Support Services

This section lists many support services and agencies/associations for different medical concerns. Where possible, I have listed the Ontario contacts so that people from all corners of Ontario can connect with their local chapter. The list is in alphabetical order…titles are not started with “The”, “Ontario” & “Canadian”. Hopefully this will be a quicker reference for you.

I am starting with Telehealth Ontario because, whenever in doubt, but you don’t think you need to go to a hospital, please call Telehealth for advice.

Helping Hands

Is a free 24/7 service where a registered nurse will answer your immediate health concerns:

Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000

Al-Anon Family Groups is a community resource providing support to anyone affected by a relative or friend’s drinking. Link

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, nondenominational, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. Link

The Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society of Ontario is an organization of practicing physicians who strive to provide high quality medical services to the public, through consultation by referral from other physicians, as well as through public service education. Link

The ALS Society of Ontario is a non-profit organization helps to provide the necessary equipment and support services to those living with ALS as well as to provide funding to the ALS Society of Canada towards research for a cure. The organization consists of a small staff, located throughout the province, and an army of dedicated volunteers. Link

The Alzheimer Society of Canada identifies, develops and facilitates national priorities that enable its members to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s and related diseases, promotes research and leads the search for a cure. Link

The Arthritis Society offers a wide range of programs and resources dealing with arthritis. These services can benefit people with arthritis as well as family members and caregivers. Link

This organization is dedicated to helping in the development of children growing up in primarily lone-parent families.

From the age 6 until 16 young girls face intense and constant developmental challenges.  These challenges are confusing, intimidating and unavoidable.  It is important that girls not face these challenges alone or without guidance. Link

Birthright can help you in making decisions about your pregnancy. They will help you to know the many options that are available.  Birthright is prepared to help you whether you are single or married, regardless of race, age or religion. Link

CNIB is a registered charity, providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. Link

OBIA (Ontario Brain Injury Association) is committed to maximizing the quality of life of individuals with brain injury, their family and friends through: Peer and community support about available services, resources and programs Public awareness of the causes, impact and prevention of brain injury, and advocacy on behalf of those affected. Link

The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every person in Canada affected by a brain tumour with support, education and information, and to funding brain tumour research. Link

This is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. Link

The Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association offers community-based support to people diagnosed with celiac disease and those adversely affected by gluten. Link

The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP) is an organization committed to supporting independence, inclusion, choice and full integration of all persons with cerebral palsy (CP) in Ontario. Link

Childcan raises funds to provide responsive and compassionate support services to families facing the journey through childhood cancer – from diagnosis, treatment, recovery, or bereavement. Link

Established in 1984, Children’s Wish is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Since its inception, Children’s Wish has granted more than 18,000 wishes for children and their families and fulfills approximately 1000 wishes annually — granting nearly three wishes everyday — each being an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that child. The foundation has never refused a wish to an eligible child. Link

  1. To assist in the location of missing children.
  2. To provide educational materials to help prevent children from going missing.
  3. To be an information and resource centre on missing children.
  4. To coordinate efforts and assist stakeholders in the delivery of missing children service.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) believes that a cure will be found for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. To realize this, the CCFC is committed, first and foremost, to raise increasing funds for medical research. The CCFC also believes it is important to make all individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) aware of the Foundation, and educate these individuals, their families, health professionals and the general public about these diseases. Link

Cystic Fibrosis Canada has 18 volunteer Chapters located in Ontario. Chapter members raise funds for their community, promote public awareness for cystic fibrosis, serve as a local resource to partners, and support Canadians with cystic fibrosis and their families. Link

Canadian Deafblind Association Ontario Chapter is a registered charity and has provided services across the province to members of the deafblind community for over 20 years. CDBA Ontario is recognized within Canada and around the world as a leader in the provision of Intervenor Services. Link

Diabetes Canada believes all people living with diabetes in Canada should be given the opportunity to manage their diabetes to the best of their ability and to achieve their full health potential through equal access to needed care and support. Link

The Distress Centres across the province are community-based organizations that provide individuals in need with short-term empathetic listening and confidential telephone support.  Distress Centres are operated 24 hours a day by highly trained and caring volunteers. Link

DSAO is a not for profit, charitable organization with the mandate to “Enhance the Quality of Life for All Individuals who have Down Syndrome”. Link

For 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities. Thanks to our generous donors, we continue to offer programs that allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment. For families, Easter Seals is somewhere to turn for help when they need it. Link

Eating Disorders Support and Resource Centres offers safe and supportive environments to people who suffer from eating disorders and for their families and friends. Link

The Endometriosis Network (T.E.N.) was formed to provide support services, education and publication of information for people suffering from endometriosis. T.E.N. is committed to raising public awareness of endometriosis and the mystery surrounding the disease. T.E.N. promotes and encourages early diagnosis as well as the use of existing advanced technology in the treatment of endometriosis. T.E.N. encourages and supports medical and scientific research and study into the causes of endometriosis, with a view to developing means of prevention and treatment. Link

The Epilepsy Support Centres are non-profit organizations that are specifically concerned with the non-medical welfare of people with epilepsy. The goal is to enable people with epilepsy to fully participate in all aspects of community life. Link

This is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Link

The Canadian Hearing Society offers 17 programs and services to meet the needs of people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing. Link

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy. Link

Founded in 1956, Hemophilia Ontario is the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia Society. A volunteer driven organization, Hemophilia Ontario strives to improve the health and quality of life for all people with inherited bleeding disorders, and to find a cure. Link

The HIV/ AIDS Committee of Ontario is a community-based, organization providing HIV related services to people living with and concerned about HIV/AIDS. Link

The Huntington Society of Canada is a national network of volunteers and professionals united in the fight against HD since 1973.The Huntington Society of Canada aspires to a world free from Huntington disease. Link

The John Howard Society of Ontario is a not-for-profit, charitable organization providing a broad range of evidence-based and outcome-driven community services. The organization has a strong history of helping individuals and families who are at risk of, or who have come into conflict with the law. Link

Junior Achievement is a not for profit organization that mentors elementary and secondary school youth, through free financial literacy and entrepreneurial programs. These hands-on in class and after school experiential programs prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. The mission is to inspire and educate young Canadians to value free enterprise, understand business, economics, and develop leadership and financial literacy skills. Link

Since its creation in 1964, The Kidney Foundation has helped millions of Canadians suffering from kidney failure and related disorders such as hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Link

The Learning Disabilities Association offers a variety of programs and services: Advocacy, Consultations, Community Support, Workshops, Adult ADHD Support Group, Parent Support Group, and Programming for Children/Youth. Link

The CLF (Canadian Liver Foundation) promotes liver health and strives to reduce the incidence and impact of all liver disease. To achieve this goal, they work through our volunteer chapters across the country to improve public awareness and understanding of liver health and liver disease, raise funds for research and reach out to liver disease patients and their families. Link

The Lung Association is a leader in the prevention and control of chronic lung disease, asthma, tobacco cessation and prevention, and air quality and its effects on lung health. It provides education and support to people living with lung disease in Ontario. Link

Lupus Ontario is a team of caring and enthusiastic volunteers and staff who are passionately committed to helping those with lupus live longer and better by raising funds that deliver vital support, education, awareness and research. Link

Along with the national office, eight regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in need from coast-to-coast. Make–Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International, the largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 480,000 children since 1980. Link

The MS Society connects you to the information, resources and support needed to move your life forward. These supportive partners help navigate the challenges of MS unique to your situation. Link

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to finding a cure for neuromuscular disorders through well-funded research. Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s dedicated volunteers and staff across the country raise funds to enhance the lives of those affected by over 150 different kinds of neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources. Link

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the country. Link

In keeping with the Society’s mission to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, Osteoporosis Canada communicates concerns about various aspects of care across Canada to provincial and federal governments. Link

Oxfam Canada, founded in 1963, is an international development agency based in Canada, and is a registered charity. It is in Ottawa, Canada and it works with partner organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas. It focuses on the root causes of poverty, injustice and inequality, with the stated intent of creating self-reliant and sustainable communities. Link

Our mission is to help create a community where all children are cherished through advocacy, support and respite services. The purpose of our web site is to share information and offer awareness to parents of technologically dependent children. Link

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario is the voice of people living with Parkinson’s in Southwestern Ontario. The purpose of the Parkinson Society of Ontario is to ease the burden and find a cure through support services, education, advocacy and research. Link

The CPA (Canadian Paraplegic Association) assists persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. Link

From the time of its formation in 1926, the Legion has focused its efforts on the fight to secure adequate pensions and other well-earned benefits for veterans and their dependants. Acting as an advocacy agency on veterans’ behalf, the Legion deals directly with the Federal Government to ensure ex-military personnel and their dependants are treated fairly. Link

The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. Link

SARI Therapeutic Riding is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to helping children and young adults with special needs grow physically and socially through specialized horseback riding lessons. Link

Provides support services for individuals and families dealing with Schizophrenia and psychotic Illnesses in a sustainable and equitable manner across the province. Link

For 38 years, the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H), has been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.  SB&H was incorporated as a registered charity in 1973 and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The Association supports those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their families with the challenges brought on by these serious, disabling conditions. Link

St. Leonard’s Community Services is dedicated to promoting positive change in all persons who are or could be in conflict with the law to realize their potential, leading to a safer community. Link

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is a national charitable organization that makes dreams come true for children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. Sunshine is the only National Canadian charity fulfilling dreams for kids with severe disabilities as well as life-threatening illnesses. In fact, 80% of Sunshine kids are challenged by a severe physical disability. Link

Tetra Society recruits skilled volunteers to create customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities. There are 10 chapters in Ontario. Link

Thalidomide, a sedative prescribed to pregnant women to alleviate the symptoms associated with morning sickness, was marketed at the end of the 50’s and early 60’s, causing irreversible damage to fœtus development. More than a hundred Canadians were born with severe birth defects, forever affecting their quality of life. The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada, in addition to working with its members, took on the mandate of educating the public on the devastating consequences of this medication that remains available for other medical purposes and promote caution and vigilance with the use of any teratogenic product. Link

The Tinnitus Association provides practical information about tinnitus to every Canadian who suffers from this disorder. It encourages research to improve the understanding and treatment of tinnitus. Link

Established in 1976, the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada (TSFC) is the only federally registered, charitable organization of volunteers assisting individuals affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS) and its associated disorders. There are 7 chapters throughout Ontario. Link

Locally driven and governed, United Way is a non-denominational, registered charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of all people in our community and helping individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities reach their full potential. Link

The Association serves war amputees, and all Canadian amputees, including children. The Association encourage child amputees to develop a positive approach to living with amputation through comprehensive support programs. Link

You can give when you want, in the amount you wish, to the charities you choose, and in the manner that suits you best. Canada Helps offers donors the option of browsing causes or areas of interest that are close to their hearts, or the search capacity to find local entities, or even that specific group you support. Donors can give monthly, as well as can purchase charitable gift cards for family and friends. Donor’s privacy is protected. Link