Messages from MPP Jill Andrew
Updated: Nov 29
To contact MPP Andrew click here.
In a time when even the cheapest of rents in our city is well beyond the means of the average resident, it seems we can't expect our very basic rights to be respected and upheld, so we must do everything in our power to remain informed and share that information with the folks in our communities. This is why I created my Tenants' Guide!
Many of you would have received the 2023 issue in the mail, but it's also accessible online.
Please read this story, and if this is happening to you or someone you know: CONTACT MY OFFICE!
Community Updates & Events
Congratulations are in order for Hillcrest Village BIA who came in 1st at the TABIA Awards in the category "Streetscape Promotion and Communication." Well done, all!
Mental Health Supports
Family Service Toronto
Family Service Toronto Counselling Services offers individual, family and couple counselling. Counselling may be able to help you. Counselling helps people (from all walks of life) explore options, find solutions, develop coping strategies, identify strengths, locate information, provide resources and promote healing, resiliency and self-empowerment.
Our professional staff can work with you using a variety of tools and approaches including but not limited to cognitive behavior therapy, EMDR, Sensory Motor, Trauma informed therapy, narrative therapy and Emotional Focussed Therapy.
Fees: Charged on a sliding scale based on household income and are designed to be accessible for all income ranges for anyone living or working in the city of Toronto
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer – an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario on April 11, 1980. In her memory, the Clinic assists approximately 4,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation. We amplify women’s voices, and cultivate their skills and resilience. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that threaten women’s safety, dignity and equality.
Fees: Free for women-identifying survivors of violence
Catholic Family Services (in Toronto-St. Paul’s)
Our professional counselling staff help people resolve problems that challenge their lives. The helping process acknowledges the needs, strengths, values and goals of individuals and families. Our counsellors recognise and sensitively respond to differences in cultural, racial, gender, and religious backgrounds of clients.
Fee: Charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of his/her inability to pay fees.
Counselling and Support Services: Our registered Social Workers provide counselling, psychotherapy and support services to individuals 16 years of age and older who are experiencing problems with mental health issues, substance use, and other difficulties in their lives.
Social Work and Full Circle: Our registered Social Workers work with older adults and seniors, their families and caregivers to develop the skills and abilities to function independently, through counselling and case management. Social Workers also offer support groups for caregivers or bereaved persons.
Full Circle Art Therapy
Art Therapy is a mental health profession, which helps individuals externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. The guided creative process as well as the end product can be used to enhance a person’s emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being.
Fees: $100-145 but therapists offer sliding scale fees
YWCA Toronto: Healing Through the Arts
YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence.
Healing Through Expressive Arts: for women who have experienced violence or abuse
Stepping into Connection: an open group for women who may be new to group support and who have experienced violence or abuse
Creating Safety and Possibilities: for women dealing with the effects of intimate partner abuse.
Student therapists in the clinic receive a minimum of 3 ½ years of training, and some have many more years of diverse personal and professional experience. They will work with you in the present moment in a warm, honest and direct manner. All of the therapists have a supervisor and all of their client cases are reviewed confidentially. Neither the Student Clinic nor the Gestalt Institute of Toronto has access to your files or in any way manages or supervises the therapist’s practice.
Affordable Therapy Network
Provides an online database of therapists across Canada (incl. Toronto/Ontario) that provide low-cost ($50-$65) or sliding scale ($70-$120) rates. You’re able to reach out to individual therapists for consultations and filter based on therapy-type or issue.
Fees: low-cost ($50-$65) or sliding scale ($70-$120), determined based on income/need.