Publication Date | March 9th, 2022
Resources, Support Groups, & Helplines
- Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program – A free weekly program for pregnant individuals facing challenges such as financial concerns or recent arrival to Canada. You can find a community program closest to you.
- Healthiest Babies Possible – One-on-one nutrition counselling in Toronto that also provides interpretation services and food certificates.
- An infant feeding guide – A guide from the government of Canada on meeting the nutritional needs of your newborn.
- Find a CPNP – The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) has many services and programs for pregnant women and parents. Find one in your community.
- Unlock Foods – Information from Canadian Dietitians on nutrition, food and healthy eating, as well as recipes, videos and online tools.
- Safe Food Handling for Pregnant Women – A guide on food preparation and safety for pregnant women from the government of Canada.
- Best Start — Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby – Comprehensive guides on healthy eating for a healthy baby available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.
- York Region — Healthy Eating for New & Expecting Mothers – Information from York Public Health on nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy.
- York Region — Nutrition Resources – Information from York Public Health on prenatal and infant nutrition.
- Canadian Breastfeeding Guide – A guide to breastfeeding your baby from the government of Canada.
- Breast Friends Program – A free York region program that provides new parents with breastfeeding support over telephone in a variety of languages.
- York Region Breastfeeding Guide – Breastfeeding information and support from the York region.
- Postpartum Information – Information about post-partum, including breastfeeding & social services from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
- Vaccines & Immunization – Immunization is the safest way to protect your child from vaccine-preventable diseases. View for more information from the government of Canada.
- Contraception Methods Guide – Explains the different methods of contraception that are available
- Caring for Kids – Information from the Canadian Pediatrics Society on attachment & bonding
- Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) – This page provides a guide of IPV including laws surrounding this issue and resources.
- Legal support for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) – This page connects you to legal services for IPV in your local community. Filter by location and type of service you are seeking.
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline – This page provides resources, support contacts, and additional information about IPV.
- IPV Ontario Resources – This page provides resources, support contacts, and additional information about women experiencing IPV in Ontario.
- Sexual Violence – This page provides additional information and resources related to sexual violence
- Sexual Assault Shelters – Find a sexual assault centres in a location in your the province. Sexual assault centres offer a wide variety of services to women who have experienced recent or past episodes of sexual assault, sexual harassment and childhood sexual abuse.
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres – Find a domestic violence treatment center in a location in your province.
- ShelterSafe: Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses – Find a women’s shelter and transition houses in your province.
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline (GTA): 416-863-0511
- Provides 24/7 crisis counselling and referrals to shelters, legal advice, and other help. Support is available in over 200 different languages, including 17 Indigenous languages
- Talk4Healing: Toll-free 1-855-553-4325
- Provides 24/7 culturally sensitive crisis counselling, advice, and support for Indigenous women & their families living in urban, rural and remote communities, both on and off-reserves. Support is available in English, Ojibway, Oji-Cree & Cree
- Emergency Shelters: 211 or toll-free 1-877-330-3213
- Provide security for women and their children fleeing violence and abuse
- Ontario 211 Helpline: 211 or toll-free 1-877-330-3213
- Provides 24/7 assistance in getting connected to community, social, health-related and government services in your local area
- Fem’aide: toll-free 1-877-336-2433
- Provides 24/7 crisis counselling and referral services for Francophone & French-speaking women
Public Health Insurance
- Health Card Information – This page has all the information you may need about obtaining, renewing or changing your OHIP card. From Service Ontario.
- OHIP Eligibility of Canadian-Born Children whose Parents are Not Eligible – Information on registering your child for OHIP if you are not eligible. From the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Midwifery for Uninsured Clients – Information related to how uninsured mothers can receive care from a midwife in Ontario.
Cultural, Religious, & Community Groups
- Allianceon – A list of Community Health Centers in Ontario.
- Cultural & Language Groups – Use this link to find cultural and language groups in GTA.
- Cultural & Language groups – This website provides a list of cultural and language groups in Toronto.
- HeritageTrust Places of Worship Inventory – A list of places of worship in Ontario.
- Black Mom’s Connection – A community group that offers a Facebook group and a safe space for Black women to connect, share and unite.
- Midwifery handout – Explains what services are covered while clients are in midwifery care, and what they will still have to pay out of pocket for (e.g. hospital stays).
- How do I find a midwife? – Information on how to find a midwife in Ontario. From Settlement.Org.
- Midwifery in Ontario – Information about midwives and services provided by midwives in Ontario. From the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- How to Find a Social Worker – This link provides details of how to find a social worker in Ontario.
- Community Mental Health services – For the Toronto area.
- The Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-268-1154
- Crisis line open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Visit www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca for information about mental health services in Ontario.
- Ontario Telehealth: 1-866-797-0007
- Crisis line open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call for health information from a Registered Nurse.
- Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
- Crisis line open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call for suicide prevention support.
- Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
- General: 416-408-4357
- GTA: 416-408-4357
- Peel: 905-459-7777
- Gerstein Crisis Centre: 416-929-5200
- Available 4 hours a day 7 days a week
Women’s Resources (Referral Needed)
- Mount Sinai Hospital — Perinatal Mental Health Program
- 700 University Ave., 3rd floor, Toronto, ON
- 416-586-4800 ext 8325; 416-586-4800 ext. 8630 (for questions about the telemedicine program)
- Services: consultation, assessment, ongoing patient care (in clinic or virtually)
- Eligibility: women 18+ who are planning on having a baby, are pregnant, or have a baby and are at risk of developing mental health challenges/are experiencing anxiety or depression.
- Referrals: fax to 416-586-8596 (fill out perinatal referral form on their website)
- Sunnybrook Hospital — Women’s Mood & Anxiety Clinic: Reproductive Transitions
- 2075 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON
- 416-480-5677; fax: 416-480-7842
- Services: assessment, treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, education to family members, short-term group and individual therapy
- Eligibility: women experiencing mood issues across lifespan, including during pregnancy and postpartum
- Referrals: fax online referral form
- Women’s College Hospital — Reproductive Life Stages Program
- 76 Grenville St., 7th floor, Toronto, ON
- Services: education, psychotherapy, medication, along with a multidisciplinary team approach to helping depression and anxiety prenatally and postpartum.
- Referral: from GP or midwife. Fax to 416-323-6356
Women’s Resources (No Referral Needed)
- Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
- 2 Carlton St., suite 500, Toronto, ON
- Services: classes to help prepare women for the birth of their children. Education on healthy birthing, labour and delivery, exercise, nutrition, breastfeeding etc.
- Eligibility: racialized women, 16+, from African, Black, Caribbean, Latin American and South American communities
- Healthy Babies Healthy Children
- Services: weekly postpartum group or phone check in through Toronto Public Health nurses
- Eligibility: women who have recently given birth or have adopted a child and are experiencing episodes of postpartum adjustment
- No OHIP card needed, service is free and voluntary
- Referral: can self-refer by calling Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or by using e-chat via their website
- Parkdale Community Health Centre — Postpartum Mood Disorders Group
- 1229 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
- 416-537-8222 ext 3303
- Services: Women’s Connection Program offers weekly maternal support on Tuesdays from 2-4pm; Prenatal Women’s Support Group on Thursdays from 10-11:30am or 1:30-3pm. Get support and information from nurses, dieticians, settlement workers, and counsellors, as well as snacks and a bag of groceries. Child care is provided.
- Eligibility: open to birthing, non-birthing and adoptive mothers and their partners/families.
- Referrals: self-referral; call 416-537-8222 and speak to Grazyna at ext. 3303 or Isabel at ext. 3305
- East Toronto Postpartum Adjustment Program
- 955 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON — 416-469-7608
- Services: Weekly postpartum group/phone check in from Toronto Public Health nurses.
- Eligibility: Women who have recently given birth and are experiencing mental health challenges. It is a self-referral program.
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Authors | Claire Dong, Dilini Kekulawala, Brintha Sivajohan
| Liz Dayo, Kimya Manouchehri, Avika Misra, Hannah Roberts, Vaishvi Patel (Reproductive Health)
| Ishita Aggarwal, Carly Alfano, Balsam Arwini (Sexual Health)
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