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Since Toronto declared the city a Sanctuary City, many city services are supposed to be accessible to all people irrespective of immigration status. While this does not include most healthcare services it does include things like shelters, community recreation facilities, schools, daycares and more. To see what is accessible and what is not in the City of Toronto, click here.
A. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRES
Community Health Centres can see people without OHIP for doctors appointments, tests, and specialist visits, but they usually see patients that live in their area only. To look up a community health centre near you, go to this site or call the Association of Ontario Health Centres at 416 236-2539. The following community health centres are accessible to people based on certain characteristics and not their address. Call first to see if they are taking patients.
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
A community health centre for women of colour.
2 Carlton Street, Suite 500, Toronto, 416-593-7655
A community health centre for French-speaking people
22 College St, Toronto, 416-922-2672
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
A community health centre for immigrants and refugees.
3079 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, 416-693-8677
761 Jane Street Suite 200B, Toronto, 416-760-8677
340 College Street, Suite 500, Toronto, 416-324-8677
Anishwnawbe Health Toronto
A community health centre for people who identify as indigenous to North or South America.
225 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-360-0486
179 Gerrard, St E, Toronto, 416-920-2605
22 Vaughan Rd, Toronto, 416-657-0379
Sherbourne Health Centre
A community health centre which has a family health team specifically for LGBTQ individuals.
333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, 416-324-4180
Inner City Family Health Team
A family health team which sees men who have ever stayed at Seaton House Men’s Shelter
69 Queen St East, 4th Floor, Toronto, 416-368-5666.
B. TORONTO’S CLINICS FOR THE UNINSURED
These clinics do not require you to be a patient in advance. You can show up for the drop-in clinics or make an appointment for those that require it. These clinics will do their best to help you get the tests you need but may not be able to pay for them.
Scarborough Community Volunteer Clinic for the Uninsured
4158 Sheppard Avenue East (Midland & Sheppard)
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5-8pm.
FCJ Refugee Centre
208 Oakwood Avenue (St. Clair & Oakwood)
Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
416-469-9754 – by appointment only.
NIWIC (Non-Insured Walk-In Clinic)
761 Jane Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto (St. Clair & Jane)
Monday and Thursday, 4 pm to 7:30 pm, midwife onsite on Monday evenings.
The Muslim Welfare Centre of Toronto – Free Medical Clinic
100 McLevin Ave. Suite#4A & 4 (Markham Rd & Sheppard)
To book an appointment call: 416-754-8116, for full schedule, check website.
On clinic day call at: 416-291-1027
Welcome Medical Clinic
New Best Care Medical Centre
Unit #4, 790 Burnhamthorpe West (Mavis & Burnhamthorpe)
Mississauga, ON, L5C 4G3
(Park behind the Red Lobster or take the #26 Bus)
To book an appointment, call 647-200-3353. No Walk-ins.
Please leave voicemails in English or have someone do that for you.
Upcoming clinic dates: All from 2-5pm on Sundays. October 6th (confirmed), October 27th (confirmed), November 17th (confirmed).
Questions? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
C. MIDWIFERY SERVICES
In Ontario, midwifery services are not tied to health insurance, so you don’t need OHIP to see a midwife. Any pregnant woman can be referred to a midwife for care, however, if the woman has a high-risk pregnancy, she may need to see an obstetrician. Click here for a Map of Midwifery Clinics in Ontario.
D. TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH SEXUAL HEALTH CLINICS
TPH sexual health clinics provide sexual health services such as assessments for birth control, pap testing, sexual infection screening and sexual health counseling. They do not require an OHIP card. They also sell birth control at lower prices than the pharmacy.
Immigrant Women’s Health Centre
489 College St, Toronto ON
Drop-in and appointment.
Hassle Free Clinic
66 Gerrard St E, Toronto
Drop-in and appointment.
E. HEALTH SERVICES FOR HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT OHIP
Adelaide Resource Centre for Women
A drop-in centre for street-involved women that also has a health clinic with a nurse, case worker and doctor.
67 Adelaide St. East, Toronto ON
Inner City Health Associates
ICHA has clinics with family doctors or psychiatrists in approximately 40 shelters and drop-in centres in Toronto. In order to seek health services, you must be experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Look through a map of services on the website.
F. INFORMATION PHONE LINES
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
Free, confidential telephone service to get advice from a nurse. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can offer translation support in multiple languages.
The Ontario AIDS and Sexual Health Information Line
The Ontario AIDS and Sexual Health Info Line provides free, multi-lingual information and anonymous counselling, as well as referral to community service agencies on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, safer sex options and harm reduction in intravenous drug use. You may also inquire into anonymous HIV testing locations.
Contact them at: 1-800-668-2437 or 416-392-2437.
Canadian for Choice
If you are pregnant and would like to speak to someone about your options please call toll-free: 1-888-642-2725
G. COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINICS
For help with legal concerns, find a community legal clinic near you or call:
Legal Aid Ontario
Atrium on Bay, 40 Dundas Street West Suite 200, 416-979-1446
Website: www.legalaid.on.ca Email: email@example.com
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Services for women who have experienced domestic violence or assault
489 College Street, Suite 503 -416-323-9149
South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 106A, Toronto, 416-487-6371
Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
180 Dundas Street West
Suite 1701, Toronto, 416-971-9674