If you are struggling to meet some of your basic needs, you are not alone. We are here to help you feel safe and cared for. YSB community services are designed to provide food, shelter, safety, health services.
Youth Ottawa (formerly Child and Youth friendly Ottawa) is a not-for-profit charity that envisions an Ottawa where youth drive positive change. Our vision is based on our belief in youth. We support Ottawa youth by encouraging them to seize opportunities, harness their ideas and spark change.
Are you having language trouble in and around the National Capital Region? Click below for information on your rights!
Canada's Youth Diversity Initiative is Canada's national organization to support and encourage the work of youth to address discrimination in their schools and communities.
A toll-free service provided by youth for youth that offers support, information and referrals specific to your concerns.
MASC is a bilingual, registered charity committed to connecting artists and learning by providing schools and communities with experiences of artistic excellence and creative process. MASC brings the arts and culture alive for nearly 140,000 children and youth each year in eastern Ontario and West Québec.
Peer-led discussion and support group for GLBTTQ youth ages 12 to 25. Meetings are held every Wednesday.
Ontario has two social assistance programs for people in financial need: Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. The Eligibility Estimator is a quick way to find out if you might qualify for one or both of these programs. It takes about 2 - 5 minutes.
Social Assistance Eligibility Estimator website
A leadership retreat for youth from LGBTTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and queer) communities.
A youth-focused website with various sexual health questions and answers, resources for youth, educators and service providers.
Youth Net/Réseau Ado (YN/RA) Ottawa is a bilingual regional mental health promotion and intervention program run by youth, for youth.
Website: Ontario Works
Website: Ottawa Office Information
The SIN card is necessary for application to a bank account, jobs, and many government services, such as OW and more.
Are you having trouble finding a job? Have a great idea for a new business? Try starting your own! There are immense resources on this website.
Need help finding a job? Need new skills? Click the link to find out more resources available to you!
CHEO provides a range of specialized mental health services for children and youth, including prevention, early intervention and more intensive diagnostic and treatment services. They can help you with a range of issues, including but not limited to: ADHD, Depression, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Psychosis, Self Harm, Social Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Suicide, gender identity issues.
Read more about CHEO's Mental Health Program for youth:
If you are looking for access to sexual and reproductive health services, information and education, visit this site.
Provides free HIV information services and support to people living with HIV and their caregivers.
Find a community health and resource centre in your area.
Located in Ottawa the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre is a non-profit, residential, and community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance abuse and related issues and to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Offers a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment where MTF, FTM, Cross-dressers, Two-Spirited, transgender individuals of all ages are free to express their gender identity
Fact sheets and information about Hepatitis A, B, and C.
Ottawa Public Health SITE VanStaffed by social worker and nurses, this van can come to you to provide harm reduction supplies and resources related to HIV, HCV testing.
If you are unsure of how to dispose of your needles, or know someone who is, click the link for information on how to keep the community safe.
Information for you! Learn about healthy relationships, unhealthy relationships, safe sex, community resources, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), healthy eating, physical activity, and Parenting and Pregnancy
This gives details on the forms and procedures necessary to obtain an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) Card, necessary for most medical care.
PYO’s mission is to empower, support, and affirm the lives of young people under 30 living with HIV.
Free counselling, information, testing for healthy sexuality, including information on STIs (sexually transmitted infections), contraception, HIV, and more.
Somerset West CHC Harm Reduction Van
Staffed by harm reduction outreach workers, this van can come to you to provide harm reduction supplies and resources.
Can assist you in making well-informed and safer decisions about sexual health, substance use, HCV, HIV.
The Poz-Youth youth-group offers you a place where you can talk and share with other people that are going through the same things as you.
251 Bank Street, Suite 700
Phone: 613-238-5014 ext. 232
Young people and New Canadians who have never filed an income tax return should check out the 90-minute course at the link below. Everything you need to know!
Canada Revenue Agency
This page includes information for sole support parents, persons fleeing abuse, youth under 18, and those needing emergency shelters/unable to work, and anyone else who is in desperate need of financial aid and living costs.
Mental Health Services
Source for local mental health help, information and events in the Ottawa region.
This Helpline is a service that is operated by PLEO. It is for parents and caregivers of children and youth up to the age of 24. The people who will answer your call are parents who have their own experience supporting their child through the mental health system. If you think people don't "get-it"—they do. They can help you understand the services in the community that might benefit you and your child. PLEO also offers Parent Support Groups where parents can connect with others who have gone through something similar and share resources and experiences. PLEO is there to support parents; a friendly ear when you need one. You can call them at 613-321-3211 or visit www.pleo.on.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The new mentality is a group of youth who are gathering to promote mental health across the country. Click to check out how you can become a part of it!
This site is dedicated to preventing suicide among youth aged 14 to 24.
Suicide Prevention Network of Ottawa
To access their online presence, please go to: www.facebook.com/PreventingSuicide. To read the "Know what to do" guide and obtain resources to help a young person thinking of suicide, please click here. To contact the Suicide Safer Community Network of Ottawa, please contact Andrea Poncia at aponcia[at]ysb.on.ca
If you need help coping with the loss of a friend who has just committed suicide, or are interested in maintaining your good mental health, click below.
Youth Justice Services
In trouble with the law? Find out how to ask for legal aid and what service can be expected when legal aid is offered. Types of issues legal aid can assist with include: housing, criminal (both adult and young offenders), mental health hearing, family, and immigration/refugee, denial of ODSP or OW, and help preparing for court.
JHS provides housing, non-residential, and diversion programming, and facilitation for your future goals by helping you stay out of the justice system, and avoid re-entering it!