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Alternative schools are for students whose needs are not met by mainstream schools, which may occur for any variety of reasons, including students who have children, part-time jobs, or who simply have a different learning style that doesn't fit with a mainstream school. In general, alternative schools offer smaller classes, with more of an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with teachers.

 

In Ontario, students work on one course at a time, and can complete six or more courses in an academic year. Each classroom has 21 students who all work on individual courses, at their own pace. Contact your local school board for more information.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Fernie House Child and Youth Services offers a few core services to the youth who reside at Fernie Hourse which include Child Welfare ... more
Pickering, ON, L1V 2R4 Map
416-284-3711
Area Served: Toronto
6 - 18 years
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Humewood provides pregnant young women with: * Pre and Post-Natal Residential Services: A 10-bed residence offeringprenatal rooms and 6 post-natal rooms for ... more
40 Humewood Drive, Toronto, ON, M6C 2W4 Map
416-651-5657
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 21 years
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The Massey Centre for Women is an award-winning, non-profit, community agency located in Toronto, that provides housing and resources for pregnant teens, young ... more
1102 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4K 2S5 Map
416-425-6348
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 21 years
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Elizabeth Wyn Wood is one of the alternate programs in the OCDSB. more
20 Rossland Avenue, Ottawa (nepean), ON Map
613-225-8826
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Provides an alternate form of schooling for students experiencing difficulties in the traditional secondary school. Our program is designed to allow for a ... more
1453 Stittsville Main Steet, Ottawa (stittsville), ON, K2S 1A3 Map
613-591-7678
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
15 - 21 years
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M.F. McHugh Education Centre provides educational programs and services to students who are in Care and/or Treatment, Custody and Correctional Facilities ... more
437 Donald Street, Ottawa, ON, K1K 1L8 Map
613-747-6885
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Norman Johnston is one of the alternative schools under the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). more
2401 Cleroux Crescent, Ottawa (gloucester), ON Map
613-841-7510
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Richard Pfaff is one of the alternative schools under the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). more
160 Percy Street, Ottawa, ON Map
613-594-8020
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Social service agency that provides a full range of programs and services for young pregnant women, young moms and dads, and their infants and young children. ... more
780 l'Eglise Street, Ottawa, ON, K1K 3K7 Map
613-749-2491
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
Up to 24 years
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Helps young single mothers provide a brighter future for themselves and their children. In a caring atmosphere, young mothers can complete their high school ... more
150 Mann Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8P4 Map
613-231-5150
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
15 - 21 years
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The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP) is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Toronto and 18 local YMCAs, consisting of 19 Youth Outreach ... more
235 McNabb Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 1Y3 Map
705-943-3500
Area Served: Algoma District
8 - 24 years
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Canada eSchool is an Ontario-based private high school specializing in distance education programs for students globally. All courses offered by eSchool are ... more
1033 Main St W, Hamilton, ON, L8S 1B7 Map
613-443-9522
Area Served: Hamilton
All ages
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Provides learning and social opportunities for children and teens. Positive living skills incorporated into lessons about horses! Geared for children with ... more
16455 Myers Road, Lunenburg, ON, K0C 1R0 Map
613-346-7777
3 years and up
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The mission of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is to "transform the world with justice and peace through Catholic ... more
835 Campbell Street, Cornwall, ON, K6H 7B7 Map
613-933-1720
4 - 21 years
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St. Matthew C.S.S. offers alternative educational programs for students in grades 9-12. St. Matthew C.S.S. is based on the proven concept that education can ... more
822 Marlborough Street, Cornwall, ON, K6H 4B4 Map
613-930-9928
14 - 21 years
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We embrace the alternative learning style by engaging in activity-based learning. We provide students with quality education that caters to their learning ... more
ON, Canada
Area Served: Simcoe County
4 - 18 years
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The Adult Education Program for clients of the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and community is part of the Waypoint's Rehabilitation Services ... more
500 Church Street, Penetanguishene, ON, L9M 1G3 Map
705-549-3181
Area Served: Simcoe County
All ages
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Services provided include: * Rehabilitation Counselling covering assessment, goal setting, life planning and coordination of service network. * Career ... more
334 King Street, Midland, ON, L4R 3M8 Map
705-549-3181 x2544
Area Served: Simcoe County
16 years and up
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Our goal is to empower young women who are pregnant and planning to parent or place their baby for adoption to make healthy choices for themselves and their ... more
231 Herbert Street, Waterloo, ON, N2J 1V1 Map
519-743-0291
12 - 24 years
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*Provides residential treatment for children and youth with severe emotional, mental health, developmental, and behavioural needs. *Our treatment facility consists of eight individual group homes. more
26 Dorset St, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3L5 Map
519-884-3985
6 - 17 years
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*Serves approximately 60,000 students in the Region of Waterloo. *Schools provide instruction designed to develop in our junior kindergarten to grade 12 ... more
51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, ON, N2C 2R5 Map
519-570-0003
All ages
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Bayfield is a private rural setting designed for male youth with special needs. Children referred to Bayfield have experienced psychiatric, psychological, ... more
Consecon, ON, K0K 1T0 Map
613-392-3551
Area Served: Hastings County
7 - 18 years
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Providing wholistic health services using experiential, relational based therapy, for children and youth of all cultures, beliefs, sexual orientation and social class. more
ON, Canada
705-783-4676
All ages
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Operation Come Home is an employment, education, and support centre for homeless and at-risk youth age 16 and up. Our programs focus on what works and what ... more
150 Gloucester St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0A6 Map
613-230-4663
Area Served: Canada
16 - 29 years
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

AAC and Literacy Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
613-316-8752
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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320 Osgoode St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 8C8 Map
613-567-0777
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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37 George St. North, Brampton, ON, L6X 1R5 Map
416-994-2455
15 years and up
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Resource Lists by Other Organizations
Catchment: LHIN Champlain
“Red Flags” is a Quick Reference Guide for Early Years professionals.Red Flags outlines a range of functional indicators or domains commonly used to monitor healthy child development, as well as potential problem areas for child development. It is intended to assist in the determination of when and where to refer for additional advice, formal assessment and/or treatment.
Posted: Sep 28, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: LHIN Champlain
"From Rollercoaster to Recovery" is a detailed guide for families and individuals on how to navigate the addictions and mental health system in the Champlain LHIN.
Posted: May 2, 2013
Language: EN,FR
Ottawa Public Health (OPH)
Catchment: LHIN Champlain
List of mental health resources and supports located throughout the Ottawa area (Champlain LHIN).
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Language: EN,FR
Community Resource Connections of Toronto (CRCT)
Catchment: Toronto
Finding mental health services can be complicated, especially for newcomers. This guide for newcomers helps with navigating and finding mental health services in Toronto.
Posted: Jun 21, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Central West
A directory of resources, organizations and services in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Dufferin County.
Posted: Jul 19, 2012
Language: EN
Ottawa Public Health (OPH)
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
The Resource Guide – Greater Ottawa Area [PDF 11.8 MB] reflects mental health resources and supports located throughout the Ottawa area (Champlain LHIN). This guide is not an exhaustive list of all supportive services, but rather a starting point – feel free to explore how these resources could assist you (the caregiver) or the person you care for (child, youth, adult, older adult) on the journey to recovery.
Posted: Sep 22, 2016
Language: EN,FR
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Concise list of mental health and addictions services in Ottawa area.
Posted: Dec 10, 2018
Language: EN,FR
LigneSanteChamplain.ca
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Posted: Jul 4, 2014
Language: EN,FR
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
A map of child/youth mental health services in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. If printed out, it is meant to be printed out on legal size and poster size, and posted in waiting areas or in a clinic.
Posted: Mar 17, 2017
Language: EN
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Concise list of Ottawa area mental health resources for youth prepared by Youthnet, a program of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Posted: Feb 22, 2015
Language: EN,FR
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Longer list of Ottawa area mental health resources prepared by Youthnet, a progam of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Posted: Feb 23, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
List of Ottawa community resources for transitional aged youth (age 16-24).
Posted: May 13, 2015
Language: EN
Champlainhealthline.ca
Catchment: Renfrew County
List of key child/youth mental health resources for primary health care providers.
Posted: Apr 1, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Simcoe County
Community resource list for South Simcoe by the CMHA York Region Branch.
Posted: Apr 20, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Middlesex County
Pamphlet of financial resources and other supports.
Posted: Jul 3, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Sudbury District
List of child, youth and family mental health resources for Subdury area prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health as part of the Mental Health Literacy Project in 2011.
Posted: Feb 24, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Sudbury District
Comprehensive list of mental health resources for Sudbury/Manitoulin from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Sudbury/Manitoulin.
Posted: Mar 28, 2012
Language: EN
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
Catchment: Elgin County
Directory of various programs/services of interest to children, youth and families in Elgin County.
Posted: Feb 5, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Halton Regional Municipality
This resource guide is intended to help families, caregivers, and members of the community in navigating and understanding the child and youth mental health system.
Posted: Sep 18, 2013
Language: EN
Peel Service Collaborative
Catchment: Peel Regional Municipality
Guide to mental health services in the Peel region.
Posted: Nov 9, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Waterloo Regional Municipality
Posted: Jun 12, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Waterloo Regional Municipality
Posted: Jul 11, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Waterloo Regional Municipality
Local resource book for those living, working or supporting someone with a disability.
Posted: Aug 29, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Haliburton County
List of child/youth mental health resources prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for the Mental Health Literacy Project in March 2011.
Posted: Mar 4, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
Posted: Jan 28, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
Provided by TAMI Niagara and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
Posted: Feb 26, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
List of child/youth mental health resources in Niagara area, prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, as part of the Mental Health Literacy Project in Mar 2011.
Posted: Mar 4, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
Information about suicide for individuals living in the Niagara area, including information about the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST), 1-800-263-4944.
Posted: Sep 11, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Hastings County
List of child/youth mental health resources prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence as part of the Mental Health Literacy initiative in March 2011.
Posted: Mar 4, 2011
Language: EN
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