Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

09 February 2018
RLP Meadowtowne

Because we firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have our own charitable foundation. 

Through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters, violence prevention and education programs, we are proud to make a difference in communities across Canada. Since its inception in 1998, we have raised over $27 million to help more than 50,000 women and children who seek shelter each year. 

Our agents donate a portion of their commissions and Royal LePage offices across Canada hold local fundraising events. Our brokers, agents and staff also volunteer and provide in-kind goods to benefit the women and children residing in their local shelters.

And, because Royal LePage underwrites all of the administrative costs, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to helping this cause. 

Research tells us the following:

  • Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group
  • Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 161
  • Every year in Canada, an estimated 360,000 children witness family violence2
  • On any given day in Canada, 3000 women (and their 2500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape family violence3
  • On average, every six days in Canada a woman is murdered by her intimate partner. In 2009, 67 women were killed by a current or former partner4
  • Physical and sexual abuse costs Canadians over $4 billion each year (taking into account social services, criminal justice, lost wages and productivity, and healthcare)5

By supporting women’s shelters, we are ensuring that women and children have a safe place to go to escape domestic violence. With our national partners, we fund healthy relationship programs for youth and support programs that help women and children heal from their experiences of abuse and rebuild their lives.

In addition to addressing the immediate needs women and children have for safety and support, we also take a long-term view to stopping the cycle of violence. We are a founding partner of the Fourth R, a curriculum-based education program that has been delivered in 5,500 schools across North America, and we continue to help youth develop healthy relationships through annual funding of educational programs.  With the help of our national partner, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, we support grassroots programs in every province that help women rebuild their lives after violence, that help children heal and prevent them from becoming victims or abusers themselves, and that help teenagers recognize and avoid abusive relationships. As a founding national partner of the online resource sheltersafe.ca, we are making it possible for women seeking safety to identify a shelter in a specific geographic area along with its 24 hour emergency phone line. This ensures that women and children get the help they need as quickly as possible.

Royal LePage real estate agents help Canadians find their dream home. For those who do not have a safe and peaceful home, Royal LePage is also there, helping families in the neighbourhoods where we live and work.

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