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Help For Newcomers

In this section you will find community and other resources that we have found helpful in our journeys through the mental health system, and through migration.

Multilingual Mental Health Services

Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Services
Tel: 416-324-8677

Across Boundaries, An Ethnoracial Mental Health Organization
Tel: 416-787-3007

Afghan Women’s Counselling and Integration Community Support Organization
Tel: 416-588-3585

Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
Tel: 416-363-1066

Hong Fook Mental Health Association
Tel: 416-493-4242

Sabawoon Afghan Family Education and Counselling Centre
Tel: 416-293-4100

Consumer/Survivor-Run Initiatives

Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre
Tel: 416-537-2262

Progress Place
Tel: 416-323-0223

Sound Times
Tel: 416-979-1700

Health Services

Here is a list of four health care clinics which offer health services for refugees with no or limited IFH (interim federal health) coverage.

1) Community Volunteer Clinic for the Medically Uninsured
1125 Markham Road, unit 1, Scarborough, M1H 2Y5
416-264-4446 X 900
Hours of operation: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm

2) Muslim Welfare Centre (Head Office)
100 McLevin Avenue, Suite 4A and 4, Scarborough M1B 2V5
Hours of operation: 1st Wednesday of month: 5 pm to 7 pm
3rd Friday of month: 11 am to 2 pm
Last Friday of month: 5 pm to 8 pm
They also operate: Muslim Welfare Home Whitby: 905-665-0424
Muslim Welfare Home Mississauga: 905-281-9730.

3) Women’s College Hospital Refugee Health Clinic – Crossroads Refugee Health Centre
77 Grenville Street, 4th Floor, Toronto M5S 1B2

4) Christie Refugee Welcome Centre – Refugee Health Centre

43 Christie Street, Toronto, M6G 3B1
416-588-9277 X 28

Settlement Services

As a newcomer, you may have many questions. Settlement services (free and often offered in many languages) can give you the help you need as you adjust to Ontario.


Access Alliance  provides a wide range of programs and services for immigrants and refugees living in the City of Toronto. Working through partnerships, they help develop innovative responses to newcomer issues.


Afghan Women’s Organization
Tel: 416-588-3585



Bloor Information & Life Skills Centre
Tel: 416-531-4613



Culture Link Settlement




POLYCULTURALPolycultural Immigrant & Community Services
Tel: 416-533-9471



Scadding Court Community Centre
Tel: 416-392-0335




South Asian Women’s Centre
Tel: 416-537-2276





Toronto Chinese Community Association
Tel: 416-977-4026







Working Skills Centre
Tel: 416-703-7770



Other Helpful Places

Central Toronto Youth Services
Tel: 416-924-2100

Hassle Free Clinic
Tel: 416-922-2018

Mount Sinai Hospital, Community Mental Health Program
Tel: 416-586-9900

St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Women’s Health Centre
Tel: 416-530-6850

Women’s Counselling, Referral and Education Centre
Tel: 416-534-7501

Resource Guides

Navigating Mental Health Services in TO Guide for Newcomer Communities

This guide was written to help new Canadians find their way to mental health services.
Newcomers must cope with many stressful challenges.  This guide will hopefully help people when they or a family member is dealing with mental health issues so that accessing and understanding mental health services will be less confusing and they will know what to expect better.

Making Choices Guide

A comprehensive guide to mental health services, supports and resources in the City of Toronto.

Helpful Links
The Settlement.Org website provides newcomers with information and resources to settle in Ontario, Canada.
Here you will find news items, events and job listings for professionals in the settlement sector of Ontario.
Since 1974, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights information to help people who have low incomes or face other barriers, such as language or literacy, to understand and exercise their legal rights.
Guiding newcomers to Ontario.
A directory of over 20 000 community, social, health and government services.
Mental Health Helpline.  ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, mental health or gambling.
The LGBTQ Settlement Network
The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) was developed by OCASI to share resources and increase organizational capacity across the sector to more effectively serve LGBTQ newcomers.








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