Read about supports and services offered by government and community agencies:
You can also read about health and crisis situations.
Crisis situations (For emergencies call 9-1-1)
Also see Help for people in crisis or read about housing resources.
- Mental Health Crises
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – an addiction and mental health hospital (416-535-8501 ext. 6885)
Distress Centres of Toronto – telephone support for crisis intervention, suicide prevention programs and traumatic loss support 416-408-HELP (4357), TTY 416-408-0007
Gerstein Centre – crisis intervention and supportive counselling for adults who experience mental health problems
Kids Help Phone – counselling, referral services, educational tools and more (
St. Michael's Hospital – psychiatric emergency services (416-864-5346)
211 Toronto – services for people experiencing mental health difficulties (Dial 2-1-1)
Education and Training
Read about Employment and Social Services’ Employment Centres and Employment Services.
Family and child related services
- Visit 311
to access City of Toronto programs and services
- Birth Registration - learn about how to get your child's birth certificate, passport and other identity-related documents
- Canada Child Benefits Application – application form and general information for all monthly child benefit programs such as:
Canada Child Tax Benefit - helps eligible families with children under 18 years of age
National Child Benefit Supplement – helps eligible low-income families with children under 18 years of age
Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families – helps eligible working families with the cost of child care for their children under 7 years of age
Ontario Child Benefit – helps eligible low-income families with children under 18 years of age
Universal Child Care Benefit – helps all families with a monthly benefit of $100 per child under 6 years of age
- Canada Learning Bond - a grant offered by the Government of Canada to help families save for their children's post-secondary education
- Children’s Aid Society, Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Native Child and Family Services, and Jewish Family and Child Services – agencies that help children at risk of abuse
- City of Toronto Family Page - for information and programs that promote the health of children & families, licensed child care programs, recreation & leisure activities and more
- Family Responsibility Office - helps families in Ontario receive the financial support they are entitled to by enforcing court ordered support responsibilities.
- Parks, Forestry & Recreation - community events and recreation activities; the Toronto Fun Guide and the Welcome policy (for low-income families)
- Toronto Children's Services - child care services including finding child care, fee subsidy, wage subsidy, family resource centres, special needs resources, summer day camps and more
- Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board – education for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12
If your child has a disability you may also want to read about resources for persons with disabilities.
- 211 Toronto – information on free or low-cost meals for people who have low incomes or are homeless
- Daily Bread Food Bank – information on food banks in your area (416-203-0050)
- FoodLink Hotline – information on food banks in your area (416-392-6655)
Health and mental health
You can also read about resources for Mental Health Crises.
You can also read about legal services.
- Visit 311
to access City of Toronto programs and services
- 211 Toronto - Housing Help Centres, low income housing, supportive housing and more
- Apartment Standards – apartment standards, by-laws and a listing of violations
- Housing Connections - Rent-Geared-to-Income Applications and more
- Shelter, Support and Housing Administration – emergency shelters, tenant/landlord resources and more
- Streets to Homes – a City program that helps homeless people living outdoors find a safer place to sleep and long-term housing
- Toronto Community Housing – Rent-geared-to-income, Market rent and more
- Toronto Housing Portal – affordable housing, emergency housing, supportive/special needs housing, housing for seniors, and more
- Welcome Home - A guide to services for tenants
Immigration / Newcomers
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada - visiting, working in and immigrating to Canada, citizenship and resources for newcomers
- Ontario Immigration - information for newcomers on living, working, doing business and studying in Ontario
- Service Canada - immigration, employment, how to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) Card and more
- Settlement.org - information for newcomers about finding a job, sponsorship, ESL, housing, health and more
- Toronto Immigration Portal - housing, health care, city services, education, working and more
- Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council - a council that works to improve access to employment for immigrants
Read about benefits and supports from Employment and Social Services.
Read about other Income Supports for persons with disabilities and seniors. For benefits for families visit: Family and child related services.
Persons with disabilities
You can also read about health resources.
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