The Social Enterprise Council of Canada (SECC) defines a social enterprise as a business owned by a nonprofit organization that is directly involved in the selling of goods and services for the blended purpose of generating income and achieving social, cultural, and/or environmental aims. Social enterprises are a tool for non-profits to use to meet their mission to contribute to healthy communities.

YWCA Banff Hotel is proud to be a social enterprise, which means that by booking a stay with us, guests are reinvesting their vacation dollars into programs and services that benefit vulnerable members of the Bow Valley community. Revenues from the YWCA Banff Hotel are reinvested into supporting violence prevention and response programs, our affordable residence program, and into paying wages for staff. Our social enterprise model allows us more flexibility and independence to provide a continuum of accessible services and programs that empower our community.

Do you have friends or family visiting Banff and looking for an affordable place to stay? By recommending the YWCA Banff Hotel, you will be supporting our organization and it’s mission to shape a safe, inclusive community that empowers women and girls.

In pursuit of our mission, YWCA Banff focuses on the following priorities:

  • Providing a continuum of services and programs that activate our community to end gender-based violence.
  • Establishing a spectrum of sustainable housing solutions with a focus on women.
  • Advancing the rights of women and girls through leadership development, community awareness, training and advocacy.
  • Building a sustainable organization respected for exceptional people and employment practices including: financial stability, ongoing social and community investment, and wisest operational practices.
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