Phyllis Haslam Residential Program

The Residential Program provides women who are on parole from provincial or federal prisons with a place to call home.  For most women this is a critical period in which they not only transition to a life outside institutions, but also begin the process of reintegrating back into the community and adopting lifestyle changes that contribute to long-term life success.

Many women arrive at the residence after a series of conflicts with the law or terms of incarceration and face the challenges of poverty, compromised life skills, low education and lack of familial supports. Residence staff work alongside each resident to address her unique needs by assisting with the development of a life plan that incorporates education, employment, rebuilding family ties and the overall re-entry into community after spending months, sometimes years, in institutions.

No resident is seen as a case number or offender, but as an individual with a unique history, unique challenges and unique gifts. Elizabeth Fry Toronto’s Phyllis Haslam Residence is a place of safety, healing and hope.

How to Apply for the Residence

Any women in a federal or provincial prison can ask to speak with the Elizabeth Fry Toronto worker or call us toll free at 1.855.924.3708. Our intake worker will meet with you to discuss and assess your eligibility for the residence and release plan.


The target group of women served by the program includes any woman who: 

  • is on parole, probation or long-term supervision order
  • is referred from Correctional Services Canada or Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • wants to make changes in her life
  • can benefit from our approach to service, support, & structure
  • The satellite locations include a mother-child residence

For women on parole from a provincial institution, click here for options around the province.

Susan is a public speaker, educating people about the criminal justice system and legal rights. She exudes confidence and speaks with passion. It is hard to imagine that just a year ago, Susan was struggling with low self-esteem and was extremely shy. After a long history of incarceration, Susan was determined to change her life for the better. Susan joined the Peer Leadership program and developed public speaking skills, connected with positive role models and built her confidence. Susan is now a community educator, has re-connected with her family and is mentoring new members of the Peer Leadership program.