Member Groups

The Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform is made up of 24 member groups, from 15 cities across Canada. 

Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTT(e)Q)

Montreal

aims to promote the health and well-being of trans people through peer support and advocacy, education and outreach, and community empowerment and mobilization. We understand the health of trans people and our communities to be interrelated to economic and social inequalities, which have resulted in trans people experiencing disproportionate rates of poverty, un(der)employment, precarious housing, criminalization and violence. We believe in the right to self-determine our gender identity and gender expression free from coercion, violence and discrimination. We advocate for access to health care that will meet the many needs of our diverse communities, while working collectively to build supportive, healthy and resilient communities.

Angel's Angels

Hamilton

is a sex worker advocacy group consisting of male, female and Indigenous sex trade workers and our supporters. We believe that sex trade workers’ rights should be respected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We work towards an end to all prejudice and stigma against sex trade workers, to assist workers with resources, and, safety plans for our work.

BC Coalition for Experiential Communities (BCCEC)

Vancouver

The British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Communities (BCCEC) is a consortium of sex worker activists who work to eliminate the oppressive systems and forces that create harm for individuals in the sex industry. We support diverse perspectives and experiences in the sex industry however we do not support enforcement or rehabilitation models that promote the continued criminalization of sex workers or perpetuate sex worker dependency on social programs.

Butterfly

Vancouver

is composed of migrants, sex workers, and allies including social workers, legal professionals, and health professionals. Butterfly provides support to Asian and migrant sex workers as well as advocating for their rights and self-determination. The organization is founded upon the belief that sex workers are entitled to safety, dignity and justice. Butterfly supports all Asian and migrant sex workers, regardless of their immigration status, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We believe that Asian and migrant sex workers should receive the same respect and rights as other workers. We provide 24/7 hotline, outreaching, trainings, legal and medical supports.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Canada

envisions a world in which the human rights and dignity of people living with HIV or AIDS and those affected by the disease are fully realized and in which laws and policies facilitate HIV prevention, care, treatment and support. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with, at risk of or affected by HIV or AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, litigation and other advocacy, public education and community mobilization.

Émissaire

Longueuil, QC

est un organisme d’éducation et de promotion en matière de santé sexuelle. Nous agissons en répondant aux besoins de différentes populations via des programmes d’éducation à la sexualité. Nous mobilisons les acteurs-clés à s’unir et à prioriser des actions et des interventions dans le domaine de la santé sexuelle.

FIRST: Decriminalize Sex Work Now!

Vancouver

is a feminist advocacy group for sex worker rights and the full decriminalization of sex work in Canada. FIRST is a national group based in Vancouver.

Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Toronto

is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that in order to improve our circumstances, sex workers must control our own lives and destinies. We welcome workers of all genders from all areas of the sex trade — street-based sex workers, exotic dancers, escorts, pornography actors, phone sex operators, professional dominants and submissives, erotic massage workers, web cam workers, and others — to join us in our fight to control our own bodies, sexuality and working lives. Maggie’s mission is to provide education, advocacy, and support to assist sex workers to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that to improve our lives, sex workers must take the power to control our own destinies. That is why Maggie’s exists first and foremost as an organization for sex workers, which is controlled by sex workers.

Migrant Sex Workers Project (MSWP)

Toronto

is a grassroots group of migrants, sex workers, and allies who demand safety and dignity for all sex workers regardless of immigration status. We are creating tools that migrant sex workers use to protect themselves against human rights violations, educating the public about the dangers of anti-trafficking and advocating to change policies that hurt and exploit migrants in the sex trade.

PEERS Victoria

Victoria

is a multi-service grassroots agency that was established by, with, and for sex workers in 1995. Through direct service delivery and community partnerships, Peers provides an array of outreach and drop in harm reduction and support services alongside education and employment training for current and former sex workers, in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.

Projet L.U.N.E. (Libres, Unies, Nuancées, Ensemble)

Quebec

est un groupe d’appartenance, de reconnaissance et de défense des droits sociaux « par et pour » des travailleuses du sexe (TDS), actives ou non, qui agissent à titre de paires-aidantes. Leurs savoir-faire et leurs expertises sont mis en commun et de l’avant de multiples façons (prises de parole dans l’espace public, sensibilisation, dénonciation des injustices, etc.). Toute femme est la bienvenue, peu importe son histoire, son milieu ou son expérience.

Prostitutes Involved Empowered Cogent Edmonton (PIECE)

Edmonton

is a peer-led group that has been in operation for three years. PIECE offers counsel to indoor and outdoor sex workers, connecting people with organizations that can assist with various situations. As a pro-decriminalization advocacy group, PIECE focuses on municipal and federal laws, speaking to groups and media and politicians when opportunities arise.

Providing Alternatives, Counselling and Education (PACE) Society

Vancouver

is located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC, Canada. We offer low-barrier programming and support in order to serve Vancouver’s most marginalized populations; people who often fall through the cracks due to ineligibility for services that require a fixed address or drug and alcohol abstinence can access our services. In this respect, PACE is on the frontline of support for those in Vancouver who need it most.

Rézo, projet travailleurs du sexe

Montreal

est un organisme communautaire montréalais, actif depuis 1991, qui propose aux hommes gais, bisexuels ou ayant des relations sexuelles avec d’autres hommes divers programmes gratuits de prévention VIH/ITSS et de promotion de la santé et du mieux-être dans une optique de santé globale visant à inclure les multiples aspects concernant la santé sexuelle, physique, psychologique et sociale.

Safe Harbour Outreach Project (S.H.O.P.)

St John's

exists to advocate for the human rights of sex workers in and around St. John's, Newfoundland. We serve women for whom sex work is an occupation; we also serve women who are in the industry not by choice, who are wishing to exit. We support everyone who identifies as a current or former sex worker, regardless of industry sector area. We firmly believe that sex workers are the experts of their own lives, and everything we do is rooted in that philosophy.

Sex Professionals Of Canada

Canada

Sex Professionals of Canada (SPOC) is an entirely volunteer sex worker run activist organization that engages in advocacy and education. We fight for the decriminalization of all forms of sex work in Canada and seek labour rights and occupational health and safety standards defined by sex workers themselves.

Sex Workers Advisory Network of Sudbury (SWANS)

Sudbury

was formed in 2012 by a group of women with sex work experience from various social, economic and work locations. We are driven by the belief that sex work is work, and all people involved in sex work are valuable, contributing members of our communities. We believe that women must be afforded their human rights to safety both at work and at home, and we know that sex workers are the experts when it comes to working with non-sex working service providers who understand the importance of service accessibility for sex workers. We advocate for women assessing their own needs, harm reduction, recovery, sexual health and holistic wellness. We fully stand behind decriminalization and understand decriminalization to be the only way that trafficking, commercialized exploitation, HIV and violence against sex workers will ever really be challenged and put down for good.

Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition (SWWAC)

Winnipeg

The goal of SWWAC is to make things safer for sex workers. Our mission is to promote the human and labour rights of sex workers. Our membership includes sex workers, activists, researchers, health care people, and other allies from Winnipeg. Our vision is to see sex work decriminalized and destigmatized, for everyone to have autonomy over the work they do and their working conditions, and that our group be a space where people learn, grow, and share. We are a cat-loving, awesome bunch who first came together to fight against Bill C-36 in 2014. From 2014 to early-2017 we were known as the Winnipeg Working Group for Sex Workers’ Rights.

Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV)

Vancouver

Shift

Calgary

Shift provides support, outreach, education and advocacy services using a harm reduction and human rights based approach, for adults of all genders, currently or formerly working in the sex industry, or who identify as victims of human trafficking or exploitation. The program also serves the greater Calgary community as a resource for vulnerable and at risk populations, as well as social and health care service providers, law enforcement, researchers, advocacy groups, the media, and the general public.

Stella, l’amie de Maimie

Montreal

is an organization founded in 1995, run by and for female-identified sex workers in Montreal, Canada. We outreach to trans and female-identified sex workers on the street, in massage parlours, agencies, indoor locations and host an anonymous medical clinic in our locale. Stella promotes empowerment approaches and solidarity by and amongst sex workers as we are committed to ensuring that each of us has a place in society and our human rights should be protected and respected. We provide support, resources and referrals to sex workers so that we may live in safety and with dignity, to sensitize and educate the public about sex work and the realities faced by sex workers; to counter discrimination against sex workers; and to work towards the decriminalization of sex work.

Stop the Arrests!

Sault Ste. Marie

came to fruition due to extremely concerning events that took place in Sault Ste. Marie in 2012, where Sault Ste. Marie Police Service targeted street based 'prostitution' and nine females were arrested under the highly contested anti prostitution laws. The arrests became a full-out police supported, publicly fuelled and media backed witch-hunt. Today STA continues to exist as a loose community group that sex workers can organize under and continue to advocate for the rights of sex workers within the community of Sault Ste. Marie.

Strut!

Toronto

is a Toronto based sex worker organizing project. We aim to build power and relationships among those most impacted by the criminalization of sex worker’s lives and create more space for activism within Toronto’s sex worker communities. Our work and our framework centres Indigenous sovereignty, racial and migrant justice and seeks alternatives to the prison industrial complex. We want to create a world where all people, including people in the sex industry are free, strong, care for each other and get to make decisions about our own lives.

Supporting Women’s Alternatives Network (SWAN)

Vancouver

provides culturally appropriate and language specific support and advocacy for newcomer, migrant and immigrant women engaged in indoor sex work. SWAN advocates for sex workers’ rights and works to ensure that women engaged in sex work are able to work safely and without discrimination. SWAN celebrates migrant and immigrant women as integral to the sex workers’ rights movement.

West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals

Vancouver

reflects the diversity of the sex working community — it includes women, men and trans-individuals as well as those from different ‘classes’ and varying capacities and abilities. More specifically, sex workers engaged are multi-literate and culturally diverse. First Nations, Asian, Caucasian, Black workers and those of mixed race are currently invested. We work for the safety and respect of all sex industry workers regardless of their location within the industry; ensure the inclusion of diverse communities, perspectives, capacities and expertise from the sex industry; promote progressive thought, forward thinking and continual positive change for the empowerment and education of sex industry workers and the community at large; keep harm reduction frameworks at the forefront and work toward social justice and social change to increase quality of life in addition to human and labour rights for sex industry workers; and pool resources and work together as a community.