Women’s Health Centre

Immigrant Women’s Health Centre

Location: 489 College St., Suite 200, Toronto

Contact: 416-323-9986/ www.iwhctoronto.com

Hours: Mon/Tue/Fri 9am-5pm; Wed 1pm-8pm; Thu 10am-3pm

Fees: All services are free. Birth control and antibiotics are sold at minimal cost. Referrals to medical services or diagnostic testing done outside of IWHC Toronto may require payment.

Target population: Open to all * focus on immigrants and refugees, clients with language barriers, and people without status

Application: Drop in. No referral or identification required.


  • STI counselling, testing and treatment
  • Urinary and Vaginal infection counselling, testing and treatment
  • HIV counselling and testing (no rapid or anonymous testing; nominal testing only)
  • Hepatitis B counselling, testing, treatment and vaccines (free based on eligibility)
  • HPV counselling, testing and wart treatment
  • Pap tests
  • Birth Control prescriptions and low-cost sales
  • IUD Services: Pre-IUD counselling and testing; IUD insertion, follow-up and removal

Walk-in/Counselling Services:

  • Birth Control counselling and information
  • Birth Control Sales (You must have a valid prescription from our clinic to buy contraception here)
  • Free Condoms; Free Urine Pregnancy Tests
  • Pregnancy Counselling & Referral
  • Abortion Counselling & Referral
  • STI counselling
  • Emergency Contraception (Plan B) counselling and sales

Frances Bloomberg Centre for Women’s and Infant’s Health

Location: OPG Building 700 University Ave, 8th Fl, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z5

Contact: 416-586-4800 ext. 4621/ www.mountsinai.on.ca

Hours: Daily 24 hours. Call or visit the website

Fees: Most services covered under OHIP

Application: Medical referral required

Services: Program providing a wide range of  obstetrical, gynecological and neonatal support

Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health – Provides comprehensive assisted reproductive technologies and diagnostic services for reproductive and hormonal problems

Mature Women’s Health Program – Advanced consultation services for women experiencing difficult menopausal symptoms

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – Provides care to babies after birth who require special medical attention * meet with high risk mothers before birth to discuss care for their baby and expectations for when the baby is born

Postnatal Ambulatory Clinic (PNAC) – Services for postpartum patients within the first seven days after birth

Prenatal Diagnosis and Medical Genetics Program – Provides medical genetic consultation, prenatal diagnosis and counselling services for parents

Prenatal Education Program – Public health programs for pregnant mothers and families with young child * classes and workshops * breastfeeding classes * preparing for childbirth and labour * parenting classes

Special Pregnancy Program – Provides investigation and management of the full range of maternal, fetal and placental difficulties that may occur during pregnancy * fetal medicine, maternal medicine, prenatal genetics

Women’s Unit – Comprehensive medical care for women of all ages

Immigrant, Newcomer and Refugee Services

Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto

Location: 745 Danforth Ave, Suite 402, Toronto, ON M4J 1L4C

Contact: 416-469-0196/ www.newcomerwomen.org

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, also Thu 5pm-9pm

Fees: None

Application: Call or drop in. Registration required from some programs.

Target Population: Immigrant and refugee women, including Canadian women and their families


Settlement Services — counselling, individual or group integration and orientation assistance * information and referral in the areas of training and education, legal assistance, health care, housing, interpretation, translation * form filling * employment program * English conversation circle

English Language Program — participates in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) in English, upon assessment by YMCA of Greater Toronto — see separate entry * childminding available

NEW Employment Services — online job postings * food handler certification course for qualified applicants * for additional services see separate listing

Newcomer Women’s Network — peer support, drop-in, childminding available Thursday evenings only

Sewing Entrepreneurship for Women in Toronto — 12 week program covering business planning and sewing projects * for self-identified women receiving Ontario Works

Zumba — registration required * physical activity program offered in partnership with Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre

WoodGreen Community Services

Location: 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 300, Toronto, ON

Contact: 416-645-6000 ext 2100/2200/ www.woodgreen.com

Hours: Mon- Thur 9am- 5pm; Fri 9am -12:30pm

Fee: None

Application: Call for appointment or drop in

Target Population: Immigrant and refugees. Mentorship for Internationally Trained Professionals

Services: orientation, counseling, English Language Programs, settlement and employment, workshops, job search support, mentorship, connection to employers, employment bridging programs for internationally-trained professionals, certified Microsoft computer training, youth programs, self-help networks, newcomer volunteer program, social and recreational activities

Employment and Social Services

Golden Mile Office

Location: Golden Mile Mall, 1880 Eglinton Ave E, Unit 139, Toronto, ON

Contact: 416-392-2823/ www.toronto.ca/humanservices

Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm; Tue 8:30 am-6 pm

Fees: None

Application: Apply online

Target Population: Toronto residents 18 years and older in financial need, determined by a review of income, assets and living expenses * youth 16-17 years may be eligible * people not eligible for social assistance benefits may qualify for one-time help with medical costs


Financial Assistance– Monthly allowance based on family size, housing costs and income * prescription drug coverage under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program * health benefits including medical supplies, sensory and mobility aids, medical transportation * discretionary benefits may include dentures, emergency dental services, eyeglasses, prosthetic devices, funerals and burials

Housing Stabilization Fund — help with rent and energy arrears, rent deposit, moving costs and essential furniture * Employment Start-Up Benefit — covers costs related to starting a job or work placement * Families with Children — newborn child allowance, child care start-up costs, basic dental care for children

Social Supports– Referral to community and government services including child care, housing, addiction supports, health and mental health services, food banks, legal services, supports for youth, seniors and persons with disabilities * help in pursuing child or spousal support

Employment Assistance — clients 18-65 years must participate in employment assistance activities unless they are living with a serious disability or illness, or caring for preschool children

Employment Centre — walk-in job search centre * access to computers, Internet, social media, laser printer, scanner, photocopier, telephone * career planning * workshops * assistance with resumes and interview skills * resource materials, job banks, labour market information * referrals for education and upgrading, work and volunteer placements, self-employment and entrepreneurship

Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) — helps young parents finish high school, improve parenting skills, locate and maintain employment

Flemingdon Park Employment Centre- Ontario Employment Services

Location:10 Gateway Blvd, Unit 105, Toronto, ON

Contact: 416-645-2489/ www.skillsforchange.org

Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Thurs 5pm-8pm

Fees: None

Application: Call or visit the website

Target Population: anyone, including people with jobs, those who are under-employed, people looking for work, students, apprentices, internationally trained individuals, employers, people who are unemployed and out of school, any youth 15-29 years, including students who reside in Ontario and are eligible to work in Canada

Services: Comprehensive employment and job search services * assessment of skills, interests and experience * job search strategies, including resume preparation * information about careers and occupations, local labour market, employment and training opportunities * on-the-job training, work experience * help in maintaining employment * information and referral to other employment and community services

Crisis Pregnancy and Maternity

Jessie’s Centre

Location: 205 Parliament St., Toronto Ontario

Contact: 416-365-1888/ www.jessiscentre.org

Hours: Mon- Tues 9am-6:30pm, Wed -Thu 9am- 5pm, Fri 9am-2pm administration crisis only

Fees: None

Application: Contact counsellor for appointment

Target Population: Pregnant young women and young mother/fathers and their children


Counselling/case management – personal counselling, information, advocacy, and referrals to other services about sexuality, birth control, abortion, adoption, and parenting

Health Services — free pregnancy tests, specialized prenatal classes, individual health counselling and nutrition group * on site nurse * doctor visits once per week * help to find a health care provider

Housing Support — help to search rental listing, contact landlords to arrange site viewings and interviews, accompany to view units * help to fill out applications for subsidized and specialized priority housing

Practical Help — help with practical life details * Swap Shop — free items such as baby clothes and equipment, maternity clothes, toys and small household items * free lunches and public transit trip to and from Jessie’s Centre * accompaniments to appointments * help filling out applications and forms

Parenting Groups — to discuss infant and child development, parenting skills * fun activities

Respite Care Program — let parents under 25 year old to take a temporary, overnight break * parent child centre

High School Education — individualized programs that allow the students to earn compulsory and elective high school credits from grade 9-12

Community Education — leadership training through high school presentation about healthy sexuality and pregnancy options

Low Income Support Services

Parkdale Intercultural Association

Location: 1365 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON

Contact: 416-536-1783/ www.piaparkdale.com

Hours:  Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat 9:30 am-3 pm

Fee: None

Application: Drop in or call for appointment

Target Population: Open to all LINC programs- permanent residents, landed immigrants, or     Convention refugees


Settlement Program and Newcomer Settlement Program — needs assessment and referral, information and orientation * translation and interpretation * assistance with government applications and form filling * citizenship classes and facilitation of ceremonies in partnership * drivers licence written test preparation classes * computer classes * participates in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) in English, upon assessment by YMCA of Greater Toronto, childminding and TTC tokens available — see separate entry

Employment services— drop-in resource centre * referral to employment centres * job search training * resume preparation * workshops * access to computers, Internet, fax, photocopier

Newcomer Youth Program — social, educational and recreational services * information and outreach * employment assistance * peer tutoring * leadership development * in partnership with Parkdale Community Information Centre, 1303 Queen St W

Educational and cultural activities— year round income tax clinic for up to 10 years past by appointment, seasonal income tax clinic with West Neighbourhood House * anti-racism and access and equity programs * community events, festivals

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Centre- Neighbourhood Centre

Location: Secord Community Centre- 91 Barrington Ave., Toronto, ON

Contact: 416-698- 1626/ www.neighbourhoodcentre.org

Hours: Hours may vary. Please call ahead. Closed on statutory holidays.

Fee: Most services are free. Minimal cost for diapers, snow removal, and Good Food Box

Target Population: Residents of catchment area * adults 55 years and older * clients receiving Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits, low-income seniors and newcomers

Services: community information and referral * free computer access * play groups * parenting workshops * diaper club * recreational and educational programs for seniors * snow removal registry for seniors * seasonal income tax clinic (February-April) * Good Food Box distribution

Parenting Education

Location: 825 Coxwell Ave., Toronto, ON

Contact: 416-469- 6130/ www.tehn.ca/programs-services/family-birthing-cent…

Hours: Hours vary.

Application: Call for inquiries.

Fee: Set fee $45/person or $80/couple


Tours – prenatal tours of the Family Birthing Centre on Thursday evenings at 6pm * registration required

Prenatal Classes – preparation for birth experience including pregnancy, birth and early weeks with the baby

Breastfeeding Classes – information about initiating breastfeeding, how to prepare, common challenges, baby positioning, etc. * Monday nights 7pm-8pm

Baby Care Classes – education on basic skills of caring for a new baby, such as bathing and diapering * Wednesday or Thursday evenings 7:30pm-9:30pm

Grandparent Classes – learn how to support both adult children and new grandchildren * Wednesday evenings 7pm-10pm

Infant CPR Classes – education on how to handle emergency situations with infants * taught by a certified Heart and Stroke Instructor