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Shift has a harm reduction and rights-based approach to sex work.


Shift is a Calgary-based program that provides support to adults currently or previously engaged in sex work. Shift uses a rights-based approach to sex work, recognizing that sex work is a choice for many and respecting the rights of adults to make this choice. Shift also recognizes that for some, factors such as poverty or exploitation can put people into situations where they don’t have control. The program meets people where they are at, whether they want to continue sex work, safely transition, or anything in-between.

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Supports Include:

  • Emotional support and case management
  • Free safer sex supplies and sexual health information
  • Advocacy with income supports, housing, Child and Family Services, etc.
  • Escort, massage, entertainment licensing information and support
  • Support to access STBBI testing and treatment
  • Referrals for low-cost contraception 
  • Working safely: “Bad Date” reporting, safer working strategies (date screening, condom negotiation)
  • Referrals to mental health, substance use treatment, housing, financial, employment, basic needs, legal, etc.

Who is the Program for?

Shift provides support to adults currently and formerly working in the sex industry.

Shift offers education sessions to community service providers, students, and the public about sex work and related topics.


Bad Date Sheet

Our Bad Date Sheet circulates details of persons that may pose a threat to sex workers. Bad date lists can serve as a warning system, so that sex workers can avoid persons who fit descriptions on the list.
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Bad Date Forum

Shift has a sex worker only bad date forum. If you are interested in joining, contact shift at 587-999-3304 or shift@safelinkalberta.ca

Report a Bad Date

In light of the recent deaths of Nellie, Kwem and Tatianna, we are sharing some safety tips. There is no indication they were sex workers, but keeping people informed is one way to help keep folks safer. Ideally, we would live in a society where people are taught not to harm.

In light of the recent deaths of Nellie, Kwem and Tatianna, we are sharing some safety tips. There is no indication they were sex workers, but keeping people informed is one way to help keep folks safer. Ideally, we would live in a society where people are taught not to harm.

Stampede may be over, but did you know several sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) can take up to a few weeks before showing up on a test? Get in touch with us to schedule your post-Stampede test🤠

See you on August 11! Give us a shout if you have any questions, comments, or concerns by DMing on Twitter, call/texting 587-999-3304, or emailing shift@safelinkalberta.ca

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