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Basic Needs resources are resources such as food, housing (including shelters), transportation and temporary financial assistance.

You may also be interested in the following subheadings:

1. Child Welfare including Children's Aid Society (CAS)

The child welfare / child protection system is a group of services that promote the well-being of children by protecting children from abuse or neglect, ensuring they are safe, and strengthening families so that they can successfully care for their children.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

BC, Canada
1-800-661-8773 (Toll Free)
Area Served: British Columbia
12 - 21 years
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5623 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC, V5J 1G1 Map
604-669-1616
Area Served: British Columbia
All ages
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546 Yates Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1K8 Map
250-356-6710 x18004763933
Area Served: British Columbia
Up to 19 years
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3506 University Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7 Map
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4 Map
613-327-4317
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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2. Emergency Shelter and Housing

There are various shelters that people can use when they have no place to go.

 

Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they don't have a place to stay. Emergency shelters (such as women's shelters) are primarily meant for those fleeing an abusive relationship, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

 

Homeless shelters are temporary places to stay, usually meant for homeless people. Usually located in downtown areas, they are similar to emergency shelters. The main difference is that homeless shelters are usually open to anyone, without regard to the reason for need. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

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3. Food and Nutrition

This section has programs that provide food or low cost food to those in need.

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4. Housing and Home Supports

Housing services help individuals find and keep places to stay. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3 Map
416-661-9611
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Ottawa, ON Map
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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150 Gloucester St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0A6 Map
613-230-4663
Area Served: Canada
16 - 29 years
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

Salish Sea Counselling and Consulting
Victoria, BC
250-370-4301
Area Served: Vancouver Island
All ages
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4.1 Long-Term Care Facilities for Seniors

Long-term care facilities and homes (aka. "nursing home") are for people who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care and supervision within a secure setting. They provide a higher level of care and support than retirement homes or supportive housing. Long-term care homes are owned and operated by various organizations: 1) Nursing homes are usually operated by private corporations; 2) Municipal homes for the aged are owned by municipal councils. Many municipalities are required to build a home for the aged in their area, either on their own or in partnership with a neighbouring municipality; 3) Charitable homes are usually owned by non-profit corporations, such as faith, community, ethnic or cultural groups.

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4.2 Group Homes, Residential Care and Supported Housing

A group home is usually a single-family dwelling for special populations that need a supervised living environment. Common examples include children and youth in care, individuals with developmental or physical disabilities, individuals recovering from substance abuse, teenaged mothers, or victims of domestic violence.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

1833 rue Sherbrooke Est Bureau 101, Montreal, QC, H2K 1B4 Map
514-844-1661
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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4.3 Home Supports

Refers to supports and services provided in the person's home.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

1 Thorncliffe Place Suite, Ottawa, ON, K2H 9N9 Map
613-790-9355
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

Salish Sea Counselling and Consulting
Victoria, BC
250-370-4301
Area Served: Vancouver Island
All ages
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4.4 Respite Care and Child Care

Respite refers to short term, temporary care provided to parents (or caregivers) so that they (and their families) can take a break from the daily routine of caregiving, and can range from a few hours to enough time for a vacation. Despite the guilt that parents or caregivers may feel, respite care can be very helpful in relieving stress from caregivers and give them time to recharge. Respite care may include services to take care of children, or older adults, or even parents.

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5. Transportation

Having easy access to transportation is essential, whether its going to a doctor's appointment, getting to a job, or keeping up with your relationships. This section has transportation resources that may be specifically of interest to those with mental health needs.
 

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5.1 Driving Assessments

Sometimes one is required to provide a medical certificate in order to drive.

 

Occupational therapists can provide detailed assessments of driving ability at one of the following agencies listed below.

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6. Finances and Money

This section has resources about finances, money, grants, subsidies and other related information. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

ON, Canada
Area Served: Canada
Up to 18 years
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ON, Canada
1-866-741-0127
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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ON, Canada
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Catchment: Vancouver Island
Resource Guide developed by Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality (FORCE).
Posted: Jun 2, 2017
Language: EN
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