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Basic Needs resources are resources such as food, housing (including shelters), transportation and temporary financial assistance.

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Publicly Funded / Free Services

124 Merton Street, Toronto, ON, M4S 2Z2 Map
416-596-7703
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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1. Child Welfare including Children's Aid Society (CAS)

The child welfare / child protection system is a group of services that promote the well-being of children by protecting children from abuse or neglect, ensuring they are safe, and strengthening families so that they can successfully care for their children.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

26 Maitland Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1C6 Map
416-395-1500
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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30 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1N1 Map
416-924-4646
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M2R 3V3 Map
416-638-7800
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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30 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 1K2 Map
416-969-8510
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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75 Front Street East 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1V9 Map
416-987-7725
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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250 Davisville Avenue, Toronto, ON, M7A 1G2 Map
416-325-5669
Area Served: Ontario
Up to 21 years
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3506 University Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7 Map
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4 Map
613-327-4317
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

4950 Yonge St, North York, ON, M2N 6K1 Map
416-499-6373
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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Gabriella Carafa
Toronto, ON
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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Genesis Clinical Services
40 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON, M3C 1J5 Map
647-347-7092
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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426 Eglinton Ave, Toronto, ON, M4S 3H8 Map
647-812-8865
Area Served: Toronto
5 years and up
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45 Sheppard Ave East, Toronto, ON, M2N 5W9 Map
416-250-1540
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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Lysa Toye Counselling, Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts Therapy
175 Hampton Ave., Toronto, ON, M4K 2Z3 Map
647-774-3757
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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100 The East Mall, Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 5X2 Map
416-367-5968
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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2. Food and Nutrition

This section has programs that provide food or low cost food to those in need.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

160 Springhurst Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6K 1C2 Map
416-340-7929
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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191 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON, M8V 2E7 Map
416-203-0050
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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1200 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON, M1H 3C3 Map
416-438-3697
Area Served: Toronto
5 - 30 years
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145 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1S1 Map
416-364-8228
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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Northwestern Toronto, ON Map
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 16 years
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40 Humewood Drive, Toronto, ON, M6C 2W4 Map
416-651-5657
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 21 years
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333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON Map
416-324-4100
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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365 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON, M5T 2G3 Map
416-929-9614
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 24 years
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ON, Canada
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

225 Lansdowne St West, Peterborough, ON, K9J 0G5 Map
705-874-2000
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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600 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON, M4X 1W4 Map
416-451-3573
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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3. Housing and Home Supports

Housing services help individuals find and keep places to stay. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

40 Samor Road, Toronto, ON, M6A 1J6 Map
416-630-2222
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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ON, Canada
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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552 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 3W8 Map
416-504-3563
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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145 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1S1 Map
416-364-8228
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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10 Tracy Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 4P2 Map
416-203-2711
Area Served: Toronto
18 - 65 years
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2238 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M6R 3A9 Map
416-537-2721
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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40 Humewood Drive, Toronto, ON, M6C 2W4 Map
416-651-5657
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 21 years
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205 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 2Z4 Map
416-365-1888
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 18 years
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34 Berczy, Aurora, ON, L4G 1W9 Map
905-713-6808 x350
Areas Served: York (Regional Municipality), Toronto
All ages
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205 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1V3 Map
416-979-1994
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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56 Aberfoyle Crescent, Toronto, ON, M8X 2W4 Map
416-248-2050
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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168 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 2R4 Map
416-703-9645
Area Served: Toronto
16 years and up
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333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON Map
416-324-4100
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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87 Pembroke Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 2N9 Map
416-967-6060
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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1102 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4K 2S5 Map
416-425-6348
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 21 years
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30 Soudan Ave, Toronto, ON, M4S 1V6 Map
416-489-2500
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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1651 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M6M 3W2 Map
416-653-5400 x4166535400
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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26 Mansur Terrace, Toronto, ON, M3J 3R1 Map
647-479-9611
Areas Served: Ontario, Toronto, Middlesex County, Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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ON, Canada
1-800-461-2156 (Toll Free)
Area Served: Ontario
16 years and up
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1704 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON, K2A 1C7 Map
613-798-5111
Areas Served: Ontario, Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3 Map
416-661-9611
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Ottawa, ON Map
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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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

116 Albert suite, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G3 Map
613-800-7115
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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3.1 Long-Term Care Facilities for Seniors

Long-term care facilities and homes (aka. "nursing home") are for people who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care and supervision within a secure setting. They provide a higher level of care and support than retirement homes or supportive housing. Long-term care homes are owned and operated by various organizations: 1) Nursing homes are usually operated by private corporations; 2) Municipal homes for the aged are owned by municipal councils. Many municipalities are required to build a home for the aged in their area, either on their own or in partnership with a neighbouring municipality; 3) Charitable homes are usually owned by non-profit corporations, such as faith, community, ethnic or cultural groups.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

1200 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON, M1H 3C3 Map
416-438-3697
Area Served: Toronto
5 - 30 years
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4200 La Belle, Ottawa, ON, K1J 1J8 Map
613-745-5525
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

116 Albert suite, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G3 Map
613-800-7115
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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3.2 Group Homes, Residential Care and Supported Housing

A group home is usually a single-family dwelling for special populations that need a supervised living environment. Common examples include children and youth in care, individuals with developmental or physical disabilities, individuals recovering from substance abuse, teenaged mothers, or victims of domestic violence.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

4 Warrendale Court, Etobicoke, ON, M9V 1P9 Map
1-855-787-2424
Area Served: Toronto
18 - 70 years
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29 Wilson Park Road, Toronto, ON, M6K 3B6 Map
416-536-7037
Area Served: Toronto
12 years and up
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700 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M6A 3B4 Map
416-789-7957
Area Served: Toronto
16 years and up
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2901 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, M6B 3S7 Map
416-785-9230
Area Served: Toronto
16 years and up
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20 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON, M5B 2P3 Map
416-598-4898
Area Served: Toronto
13 - 24 years
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40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON, M4R 1B9 Map
416-482-0081
Area Served: Toronto
13 - 21 years
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1200 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON, M1H 3C3 Map
416-438-3697
Area Served: Toronto
5 - 30 years
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175 Brentcliffe Rd, Toronto, ON, M4G 0C5 Map
1-416-495-0926
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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26 Mansur Terrace, North York, ON, M3J 3R1 Map
647-479-9611 x5
All ages
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Pickering, ON, L1V 2R4 Map
416-284-3711
Area Served: Toronto
6 - 18 years
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169 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W6 Map
416-532-0550
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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ON, Canada
Area Served: Toronto
16 years and up
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15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON, M5C 2E3 Map
416-979-1994
Area Served: Toronto
12 years and up
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210 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON Map
416-977-1333
Area Served: Toronto
16 years and up
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301 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4M 2G8 Map
416-463-1481
Area Served: Toronto
18 - 65 years
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1155 Lola, Ottawa, ON, K1K 4C1 Map
613-741-5590
Areas Served: Ottawa-Carleton, Ontario
All ages
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70 Lombard Street, Toronto, ON, M5C 2W2 Map
416-368-5832
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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927 Clarke Avenue West, Thornhill, ON, L4J 8G6 Map
905-889-6484 x18773244114
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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3020 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2T7 Map
416-438-6880
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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ON, Canada
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 29 years
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5483 Trafalgar Road North, Guelph, ON, N0B 1T0 Map
855-972-9760
18 years and up
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95 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2X9 Map
416-925-9250
Area Served: Toronto
12 - 24 years
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815 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4J 1L2 Map
416-645-6000 x1100
Area Served: Toronto
6 years and up
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636 Kennedy Road, Toronto, ON, M1K 2B3 Map
416-967-1773
Area Served: Toronto
12 - 24 years
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87 Elm Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 0A8
416-961-8100
Area Served: Toronto
16 years and up
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26 Mansur Terrace, Toronto, ON, M3J 3R1 Map
647-479-9611
Areas Served: Ontario, Toronto, Middlesex County, Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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1950 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON, K2G 5T5 Map
613-225-5900 x25
Area Served: Ontario
10 - 17 years
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5305 Adstoll Ave., Windsor, ON, N8T 1G9
519-252-2711
Area Served: Ontario
16 years and up
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260 Chemin du Gouvernement, Opasatika, ON, P0L 1Z0 Map
705-369-4582
Area Served: Ontario
12 - 24 years
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AB, Canada
613-432-4946
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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435 Main St E, Merrickville, ON, K0G 1N0 Map
613-269-2672
Area Served: Ontario
18 years and up
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Shelburne, ON, L0N 1S0 Map
519-925-9225
Area Served: Ontario
13 - 19 years
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887 Longworth Rd, London, ON, N6K 0B8 Map
519-317-4190
Area Served: Ontario
3 - 18 years
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5659 McAdam Rd, Mississauga, ON, L4Z 1N9 Map
1-888-671-3446
Areas Served: Ontario, Canada
All ages
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301 Lillie Street North, Thunder Bay, ON, P7C 0A6 Map
807-684-5100
Area Served: Ontario
13 years and up
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151 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5H3 Map
613-745-7750
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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1833 rue Sherbrooke Est Bureau 101, Montreal, QC, H2K 1B4 Map
514-844-1661
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

365A Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON, M3H 1T3 Map
647-557-3321
Area Served: Toronto
Accepting patients: Unknown
All ages
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225 Lansdowne St West, Peterborough, ON, K9J 0G5 Map
705-874-2000
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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ON, Canada
1-877-353-2777 (Toll Free)
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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1425 Bayview, Toronto, ON, M4G 3A9 Map
416-487-7982
Area Served: Toronto
18 - 45 years
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116 Albert suite, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G3 Map
613-800-7115
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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3.3 Home Supports

Refers to supports and services provided in the person's home.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

5863 Leslie St, Toronto, ON, M2H 1J8
416-554-8716
All ages
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4211 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M2P 2A9 Map
416-635-2860
Area Served: Toronto
18 years and up
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Northwestern Toronto, ON Map
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 16 years
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1000 Sheppard Ave. West, Toronto, ON, M3H 2T6 Map
416-730-0035
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 16 years
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30 Soudan Ave, Toronto, ON, M4S 1V6 Map
416-489-2500
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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1950 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON, K2G 5T5 Map
613-225-5900 x25
Area Served: Ontario
10 - 17 years
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4200 La Belle, Ottawa, ON, K1J 1J8 Map
613-745-5525
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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ON, Canada
1-800-461-2156 (Toll Free)
Area Served: Ontario
16 years and up
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3000 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, ON, L3R 4T9 Map
1-800-465-5054
All ages
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112 Merton Street, Toronto, ON, M4S 2Z8 Map
416-322-6317
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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1 Thorncliffe Place Suite, Ottawa, ON, K2H 9N9 Map
613-790-9355
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

250 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON, M4W 1E6
519-902-8322
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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100 The East Mall, Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 5X2 Map
416-367-5968
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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116 Albert suite, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G3 Map
613-800-7115
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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3.4 Respite Care and Child Care

Respite refers to short term, temporary care provided to parents (or caregivers) so that they (and their families) can take a break from the daily routine of caregiving, and can range from a few hours to enough time for a vacation. Despite the guilt that parents or caregivers may feel, respite care can be very helpful in relieving stress from caregivers and give them time to recharge. Respite care may include services to take care of children, or older adults, or even parents.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

29 Wilson Park Road, Toronto, ON, M6K 3B6 Map
416-536-7037
Area Served: Toronto
12 years and up
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Pickering, ON, L1V 2R4 Map
416-284-3711
Area Served: Toronto
6 - 18 years
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4301 Weston Road, Toronto, ON, M9L 2Y3 Map
416-749-6234 x4163783271
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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1950 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON, K2G 5T5 Map
613-225-5900 x25
Area Served: Ontario
10 - 17 years
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112 Merton Street, Toronto, ON, M4S 2Z8 Map
416-322-6317
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

365A Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON, M3H 1T3 Map
647-557-3321
Area Served: Toronto
Accepting patients: Unknown
All ages
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Toronto, ON
647-360-0876
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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116 Albert suite, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G3 Map
613-800-7115
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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4. Transportation

Having easy access to transportation is essential, whether its going to a doctor's appointment, getting to a job, or keeping up with your relationships. This section has transportation resources that may be specifically of interest to those with mental health needs.
 

Publicly Funded / Free Services

1200 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON, M1H 3C3 Map
416-438-3697
Area Served: Toronto
5 - 30 years
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

116 Albert suite, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G3 Map
613-800-7115
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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4.1 Driving Assessments

Sometimes one is required to provide a medical certificate in order to drive.

 

Occupational therapists can provide detailed assessments of driving ability at one of the following agencies listed below.

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5. Emergency Shelter and Housing

There are various shelters that people can use when they have no place to go.

 

Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they don't have a place to stay. Emergency shelters (such as women's shelters) are primarily meant for those fleeing an abusive relationship, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

 

Homeless shelters are temporary places to stay, usually meant for homeless people. Usually located in downtown areas, they are similar to emergency shelters. The main difference is that homeless shelters are usually open to anyone, without regard to the reason for need. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

20 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON, M5B 2P3 Map
416-598-4898
Area Served: Toronto
13 - 24 years
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552 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 3W8 Map
416-504-3563
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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26 Mansur Terrace, North York, ON, M3J 3R1 Map
647-479-9611 x5
All ages
Add to Info Cart
145 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1S1 Map
416-364-8228
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
Add to Info Cart
301 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4M 2G8 Map
416-463-1481
Area Served: Toronto
18 - 65 years
Add to Info Cart
14 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON, M6G 2N1 Map
416-652-0334
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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56 Aberfoyle Crescent, Toronto, ON, M8X 2W4 Map
416-248-2050
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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25 Charles Street East, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1R9 Map
416-922-0628
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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502 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5S 2H1 Map
416-923-8872
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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87 Pembroke Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 2N9 Map
416-967-6060
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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636 Kennedy Road, Toronto, ON, M1K 2B3 Map
416-967-1773
Area Served: Toronto
12 - 24 years
Add to Info Cart
365 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON, M5T 2G3 Map
416-929-9614
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 24 years
Add to Info Cart
26 Mansur Terrace, Toronto, ON, M3J 3R1 Map
647-479-9611
Areas Served: Ontario, Toronto, Middlesex County, Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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6. Finances and Money

This section has resources about finances, money, grants, subsidies and other related information. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

ON, Canada
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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552 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 3W8 Map
416-504-3563
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
Add to Info Cart
365 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON, M5T 2G3 Map
416-929-9614
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 24 years
Add to Info Cart
Toronto, ON, M3M 3A3 Map
416-326-1817 x18002677263
Area Served: Ontario
All ages
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ON, Canada
Area Served: Ontario
Up to 18 years
Add to Info Cart
ON, Canada
Area Served: Canada
Up to 18 years
Add to Info Cart
ON, Canada
1-866-741-0127
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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ON, Canada
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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