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 [email protected]

Report a Bad Date

Happy Monday 🙂 did you know we have several staff who are Commissioner of Oaths? Let us know if you need to have an affidavit or declaration administered!

We upgraded our Sex Worker Safety Tips pamphlet, here is our before and after prints! Get in touch or give us a visit to take a look or to take some with you.

We took a break over the holidays but have been back and at it since last week! Happy New Year to you all, see you in the office, out on outreach, or at various events in the community.

It's going to be chilly tomorrow - stay warm on your way to Sunalta Community Centre! We will be having the majority of the vigil indoors with hot drinks and will be outside for the lighting of the candles only. See you at 4.

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