Why We Exist

EFry was created on the belief that every person has the potential to become a contributing member of society. Our goal is to support criminalized and marginalized women, girls and children in achieving that potential.

EFry is the only organization of our kind focused on delivering gender-specific support. The reasons for this are simple. Primarily convicted of non-violent transgressions, women do not have the critical mass necessary in Canada's prisons to financially merit equal access to the counselling, educational opportunities or transitional housing options available to men.

Gender plays a key role in women's personal circumstances. Two-thirds of female inmates are parents and the vast majority are their children's sole caregivers. Many struggle with addiction and mental illness. Virtually all live below the poverty line. Some are homeless.

With the right support, we know females from difficult circumstances can transform their lives – and those of their families – for the better. For more than 70 years, EFry's gender-sensitive programs and services have helped restore hope and independence, repair families and strengthen communities.