Social Services

The services and resources listed below are available for residents in our region. Don’t forget to visit 211 to find more resources!

FINANCIAL

Ontario Works – Delivered by the County of Simcoe

  • Financial and employment assistance
  • Financial assistance includes:
    • Support for those caring for a minor child to whom they are not related
    • Vision, dental, and other benefits
  • Immediate financial assistance is available for those with immediate needs

HOUSING

Affordable Housing Support – Delivered by the County of Simcoe

  • Rent supplement or housing allowance
  • Funds to help with home repairs
  • Funds to aid in constructing a second suite in order to create more affordable housing in the County

Housing Retention Program – Delivered by the County of Simcoe

  • Financial support for those at risk of losing their housing or electricity because they are in arrears

Emergency Shelters in Simcoe County

  • Short-term overnight shelter for those who are homeless

Domicialiary Care Assistance – Delivered by the County of Simcoe

  • Residential care housing for low income, vulnerable seniors and those with special needs

Salvation Army – Barrie Bayside Mission Centre

  • Shelter for adult men (21+), including services such as food, laundry, showers, and computers
  • Collaborates with Barrie Housing Support Services to help find more stable housing

Blue Door Shelters

  • Three separate shelters for families, males (27+), and male youth (under 27) in Newmarket
  • Assists with searching for housing and connecting with landlords.
  • Provides counseling and case management

Youth Haven

  • Emergency shelter for youth ages 16-24, as well as transitional housing
  • Option to speak to a youth worker if needed
  • Provides necessary items such as clothing, toothbrush, and toothpaste, etc.
  • Provides drop-in health care clinic once per week for homeless youth

Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie

  • Shelter for women and their children, with each family receiving their own room to sleep in, as well as shared spaces
  • Collaborates with the Safe Pet Program for those who want to take their pets with them
  • Also offers transitional housing, legal assistance, support groups, and a crisis telephone line
  • Good resource for women planning to leave abusive situations.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County – Joyce Kope House

  • Shelter for women coming from the legal system, mental health system, homelessness, etc.

Belinda’s Place

  • Emergency shelter, transitional housing, drop-in services, and aftercare for women, located in Newmarket

The Busby Centre

  • Operates the Emergency Shelter Program, including intake for all locations. Their Outreach Van can be called to meet people living on the street to offer assistance, and they provide assistance with housing. 

S.H.I.F.T Support and Hope for Individuals and Families Today

  • Safe, respectful, and welcoming overnight accommodations are provided along with meals and supports to those experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in South Simcoe. 

ADDICTION

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre – Residential Withdrawal Management

  • Detox centre for those 16+ to safely withdrawal from substances

Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres

  • Methadone and Suboxone treatment for those experiencing opioid addiction

Connex Ontario – Online Searching Database

  • Allows you to search for addiction treatment in Ontario by type of service, location, targeted population, and targeted gender.

MENTAL HEALTH

Canadian Mental Health Association – York and South Simcoe

  • Provides a variety of mental health services to youth and adults in-person and over the phone
    • Assertive Community Treatment Teams provide comprehensive and community-based support
    • Bounce Back provides support for depression/anxiety over the phone by working through exercises meant to address specific issues
    • Mental Health and Justice programs supporting those with mental illness in the criminal justice system
    • Many other programs

CMHA York and South Simcoe-Youth Services

  • Choices Program: 10-week program for teens to encourage positive decision-making.
  • MOBYSS: Mobile walk-in clinic so youth can access care in different areas of the community; includes nursing assessments, counseling, pregnancy/STI testing, etc.
  • Youth Wellness Program: Provides individual and group counseling, as well as psychoeducational groups for youth.

EMPLOYMENT

Agilec

  • Provides assistance and training for career changes, returning to work, working with a disability, and searching for a job in general

CONTACT Community Services

  • Assists with job training and searching

CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Early ON Child and Family Centres

  • Drop-in centres for play/social engagement
  • Registered programs for specific age groups with activities designed to engage and encourage learning and encourage the development of motor skills
  • A variety of parenting programs including nutrition, raising resilient children, discipline, etc.
  • Developmental assessment and referral to appropriate services

Childcare Fee Subsidy – delivered by the County of Simcoe

  • Financial support for childcare for low-income families

New Path Youth and Family Services

  • Provides a variety of mental health services to youth: walk-in clinics, group counseling, outreach for teens, etc. They also work alongside schools to provide services.

Kinark Child and Family Services

  • Provides community-based individual, group, and family counseling
  • Works with Ontario Autism Program to provide services for youth with autism
  • Works with youth experiencing mental health issues in the criminal justice system
  • Provides childcare services

RVH  Children Development Services

  • Locations in: Bradford West Gwillimbury, Barrie, Alliston and more
  • Support and programs for children who may be experiencing issues that will affect their development:
    • Preschool speech and language
    • Occupational therapy
    • Infant hearing
    • Blind low vision
    • Feeding clinic
    • Neonatal follow-up clinic

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children

  • Programs for children and teens who have experience the loss of a loved one or who have a loved one with a terminal illness
  • Programs for parents who have lost a child
  • Programs for parents who have lost spouse/life partner and are raising a child under 18