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.

Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.