The following numbers, shelters and programs listed are for Ontario and outside Toronto. Ontario residents can also reference Les Ressources Francophones for more resources.
Toronto Residents can reference Crisis Resources Toronto for city specific resources.
This page was last updated on August 4th 2021.
Calling the police can have minor to serious consequences for many community members. IBPOC communities are disproportionately harmed by emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) accessed via 911. Below are some alternative emergency services that can provide assistance if you or someone you know needs urgent support:
Assaulted Women’s Helpline - Supports women in violent situations, in multiple languages
Ontario Online and Text Crisis and Distress Service (ONTX)
Text 45645 anytime.
Twenty-four-hour distress and crisis lines: 416-408-HELP (4357)
A free & culturally safe telephone, text, and chat helpline for Aboriginal Women living in Northern Ontario. Available in English, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, and Cree.
LGBT Youth Line (Operates Sunday-Friday 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm)
The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
A list of 35 Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres across Ontario with a drop-down menu to locate the nearest centre.
Hamilton: Sacha Shelter
Ottawa: Sexual Assault Network (SAN)
Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault - for residents of Toronto, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay
A pilot program for survivors of sexual assault to receive up to 4 hours of legal advice from one or more lawyers by phone or in person. The assault must have taken place in Ontario to be eligible. Must be 16 years of age or older.
The Law Society of Ontario offers a free referral service where you can access 30 minutes of free legal advice from a lawyer or paralegal.
Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for low-income people in Ontario
They have a listing of Community Legal Clinics that operate in the GTA and specialize in various areas of law.