COVID-19 Community Resources
For accurate information on COVID-19 - Public Health Agencies are the best sources.
Find them here:
Canadian Public Health
Public Health Ontario
Toronto Public Health
Other Key Contacts and Resources
MP Carolyn Bennett
City Councillor Josh Maltlow
TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin
TCDSB Trustee Norm Di Pasquale
Nia Centre for the Arts
Ontario Ministry of Health
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Ontario Arts Council
SPRINT Senior Care
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
Toronto Community Housing
Healthcare and OHIP
A resident of Ontario must have a health card to show that he or she is entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of services, however, it does not pay for services that are not medically necessary, such as cosmetic surgery.
Eligibility for OHIP
Ontario residents are eligible for provincially funded health coverage (OHIP). Generally, to be eligible for Ontario health coverage you must be:
- A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or among one of the newcomer to Canada groups who are eligible for OHIP as set out in Ontario’s Health Insurance Act ; and
- Physically present in Ontario for 153 days in any 12-month period; and
- Physically present in Ontario for at least 153 days of the first 183 days immediately after establishing residency in the province; and
- Make your primary place of residence in Ontario.
OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Ontario. The ministry strongly encourages new and returning residents to purchase private health insurance in case you become ill during the OHIP waiting period.
Finding a Family Doctor – Health Care Connect
Health Care Connect helps Ontarians who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. People without a family health care provider are referred to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in their community. To find out more information about Health Care Connect, click here.
Finding Long-term Care
Arranging care for yourself or a family member will involve a number of steps. This section of the website describes the process for arranging care, and the role you can play in the process. See the Arranging Care page for more details.
Your local Local Health Integration Network can help. LHIN are provincially-funded agencies that provide Long-Term Care information and referral services in your area. The information is provided free of charge. To locate the LHIN nearest you, use our LHIN locator.
To find a suitable long-term care home, this search engine will help you. If you require any assistance with finding a long-term care space, please contact my office.
ODSP and Ontario Works
At the beginning of the application process, you will receive information about the Ontario Disability Support Program/Ontario Works. You will also be told which information and documents may be needed to complete the application process. You will need:
- Health Card Number
- Proof of Identity and Date of Birth
- Employment History/Information
- Income and Asset Statements
- Shelter Costs
- Status in Canada and Dependent Information
The application process is completed in person at your local ODSP/Ontario Works office. You will be required to complete and sign all necessary forms, including the application for assistance, and a participation agreement outlining the specific employment activities you may participate in. You will also need to provide any required information and documents.
Landlord and Tenant Resources
Places of Worship
|Beth Sholom Synagugue||1445 Eglinton Ave W||www.bethsholom.net|
|Beth Tzedec Congregation||1700 Bathurst St||www.beth-tzedec.org|
|Calvin Presbyterian Church/Deer Park United||26 Delisle Ave||https://pccweb.ca/calvinchurchtoronto/|
|Christ Church Deer Park||1570 Yonge St||christchurchdeerpark.org|
|Church of the Transfiguration||111 Manor Rd E||churchofthetransfiguration.ca|
|Forest Hill Jewish Centre||360 Spadina Rd||www.foresthilljewishcentre.org|
|Grace Church on-the-Hill||300 Lonsdale Rd||www.gracechurchonthehill.ca|
|Holy Blossom Temple||1950 Bathurst St||holyblossom.org|
|Holy Rosary Parish Toronto||354 St. Clair Ave W||holyrosary.ca|
|St. Alphonsus Parish||540 St. Clair Ave W||https://stalphonsusto.archtoronto.org/|
|St. Clair Avenue Baptist Church||152 Wychwood Ave||www.stclairavenuebaptistchurch.com|
|St. John Bosco Church||402 Westmount Ave||stjohnboscoto.archtoronto.org|
|St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Latvian Church||200 Balmoral Avenue||www.stjohnslatvian.ca|
|St. Matthew's United Church||729 St Clair Ave W||https://www.stmattsunited.com/|
|St. Michael's and All Angels Anglican Church||611 St Clair Ave W||www.stmichaelonstclair.com|
|Timothy Eaton Memorial Church||230 St. Clair Ave W||https://www.temc.ca/|
|Wychwood-Davenport Presbyterian Church||707 St. Clair Ave W||https://www.wychwooddavenport.com/|
|Yorkminster Park Baptist Church||1585 Yonge St||www.yorkminsterpark.com|
Chabad of Midtown
||544 St. Clair Ave West||https://www.chabadmt.com/|
|First Unitarian Church||175 St. Clair Ave W|
40 Humewood Drive (Humewood and St. Clair Ave W)
Services for pregnant and parenting young women
Pre and post-natal residential services, high school education program, infant daycare, transitional and supportive housing, parenting, nutrition and life-skills training, incidivudal and family counselling, food bank and donations
Assistance for youth of all sexual and gender identities. Anonymous peer support, referrals and resources over the phone or chat
1008 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G7
Non-profit organization Multiservice Christian centre
* advocacy * information and referral * settlement services and orientation for refugees and immigrants * life skills * assistance in accessing government and community services * income tax clinic * individual and family counselling * case management for assaulted women * parenting groups *
MIDAYNTA COMMUNITY SERVICES
1992 Yonge St, Ste 203, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z7 (Yonge & Eglinton)
Midaynta provides settlement services and other programs that advances education by providing courses, seminars, meetings, counseling and other support services for refugees, immigrants and youths in need.
MOORELANDS COMMUNITY SERVICES
Merton St, Ste 501, Toronto, ON M4S 1B1
Moorelands is a children's charity that teaches kids from low-income, Toronto neighbourhoods 250 • After school programs * leadership programs * baby bundles program for new mothers * Christmas sharing program * Moorelands Wilderness Camp in Dorset
SKILLS FOR CHANGE
791 St. Clair Ave W. (St. Clair W. and Arlington Ave.)
Youth Programming Life skills training, employment, leadership skills
255-40 Orchard View Blvd (Yonge & Eglinton)
Mental health promotion for young people Individual and family counselling (mental health issues, family conflict, school-related stress, social isolation and peer-related stress, bullying, emotion regulation, trauma, relationship conflicts) http://
ST. ALBAN’S BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
843 Palmerston Ave
Programming for children, youth and adults
Social and recreation programs, day camps, after school clubs, homework clubs, computer clubs, substance abuse, prevention leadership training, literacy
ST. STEPHEN’S COMMUNITY
91 Bellevue Avenue
Programming for children, newcomers, seniors and youth
Youth services, employment & training centre, housing and homelessness services, conflict & resolution training, newcomer services, etc.
416-925-2103 Ext. 1255
THE ANNIE JOHNSTON HEALTH STATION
2398 Yonge Street (Yonge & Eglinton)
Primary health care serving a catchment area of Highway 401 to Bloor Street and Bathurst Avenue to Bayview Avenue (must live or go to school in the catchment) Youth health clinic (including free and confidential sexual health services), individual and family counselling, leadership training programs and volunteer opportunities
THE STOP COMMUNITY
1884 Davenport Road
The Stop is a community hub offering a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, foster social connections, build food skills, and promote civic engagement. Youth Program provides opportunities for young people 14+ to grow, cook, and share healthy food, and to understand sustainable food systems and the root causes of hunger and poverty from a social justice perspective. It prioritizes young people that are racialized, Indigenous, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ, etc. in the Davenport West and St. Clair/Christie communities.
WYCHWOOD OPEN DOOR
St Matthew's United Church, 729 St Clair Ave W
Open to all, including homeless and socially isolated persons
- breakfast, lunch
- social and recreational programs
- life skills
- community and health information
- peer advocates provide help with social assistance, housing and legal issues
Affordable Mental Health Resources
*in-person counselling services may be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions*
Family Service Toronto Counselling Services offers individual, family and couple counselling. Counselling may be able to help you. Counselling helps people (from all walks of life) explore options, find solutions, develop coping strategies, identify strengths, locate information, provide resources and promote healing, resiliency and self-empowerment.
Our professional staff can work with you using a variety of tools and approaches including but not limited to cognitive behavior therapy, EMDR, Sensory Motor, Trauma informed therapy, narrative therapy, and Emotional Focussed Therapy.
Fees: Sliding scale, determined based on income and/or need. Free on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (subject to capacity). For more information, click here.
489 College Street, Suite 503, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer – an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario on April 11, 1980. In her memory, the Clinic assists approximately 4,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation. We amplify women’s voices, and cultivate their skills and resilience. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that threaten women’s safety, dignity and equality.
Fees: Free for women-identifying survivors of violence
1155 Yonge Street, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M4T 1W2
Catholic Family Services of Toronto offers individual, couple, family and group counselling. Their professional counselling staff help people resolve problems that challenge their lives. The helping process acknowledges the needs, strengths, values and goals of individuals and families. Their counsellors recognize and sensitively respond to differences in cultural, racial, gender, and religious backgrounds of clients.
Phone: 416-921-1163 / Email: [email protected]
Fees: Determined based on income and/or need. No one is denied service because of his/her inability to pay fees.
815 Danforth Avenue, Suite 100, Toronto, ON M4J 1L2
Their registered Social Workers provide counselling, psychotherapy and support services to individuals 16 years of age and older who are experiencing problems with mental health issues, substance use, and other difficulties in their lives. Through their Social Work and Full Circle program, registered Social Workers also work with older adults and seniors, their families and caregivers to develop the skills and abilities to function independently, through counselling and case management. Social Workers also offer support groups for caregivers or bereaved persons.
Phone: 416-572-3575 / Email: [email protected]
Fees: Please contact intake line to discuss
658 Danforth Avenue, Suite 204, Toronto, ON M4J 5B9
Art Therapy is a mental health profession, which helps individuals externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. The guided creative process as well as the end product can be used to enhance a person’s emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being.
Phone: 647-245-3344 / Email: [email protected]
Fees: $100-$145, depending on therapist. Sliding scales are offered, determined based on income and/or need.
YWCA Toronto: Healing Through the Arts
YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence. They currently offer the following groups; Imagining New Directions for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or incest; Healing Through Expressive Arts for women who have experienced violence or abuse; Stepping into Connection. an open group for women who may be new to group support and who have experienced violence or abuse; and Creating Safety and Possibilities for women dealing with the effects of intimate partner abuse.
Phone: 416-487-7151 (ext. 267)
Fees: Free for women-indetifying survivors of violence
221 Broadview Avenue Toronto, ON, M4M 2G3
Margaret's works with members of the community experiencing a psychiatric, emotional, psychosocial or situational crisis requiring immediate short-term intervention. They provide crisis intervention services that prevent escalation and the need for unnecessary hospitalizations. Margaret’s is an entry point that can assist at-risk individuals through proper assessments and referrals, helping people secure the appropriate community resources for their individual needs. Additionally, Margaret’s Mental Health and Justice Program offers intensive individual assistance and advocacy for those experiencing mental health issues and who are accused of committing low-risk offences.
Fees: Contact Margaret's to discuss and/or visit website for eligibility criteria
417 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3A1
Gestalt therapy is an approach to personal transformation that invites a fuller presence and awareness of the here and now, thus allowing you the possibility of more excitement, energy and courage to live your life directly. People come to Gestalt therapy seeking support in times of challenge and transition, a desire to explore unfinished business, find creative solutions in relationships, and to decrease levels of fear and anxiety. Gestalt's student therapists in the clinic receive a minimum of 3 ½ years of training, and some have many more years of diverse personal and professional experience. They will work with you in the present moment in a warm, honest and direct manner. All of the therapists have a supervisor and all of their client cases are reviewed confidentially. Neither the Student Clinic nor the Gestalt Institute of Toronto has access to your files or in any way manages or supervises the therapist’s practice.
Phone: 416-964-9464 / Email: [email protected]
Affordable Therapy Network provides an online database of therapists across Canada, including Toronto & Ontario, that provide low-cost or sliding scale rates. The site allows you to research individual therapists, filtered based on therapy approach or issues, and reach out to individual therapists for consultations, in order to meet your unique mental health concerns and needs.
Varied per therapist
Fees: Low-cost, $50-$65/session. Sliding scale, $70-$120/session; determined by individual therapists based on income and/or need.