Community & Health Information Databases and Directories
Health Gateway has put together this list of community information databases and various health-related directories that you may find helpful to meet some of your needs. Click on these links to find out about a variety of supports, programs and services available in your community.
211 is a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in the province of Ontario.
211Ontario.ca provides information about child care, language classes, job searches, housing, emergency shelters, services for persons with disabilities, home support, legal assistance, financial assistance, and much more.
Most of the services listed on 211Ontario.ca are provided by non-profit, community-based or government organizations that provide a direct service to the public.
Findhelp Information Services has operated 211Toronto.ca as a portal to specialized information and referral databases in Toronto. 211Toronto.ca is the public, online version of the database used by information and referral specialists for the 211 telephone service. 211Toronto.ca provides comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information on services provided by non-profit, community-based organizations or the public sector. 211Toronto.ca is your connection to information about community, social, health and government services. It is a great source of information about child care, language classes, job searches, housing, emergency shelters, services for persons with disabilities, home support, legal assistance, financial assistance, and much more.
AIDSLEX (the AIDS and Law Exchange), a web portal is a tool for activists, community organizations, researchers, policy-makers, journalists, health workers and anyone who seeks quick and easy access to a wide range of resources about HIV, human rights and the law. It helps people around the world communicate and share information, materials and strategies, with the ultimate goal of contributing to a global effort to protect and promote the human rights of people living with or vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. AIDSLEX (the AIDS and Law Exchange) gives concrete meaning to a “rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS”.
Community Arthritis Resource Guide
Individuals can use this database to find information about different types of arthritis, fitness and exercise programs, assistive devices, arthritis specialists, healthcare providers, nutrition and much more. Searching by keyword, category and by postal code is available to find resources in the neighborhood .
Community Care Resources Toronto
Toronto Community Care Resources are local organizations that can help you access government-funded home care services and long-term care homes. Toronto Community Care Resources will provide you with information and access to qualified care providers and link you to the many services, health agencies that are available in your community. Toronto Community Care Resources are funded and regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and coordinate a variety of health services to maintain an individual's health, independence and quality of life.
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
CLEO is a community legal clinic, founded in 1974, that specializes in public legal education. CLEO is administered by a volunteer board of directors, and funded by Legal Aid Ontario and the Department of Justice Canada. Staff include lawyers, editors and support staff. Most of their publications are written for people with low incomes, and other disadvantaged groups, including immigrants and refugees, seniors, women and injured workers. Community legal clinics, agencies and organizations also use their publications to help clients with legal problems. By describing the law as simply and clearly as possible, these materials help people understand and exercise their legal rights.
Home & Community Support Services
Search by Service or City, for services outside Toronto. Home & Community Support services are for people who need help to function independently because of a disability, illness or limitation due to aging. Known as Home Care, Home Health Care and Community Care, these services help people live at home and keep connected with their community.
Community support services assist seniors, people with disabilities and individuals with special needs to remain comfortably and safely at home in their own communities. Community support is based on a firm philosophy that values friendly, caring and personalized service, in order to enhance self esteem and promote independence. This Service Finder allows you to locate the community support agency nearest you.
This directory provides access by geographical location to community services in Ontario. Detailed information about community care services, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other health facilities, health care professionals and programs is available for each region of Ontario.
Online database Self Help Resources
Ontario Benefits Directory
The Self Help Resource Centre strengthens communities across Ontario by promoting peer support groups that facilitate positive outcomes for people who are facing diverse life transitions and challenges. The Self-Help Resource Centre supports self-help and mutual-aid initiatives, support and training for group members and professionals looking to integrate self-help strategies into their work.
The Ontario Benefits Directory is a simple, easy and convenient point of access to many provincial benefit and tax credit programs, designed to meet the unique needs of all Ontarians - families, individuals, seniors, Aboriginal people, persons with a disability and students. The Ontario Benefits Directory makes it easier to find information about a program, determine if you are eligible, find out how to apply, get updates about changes to a program, and learn about new programs.
Ontario Drug Rehab Centres Directory
The Canadian Drug Rehab Centres directory was created to address the increasing demand for current and comprehensive resources relating to residential treatment programs and outpatient rehabilitation programs in Canada. With the assistance of professionals within the addictions recovery industry, Canadian Drug Rehab Centres is dedicated to providing a wide-ranging selection of the most up-to-date listings for drug rehab centers, alcohol treatment centers, residential treatment centers, recovery homes, outpatient addiction programs, support programs, and others.
Persons with Disabilities Online
Through the use of information technology, Persons with Disabilities Online provides integrated access to information, programs and services for persons with disabilities, their families, their caregivers, service providers and all Canadians. The website provides a variety of information, including accessibility, advocacy, assistive technology, employment, community participation, health, safety, and security, learning and skills development, as well as tax and transportation/travel information for persons with disabilities.
Smokers’ Helpline is an interactive, web-based service of the Canadian Cancer Society, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week offering tips, tools and support to help with quitting smoking.
There are two main parts to this online service: the self directed quit program and the online community. The quit program contains various quit plan exercises and tools to help you better understand your smoking. Through the online community people can share their experiences, gain inspiration and support from others to help them through their quit.