Discover the Superpower of Stories

Update from the Board Chair

Following our announcement in January advising that The Shoe Project would be ceasing its regular operations, here is an update as of May 15.

We are in talks with a much larger, national charity, that we hope will take over The Shoe Project and continue to run it in the same successful way as we have over the last twelve years. More details will be posted just as soon as they become available.

Since January we have held events in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Brampton, Windsor, and Toronto, all of which were successful. A workshop cycle, funded by a grant from the United Way KFL&A, for a performance in Kingston in September is well underway and this will be part of the Kingston Writers' Festival. A new cycle in Canmore is in the pipeline, with a grant from the Community Foundation in Banff.

Our story repository, at, has all the new stories and videos on it. With the paywall removed, all 350 stories and videos are now available at no charge. Check out this invaluable resource and continue to follow us on social media.


Nick Rundall

Read All Stories on The Shoe Project Stories Website!

The Shoe Project Turns 12 Years Old:

Our Journey Together

The Shoe Project holds writing workshops where Canadian writers exchange skills with newcomer women, enabling them to share their stories of arrival in and adaptation to Canada -- through a pair of shoes.


Our Program

Many newcomer women are professionals and leaders in their original countries but need to work on their writing and speaking skills in English to attain similar roles in Canada.


Our Shoes, Our Stories

Every woman has a special pair of shoes in her life. For those who embark on the long journey to a new life in a new country, her choice of shoes is not only vital -- it is also a powerful metaphor for that journey.

Get a front row seat at a performance and listen to our stories.

Maggie Duan, The sneakers that brought me down to earth

Let’s share more stories. Together.

The Shoe Project was launched in Toronto in 2011. Since then, we have added chapters to Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton, Canmore, Windsor, Brampton (coming soon), and Winnipeg (coming soon), and are now a registered charity. We are committed to providing a truly national platform for the voices of immigrant and refugee women.