Who We Are
PIRS is more than just an immigrant and refugee services agency. We are a supportive community dedicated to empowering women to rise out of isolation and integrate into life in Canada. Our services are low-barrier, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed.
We envision a society that honours the strengths of diverse women and empowers their contributions, and work with compassion, empathy, accountability and courage to achieve it.
We use an intersectional, integrated and trauma-informed approach to supporting newcomer women by addressing their identified needs and working with them to learn and address their unexpressed needs.
As we support newcomers in building a life in Canada, we are committed to working in solidarity and collaboration with Indigenous communities and to learning from their wisdom and knowledge.
Our low-barrier trauma-informed programs and services support over 1000 immigrant and refugee women and children each year.
We are proud to have served our community for almost 50 years and are thankful for the women who put their trust in us, and the community members who make our ongoing work possible.
We are grateful for the recognition we received over the years, that is a testament to the tireless work and dedication of PIRS staff, volunteers, Board Members and all our supporters.
We support immigrant and refugee women and their young children with any immigration status and English proficiency level.
Our Board of Directors is a dynamic group of powerful and caring women responsible for making high-level leadership decisions in the best interest of the Society.
Our caring, resourceful and dedicated team is here to support you to build a vibrant and fulfilling life in Canada.
We are grateful to our partners for facilitating our work, welcoming our participants, and creating networks and community connections for newcomer women.
The support of our funders is vital to the success of the immigrant and refugee women and children who access our services.
Reports & Financials
“Coming to Canada was the dream for me but when I arrived, I didn’t know that it would be this difficult. With three kids, it was impossible. But after I met one of the Outreach Workers at PIRS, this was a turning point in my life.”
— Past program participant