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YWCA Elm Centre
YWCA Elm Centre YWCA Elm Centre YWCA Elm Centre YWCA Elm Centre YWCA Elm Centre YWCA Elm Centre

LEED Silver

YWCA Elm Centre

Toronto, Ontario


YWCA of Toronto/Wigwamen Incorporated
The Jean Tweed Centre


Regional Architects
Hilditch Architect

Project Completion Date

November, 2011

Type of Contract

Lump Sum

Project Value



Located on a block bordered by Edward, Elm, Chestnut and Elizabeth streets, the complex included a main 17-storey tower on Elm Street in addition to 10-storey and five-storey towers.  The 1848 heritage façade of an existing building on the site was preserved.

The development included apartments for single women and women-led families, women coping with mental health issues and people of Aboriginal descent.  Support services are provided to help residents turn their lives around.

Fifteen per cent of all apartments was designated for women over 50.

The complex has been designed in accordance with the city’s sustainable development guidelines, LEED Silver standards was matched.

The project incorporated a number of green features including installation of a geo-thermal well field, radiant in-slab heating and cooling, green roofs and a rooftop garden as well as a tri-sorter garbage disposal system.