries provide community members with the opportunity to learn about their rights by giving them access to confidential and relevant legal information at very low cost. Other than this, the Volunteer Center invites all citizens to put their skills to the service of the community, while accumulating professional experience.
Hotel Y Montreal in Numbers
Between 2016 and 2017, more than 14,000 people, both women and men, stayed in the Hotel Y Montreal and the Auberge YWCA 62 rooms. These clients have helped to generate more than $ 420,000 in net revenues. Their choice was essential to support the YWCA Montreal mission to build a better future for women, girls and their families.
 Conseil du statut de la femme, Portrait statistique. Égalité hommes-femmes. Montréal, by Lorraine Rochon, 2015. p. 50.