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Indigenous peoples, seniors, youth and more

Children and Families

  • Information and resources for those who wish to adopt, who have adopted, or who were adopted and want to find their biological parents.
  • Various supports for children and families in crisis or experiencing abuse or domestic violence. The Children‘s Aid Society (see below) accepts reports that a child is or may be in need of protection. See Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for ...
  • Centre-based child care programs operate year-round and are located in schools, workplaces, churches or in a child care centre. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services maintains a searchable database of licensed child care centres on its ...
  • This section lists programs and services offering child care services in the child’s or the provider's home.
  • Preschool and nursery school programs provide education-based programs designed to prepare children for kindergarten. Many of these programs operate half-days during the school year. The Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services maintains a ...
  • Child care programs that operate before and after school and during Professional Development days and March break to accommodate school-aged children.
  • Parents on limited income or in need may be eligible for financial help with child care costs.
  • Public Health Nurses provide child health care, examine the health of infants and young children and offer advice to parents on child development, infant care, breastfeeding and other parenting issues. Many are available on a drop-in basis.
  • The aim of child safety programs is to prevent injury through educating about traffic safety, bike safety, fire safety, rail and personal safety, stranger danger and electrical and other household hazards.
  • Children and youth with disabilities have physical, developmental, mental or emotional challenges, illnesses or injuries that prevent or interfere with their ability to perform intellectual or physical tasks, or which can significantly limit their ...
  • Helplines serve children who need to talk to someone for reassurance. 24 hour lines offer advice during a crisis.
  • Agencies and programs dealing with child custody and access when parents separate.
  • Just-for-dad-programs offer advice and support to help dads parent in the best possible way.
  • The programs listed here provide financial assistance for low income families with young children.
  • Classes and groups are available to help grandparents with raising their grandchildren. See also Parenting Education and Parenting Groups .
  • Are you considering home schooling your children? These services provide information and support to homeschoolers.
  • Information to help you raise your children, such as referral to available services, is offered by telephone helplines and Internet sites.
  • Ontario Early Years Centres offer free programs for children up to the age of six and their parents and caregivers. Information about child development and other services is also available.
  • Programs for both parents and their children offer playgroups, education, discussion and other social supports. See also Parenting Groups .
  • These associations consist of a group of parents who are volunteers that promote a particular type of education for their children. These volunteers also organize and coordinate events related to their children‘s education.
  • Parenting education programs provide classes, individual consultation or other educational opportunities for parents or potential parents who want to acquire the knowledge and skills to be effective in their parenting role. See also Ontario Early ...
  • Parenting groups bring together parents who wish to share common problems, concerns or ideas about parenting and child-rearing.
  • Information about and referral to services that help you raise your children. See also Ontario Early Years Centres .

Immigrants, Newcomers and Ethnocultural Communities

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (below) helps people through the immigration and citizenship process. Courses are available to help you prepare for the citizenship test.
  • Services to help people new to Canada, including foreign trained immigrant professionals, to gain employment.
  • ESL/FSL programs provide instruction in the English/French language for individuals whose first language is other than English or French. LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) are federally-funded classes for recent arrivals.
  • Organizations which facilitate cultural unity and development for ethnic, language, and visible minorities, through a variety of programs such as social activities, sports, language-based resources and libraries, as well as advocacy for cultural ...
  • Organizations or programs which offer service primarily within a French language cultural context, or that otherwise support cultural unity and development within the Francophone community. See also Ethnocultural Groups .
  • These health care providers offer programs and services that meet the unique needs of newcomers to Canada. Services are offered in other languages, and programming is done with cultural sensitivity.
  • Non-profit or government programs and services that deal with the immigration, refugee and citizenship process. Includes courses for preparing for the citizenship test.
  • Schools that provide formal education that is focused on a particular culture and its language. Most are private schools offering elementary and secondary academic education; the Collège Boréal offers post secondary. Some schools also offer language ...
  • Multiculturalism promotes the understanding, appreciation and acceptance of all people as equal in our society.
  • Assistance for settling into a community is available to new immigrants and includes help with finding housing, work and financial resources.
  • Programs that help newcomer participants to develop friendships and to build life, literacy, and parenting skills.
  • These services provide translation of written documents or provide interpreters. Some may also provide sign language interpretation.
  • Ethnocultural groups offer social and practical supports for women of various cultures.

Indigenous Communities

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirited, Queer (LGBTQ+)

  • Various organizations provide health and health-related information in a LGBTQ+ positive environment. They may house a list of health care resources of particular interest to the LGBTQ+ community, provide social and emotional support, or advocate ...
  • Organizations provide social and emotional support, or advocate to support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of individuals who are gay or lesbian.

People with Disabilities

  • The members of these services have joined together on a voluntary basis to support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of people with disabilities. Some organizations also ...
  • Children and youth with disabilities have physical, developmental, mental or emotional challenges, illnesses or injuries that prevent or interfere with their ability to perform intellectual or physical tasks, or which can significantly limit their ...
  • Unemployed or underemployed people with disabilities can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour ...
  • Government and community programs offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities for income support and to help with the costs of equipment and home modification.
  • Fitness programs for people with disabilities offer special health instruction and exercise. Recreational and social programs provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in appropriate social or recreational activities, sports ...
  • Modifications can be undertaken to make a home barrier-free for people with physical disabilities or mobility challenges. Financial assistance may be available.
  • Life skills programs assist persons with a disability to learn the basic skills of daily living. Services may include training in the ability to travel about the community alone; to live independently in a private residence; to maintain health ...

Seniors

  • The members of these services have joined together on a voluntary basis to support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of seniors. Some organizations also advocate on behalf ...
  • It‘s a fact! Seniors are the fastest growing group of internet users. Whether you‘re a beginner or advanced user, enhance your computer skills at one of the local courses tailored to meet the unique needs of older adults.
  • Elder abuse is the neglect, or emotional, physical or sexual abuse of elderly people. The abuse may originate with their caretakers, children, grandchildren or other individuals who are sharing their homes or who are responsible for their care in a ...
  • These government and community programs provide benefits to eligible seniors (Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Pension). Programs and services may also include grants, allowing seniors to remain in their home.
  • These services offer various exercise programs designed specifically for seniors; social and recreational opportunities, such as crafts, cards, educational lectures, outings, etc. See also Seniors' Centres and Seniors' Clubs and Legions .
  • Classes and groups are available to help grandparents with raising their grandchildren. See also Parenting Education and Parenting Groups .
  • Confidential telephone support is available to seniors and their caregivers in moments of crisis or loneliness.
  • These centres offer educational, recreational, and social programs for seniors. Activities can include cards, crafts, day trips, fitness programs, and guest speakers. See also Seniors' Clubs and Legions and Fitness, Recreational & Social Programs ...
  • Groups of active seniors aged 55 years and over meet regularly for recreational activities, such as cards, potluck dinners, outings, and entertainment. Legions often provide community services. Nominal membership fees may be charged and are used to ...
  • Programs offering job search assistance for seniors.
  • Veterans Affairs Canada provides pensions for disability or death, economic support in the form of allowances, health care benefits and services to: members of the Canadian Forces and Merchant Navy veterans who served in the First World War, the ...

Women

  • Advocacy and social action programs seek to influence legislation to benefit women or to achieve specific social or political goals. They also intercede on behalf of individuals and/or groups to ensure they receive the benefits and services to which ...
  • Victims and survivors of physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse can find emergency shelter and housing, health care, legal services, emotional support, counselling, system navigation services, and accompaniment services for interviews or ...
  • Life skills programs encourage individuals to acquire the basic skills of daily living, in such areas as self esteem, relationships, parenting, household management and social skills.
  • Shelters for Women offer short-term accommodation along with other supports, such as counselling, meals, recreation and emergency transportation. Some shelters also provide longer-term accommodation. Drop-in centres offer social and recreational ...
  • Ethnocultural groups offer social and practical supports for women of various cultures.

Youth

  • Unemployed or underemployed youth and young adults can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour market, ...
  • Information to help you raise your children, such as referral to available services, is offered by telephone helplines and Internet sites.
  • Organizations provide social and emotional support, or advocate to support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of individuals who are gay or lesbian.
  • Shelters offer short-term accommodation along with other supports, such as counselling, meals, recreation, and emergency transportation. Some shelters also provide longer-term accommodation. Drop-in centres offer social and recreational activities, ...
  • Programs for young offenders include residential treatment, detention and custody facilities, physiological assessments, as well as services to help them re-integrate back into the community such as adult education, assertiveness training, anger ...
  • Youth Centres offer social and recreational activities, snacks, information and support, and in some cases counselling for teens.
  • Groups and clubs offer social, educational, and recreational opportunities for youth. See also Ethnocultural Groups and Shelters, Drop-ins and Outreach for Youth .