Resources

 

Community Resources

International

Resources in this section exist outside Canada and serve as additional sources of information to support the 2SLGTQ community.

Trans Student Educational Resources

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through advocacy and empowerment. Founded in 2011, it is the only national organization led by trans youth.

Canada

Resources in this section are available to Canadians across the country. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

Affirm

AFFIRM is an eight-session, manualized intervention. It is focused on reducing depression and improving coping and sexual self-efficacy for LGBTTQQ2SA* youth and adults by providing them opportunities to develop identity cognition (self-awareness, identifying risk), mood (recognizing the link between thoughts and feelings), and behaviour (identifying strengths and ways of coping), as well as equipping them with the tools to manage and influence those factors by themselves.

Egale

To improve the lives of 2SLGBTQI people in Canada and to enhance the global response to 2SLGBTQI issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy.

Gender Creative Kids Canada

Gender Creative Kids is a reference community organization that has supported trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid youth’s affirmation within their families, schools, and communities since 2013.

PFLAG CANADA

Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S children.(recognizing the link between thoughts and feelings), and behaviour (identifying strengths and ways of coping), as well as equipping them with the tools to manage and influence those factors by themselves.

Salaam

Salaam Canada is dedicated to creating space for people who identify as both Muslim and queer/trans. We acknowledge the diverse experiences of our community and support queer/trans people who identify with Islam ritually, culturally, spiritually, or religiously. Salaam is a volunteer-run organization that advocates for social justice and addresses the intersecting issues around homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia/racism.

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity Resources

To empower gender and sexually diverse communities through education, research, and advocacy.
Guided by the goals of the communities in which we work, we undertake our mission with both empathy and compassion since it is what the communities we serve deserve.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

Ontario

Resources in this section are available to Ontario residents across the province. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

Aces and Aros

Aces and Aros is a virtual hub which serves to connect folks to communities, events and provides educational and support resources while keeping them up to date with what’s happening in the Aces & Aros movement.

Connect-Clinic

Connect-Clinic offers specialty services to trans and gender diverse individuals, including nonbinary and genderqueer folx. The term trans refers to transgender, transsexual, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning persons. Different medical treatment plans and supports are offered in order to meet individual needs and goals.

This program offers telemedicine-based medical consultations, advice and treatment related to trans care, including general health and wellness services, hormone therapy, and surgery referrals. All services are covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Referrals to this program are appreciated and accepted, though they are not necessary.

Good 2 Talk

Good2Talk is a free, confidential support service for post-secondary students in Ontario. First launched in 2013, Good2Talk is funded by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. By calling Good2Talk at 1-866-925-5454, students can receive information and referrals about services and supports for mental health, addictions and well-being on and off-campus and speak anonymously with a professional counsellor.

Good2Talk can support students through a wide range of issues that may be impacting their mental health and well-being, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, academic stress, personal or family relationships, loneliness, financial concerns and other challenges facing students transitioning to post-secondary.

Post-secondary students can also access free, text-based support through Good2Talk’s partnership with Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone. By texting GOOD2TALKON to 686868, students can chat with a trained volunteer Crisis Responder.

LGBT YouthLine

LGBT YouthLine is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. We do this by:

  • Providing anonymous peer support and referrals;
  • Training youth to provide support to other youth; and
  • Providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.

Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario creates opportunities for the healthcare system to better serve LGBT2SQ communities.

Ten Oaks Project

The Ten Oaks Project engages and connects children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ communities through programs and activities rooted in play.

EMPOWERMENT THROUGH PLAY

What we do is fun – and, lots of it! Our work is grounded in asset-based philosophies that use play to effect personal change, enhance self-esteem, develop leadership and foster independence. We believe that by bringing children and youth together to play and engage in recreation, we can build their confidence, forge bonds and facilitate understanding.

Welcome Friend Association

Welcome Friend Association educates and promotes awareness in society regarding gender, sexual identities and expressions. We provide outreach and support for people impacted by gender and sexual issues.

Durham Region

Resources in this section are available to Durham residents across the region. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

AIDS Committee of Durham Region

We create an inclusive environment for a collaborative approach to education, support and outreach. We build on the strengths and abilities of people living with HIV, AIDS and related co-infections, those at risk and their support networks in Durham Region.

Gay Durham Region

Gay Durham Region provides a central point of reference to all local LGBT services and resources in Durham Region. We are a local not-for-profit service, owned and managed by members of the local LGBT community and run by volunteers.

PFLAG Durham Region

Pflag Durham Region supports all persons within our reach with their journeys through gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. We seek to provide education and resources to the greater Durham community to help encourage inclusion, diversity and equity.

Halton Region

Resources in this section are available to Halton residents across the region. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

ADAPT – Halton Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Services

ADAPT is dedicated to empowering individuals with alcohol, drug or gambling concerns, and their families, to manage these concerns and lead more fulfilling lives through the provision of comprehensive assessment and treatment services, corresponding to need.

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The AIDS Network (Halton)

The AIDS Network responds to the impact of HIV on the health and well-being of individuals and diverse communities in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant.

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PFLAG Halton

We offer monthly peer support meetings for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and their loved ones. We strive to build visibility, community, and respect in the Halton region. Contact PFLAG Halton for more information.

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ROCK – Reach Out Centre for Kids

Working together to promote and achieve optimal mental health in kids and families. With programs and services that run out of 11 sites and three main offices, ROCK is committed to being inclusive, client-centred and family-centred. With over 40 years of service in Halton, we are dedicated to building strong people, strong families and strong communities.

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Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton

We provide free, confidential and non-judgemental 24-hour support to all survivors of violence. We advocate against violence in the community and promote prevention

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Peel Region

Resources in this section are available to Peel residents across the region. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

Associated Youth Services of Peel (AYSP)

AYSP is a dynamic team of optimistic, compassionate professionals and volunteers dedicated to helping children, youth and families manage mental health and/or justice issues, realize their potential and contribute to their communities.

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Brampton Public Library

At Brampton Library, we recognize that cultivating a respectful, inclusive culture that expands and leverages the diverse abilities and perspectives of our team is one of the keys to our collective growth as a community. To support our collective growth, we will actively seek to understand and collaborate with our communities so we can provide a safe space to explore ideas, learn and build a connected community.

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Canadian Mental Health Association Peel/Dufferin (CMHA)

CMHA Peel Dufferin champions good mental health for everyone and supports the full participation of those with mental illness and addictions in the life of the community.

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East Mississauga Community Health Centre

A set of support services for, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and Two-Spirit (LGBTTIQQ2S+) people in Peel Region. Our services aim to promote healthy, safe, and proud LGBTTIQQ2S+ communities by providing support and resources, reducing social exclusion and improving access to health and social services.

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Embrave – Agency to End Violence

Embrave Agency to End Violence is an anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling and advocacy supports for women, Two-Spirit, gender queer, trans and non-binary folks and their children experiencing any form of violence in the Region of Peel and beyond. We support survivors with and without children.

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Family Services of Peel (FSP)

As a multi-service agency, we provide professional counselling, educational programs, employment support services, support for people with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as support for victims of violence and abuse. Sensitive to cultural and social diversity, Family Services of Peel is a community-based agency that works to strengthen families, couples and individuals through guidance, coaching, mentoring, education and support.

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Indus Community Services

We are a community benefit organization focused on building resilient and healthy communities by offering person-centered, anti-oppressive programs and
services.

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MOYO Health & Community Services

Working together to improve the health and prosperity of communities in Peel.

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Our Place Peel

Empowering youth through prevention, intervention and support in accessing safe and sustainable housing.

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Peel Children’s Aid Society (PCAS)

To ensure the safety and well-being of children and to strengthen families through partnership. Peel CAS is a member of the Peel 2SLGBTQ+ Collaborative, which provides leadership and capacity building to advance 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in Peel Region.

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Punjabi Community Health Services

Punjabi Community Health Services offers support for mental health, addictions and settlement services. Their services are inclusive to the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

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Queen’s Square Family Health Team

We provide free, confidential and non-judgemental 24-hour support to all survivors of violence. We advocate against violence in the community and promote prevention.

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Wellfort Community Health Services

High quality accessible care for all.

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York Region

Resources in this section are available to York residents across the region. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

CAYR Community Connection

To create safe, confidential, and inclusive spaces and services in York Region where people can access dignified support and meaningfully engage in self-determined pathways to well-being. We envision an informed, healthy, stigma-free and compassionate community.

Family Service York Region

A Responsive, Caring Organization offering Counselling and Outreach Support For All to Achieve Improved Well-Being, and Community Connections.

Gay York Region

GayYorkRegion provides a central point of reference to all local LGBT services and resources in York Region. We are a local not-for-profit service, owned and managed by members of the local LGBT community and run by volunteers.

York Pride Fest

York Pride Fest was launched in February 2007 by the York Region 2SLGBTQ+ Community Outreach Project, a four-year Trillium funded initiative to develop and support the delivery of services to meet the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ persons and their families in York Region.

Since that time, York Pride Fest has operated as a coalition of local 2SLGBTQ+ relevant service providers and community volunteers, working together to organize and progressively expand the region’s annual pride festival.

Each year, pride week celebrations organized by York Pride Fest have included proclamation/recognition requests to local government bodies, 2SLGBTQ+ awareness displays presented at libraries across the region, as well as a number of hosted events across the region.

Hamilton

Resources in this section are available to Hamilton residents across the city. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

Good Shepherd: Notre Dame House

Good Shepherd Notre Dame House is committed to helping youth who are street-involved or homeless due to family violence, conflict, abuse, neglect, poverty and exposure to mental health and addiction issues. Our goal is to ensure that they have the support they need to overcome obstacles and break down barriers to become active and contributing members of our community.

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Hamilton Determination Martial Arts

At Determination Martial Arts we strive to be an inclusive and accessible space for anyone interested in building confidence, strength, and community.

We believe that no one should be denied the opportunity to participate in Martial Arts based on their physical or mental ability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender
identity, race or religion and commit to creating a space for all who commit to their learning.

We believe in actively creating safer spaces, and continuously learning new and better ways of creating inclusive community. We understand that this is a process and welcome your
suggestions on ways to improve together.

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Hamilton Trans Health Coalition

Hamilton Trans Health Coalition is a group of health care providers, advocates, and community members working together to increase the capacity of Hamilton’s primary health care system to deliver high-quality gender-affirming healthcare to trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary people who live, learn, work, and play in Hamilton.

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Hamilton Trans Peer Support Group

Once-monthly support groups for trans-identified folks. Participants may bring one cis person with them for support. For more information, please send an email to transpeers@gmail.com.

Kyle’s Place

We are a trans and non-binary prioritized space that is committed to fostering community, solidarity, support, advocacy and access to resources, particularly for community members who are marginalized due to race, class, age, mental health, abilities.

Visit Us on Facebook or, email us transpeersupport@gmail.com.

McMaster Student Union: Pride Community Centre

At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teaamwork in everything we do.

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Routes Youth Centre

Routes is dedicated to providing a welcoming space for learning, growing, building relationships, having fun and supporting youth aged 8-19 to experience fulfilling routes through life.

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Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area

SACHA is a fem¬i¬nist, non-prof¬it, com¬mu¬ni¬ty-based orga-ni¬za¬tion that pro¬vides sup-ports to peo¬ple who have expe¬ri¬enced sex¬u¬al¬ized vio-lence at any point in their lives. We work to end vio-lence and oppres¬sion through edu¬ca¬tion, advo¬ca¬cy, out-reach, coali¬tion build¬ing, com-mu¬ni¬ty part¬ner¬ships, and activism.

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Speqtrum Hamilton

Recognizing the need for 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth community development and ownership, speqtrum will be developing a mission statement with the guidance of youth, peers, and elders in the future.
Our current mandate is to support the growth and development of 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth (17-29) and their communities through two meetups each month and workshops investing in the skills and organizing capacity of our city’s queer and trans youth.

Our goal is that Hamilton’s 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth will form and maintain healthy, close relationships with their peers and community.

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The Queer Justice Project

The Queer Justice Project is designed to address unmet legal needs of the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit [‘queer’] community in Hamilton. It serves as a resource for education, system navigation, and access to justice for queer people. This is a francophone project that has an accompanying English component, and centres the experience of community members living in the margins and intersections. This includes queer newcomers, queer people with disabilities, queer street workers, queer people of colour and Two Spirit people. This community historically and presently has experienced the law as a tool of oppression, and this project aims to educate how the law can be wielded in an empowering way.

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St. Joseph’s Healthcare: Youth Wellness Centre

The Youth Wellness Centre exists to help young people access the mental health care that they need, no matter what barriers they may be facing.

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Toronto

Resources in this section are available to Toronto residents across the city. For specific information on the availability of programs/services in your area, please contact the service provider.

Africans in Partnership Against Aids

APAA (Africans in Partnership Against Aids) knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. Back in 2000, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch APAA (Africans in Partnership Against Aids).

AIDS Committee of Toronto

ACT works to reduce new HIV infections in Toronto and promotes the independence, dignity, health and well-being of people living with HIV and AIDS and those at increased risk of HIV.

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention

ASAAP is committed to providing culturally responsive holistic health promotion and support services for SAMEIC (South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indo-Caribbean) communities who are living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV and related health conditions.

Asian Community AIDS Services

We at ACAS are committed to provide HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities. Our programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner.

Breakaway Youth and Family Services

Our mission is to provide seamless, comprehensive and effective harm reduction services and a full range of addictions treatment services that are amenable to an individual’s needs and goals. Our services are offered through community-based facilities with a focus on street and community outreach.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

We are dedicated to patient, family and community well-being. We improve access to integrated care, answer the most difficult questions about mental illness and remove barriers to belonging. Together, we choose hope.

Christie Ossington Neighborhood Centre

The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre is dedicated to building upon the strengths and vision of community members to improve the quality of life in the Christie Ossington community and surrounding neighbourhoods. By working in collaboration with residents, community institutions, agencies, local businesses and stakeholders, we will create a safe and healthy community.

Church Wellesley Medical Clinic

Church Wellesley Medical Clinic is a multidisciplinary medical group located in the heart of the village. Our comprehensive health approach includes services in general family medicine, specialized care for the LGBTQ2 community and people living with HIV as well as dentistry, physical rehabilitation, sleep therapeutics, counselling and psychotherapy, and dermatology.

Griffin Centre

Griffin Centre provides services for children, youth, transitional-aged youth, adults and their families with complex needs (i.e. mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities). We deliver responsive services and develop innovative partnerships that build capacity and offer hope for the future. Through the ReachOUT program, the Griffin Centre supports the 2SLGBTQ+ residents of Toronto.

Non-Binary Colour Collective

The Non-Binary Colour Collective offers an art community focused on 2SQTBIPOC creatives in Tkarón:to (Toronto) and the GTA.

People With AIDS Foundation, Toronto

We engage people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and we inspire them to live into their dreams and discoveries.

Planned Parenthood Toronto

We are a pro-choice community health centre that advances and advocates for the sexual health & well being of youth.

Sherbourne Health

A dynamic provider of integrated health services, community programs and capacity-building initiatives that enable people and diverse communities to achieve wellness.

Sketch Working Arts

SKETCH is a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, from across Canada, who live homeless or on the margins and navigate poverty to:
• experience the transformative power of the arts
• build leadership and self-sufficiency in the arts
• cultivate social and environmental change through the arts

Toronto Gaymers

TG’s mission is to provide its members and friends with a safe and welcoming space where everyone can celebrate their passion in gaming, anime, cosplaying and cross-playing. Driven by the desire to be the go-to group to meet new friends and socialize with like-minded people, TG is proud to host many events that both support our members’ needs as well as the needs of local businesses that are pivotal in supporting our events in the Greater Toronto Area.

Triangle Program

The Triangle Program is a high school that hosts wonderful LGBTQ2+ youth who are in need of a smaller and safer space where they can find and build community. We strive to reflect our students’ experiences in an LGBTQ2+ and social justice-focused curriculum.

Union Health & Community Services

Working together to deliver accessible and high-quality health and community services that are integrated, respond to needs, build on strengths and inspire change.

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and justice.

YMCA Sprott House

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead, and give back to their communities.

Yorktown Family Services

YFS supports and equips women, children, youth and families to create positive change in their lives and offers several programs to support the 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Toronto.