Our resources page focuses primarily on advocacy groups. For resources and information for direct social services and agencies, including crisis lines, please go to 211 Toronto www.211Toronto.ca It is a resource portal with information on community, social, health and related government services.
- Indigenous Peoples
- Policy, Reform, Justice and Resistance
- Racism and Rights
- Immigrants and Newcomers
The Campaign for Public Education
Dedicated to rebuilding public education in Toronto.
People for Education
An independent parent-led organization, working to improve public education in Ontario’s English, Catholic and French schools.
Challenging the status quo and demanding a better public education system.
Canadian Black Heritage in the Third Millennium
Resource for educators, researchers, writers, students and people researching Black History from a Canadian Perspective.
Chinese Canadian National Council
An organization of Chinese Canadians in the City of Toronto that promotes equity, social justice, inclusive civic participation, and respect for diversity.
- Toronto Chapter: http://www.ccnctoronto.ca/
City of Toronto BHM Portal
Diverse Resources, calendars, activities and events for Black History Month.
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)
A collection of organizations that helps to address the needs of immigrants and refugees within the South Asian community through its advocacy and programming initiatives.
IMMIGRANTS AND NEWCOMERS
No One Is Illegal (Toronto)
A group of immigrants, refugees and allies who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect.
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI
Acts collectively as a voice for immigrants to address their shared needs and concerns. Their mission is to achieve equality, access, and full participation for immigrants and refugees in all aspects of Canadian life.
Provides newcomers with information and resources to settle in Ontario, Canada
A website for Newcomer (immigrant and refugee) Youth in Ontario with information on law, school, work, life, and health.
Union of Ontario Indians
A political advocate for 42 member First Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.
Settlers in Support of Indigenous Sovereignty (SISIS)
An archive of materials useful for solidarity work with indigenous struggles (Canada)
An online magazine by and for Native youth (Canada)
Human Rights Legal Support Centre
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers free legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
Is available to low income individuals and disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems, including criminal matters, family disputes, immigration and refugee hearings and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments.
Legal section of a website of over 20 000 community, social, health, and government services. Legal services including legal counseling, advice, representation and advocacy. Organized by Community Legal Clinics and offices that accept Legal Aid.
Rainbow Health Ontario
RHO is a province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.(416) 324-5058, 333 Sherbourne St.
POVERTY AND EMPLOYMENT
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
A poverty reduction plan used to reduce poverty by 25% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years.
A cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 is involved in public and government consultations around the issue of child and family poverty and government policy, and lobbies all parties in both federal and provincial governments for improved social policies relating to the national child benefit, social housing, child care, labour market supports, community services and other relevant policy areas.
Colour of Poverty
Campaign partners have developed a set of fact sheets that outline the various aspects of racialized poverty and its adverse impacts on education, health, employment, immigration and settlement, housing, and food security in Ontario.
Good Jobs Coalition
An alliance of community, labour, social justice, youth and environmental organizations in the Toronto region. It was formed in 2008 to start a focused dialogue on how to improve living and working conditions in Canada’s largest urban centre.
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
A direct action anti poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people. In addition, we provide direct-action advocacy for individuals against eviction, termination of welfare benefits, and deportation. We believe in the power of people to organize themselves.
The Workers’Action Centre
A worker-based organization committed to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable employment.
POLICY, REFORM, JUSTICE AND RESISTANCE
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
Canada, is the nations largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 15,000 member families organized into 19 neighborhood chapters in 3 cities across the country.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
An independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice.
Colours of Resistance (COR)
A grassroots network of people who consciously work to develop anti-racist, multiracial politics in the movement against global capitalism.
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
Is committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels in order to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto. It is committed to diversity, social and economic justice, and active citizen participation in all aspects of community life.
The Prisoners Justice Action Committee
Works to end incarceration and detention and to create healthy communities built on social justice.
RACISM AND RIGHTS
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
A national agency dedicated to the elimination of racism in the country.
INTERCEDE for the Rights of Domestic Workers, Caregivers and Newcomer
A non-profit community-based organization whose mandate is to support the integration, promote the rights and provide service needs of domestic workers, caregivers, temporary or migrant workers, their families and other newcomers.
Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW))
J4MW strives to promote the rights of seasonal Caribbean and Mexican migrant workers that annually participate in the federal government’s Caribbean & Mexican Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (known as SAWP).
Maquila Solidarity Network
A labour and women’s rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and a better quality of life.
No to Hate
Ontario Employment Education and Research Centre
Mission is to provide information and support to workers who experience violations of their employment rights, to educate workers on their rights under employment legislation, and to conduct research into violations of rights at work.
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the first in Canada, was enacted in 1962. The Code protects people in Ontario against discrimination in employment, accommodation, goods, services and facilities, and membership in vocational associations and trade unions. The Ontario Human Rights Commission was established in 1961 to administer the Code. The Commission is an arm’s length agency of government accountable to the people of Ontario through the legislature.
Ontario Network for Human Rights
Was started in 1996 as a support group for racialized people in Canada who were facing racial profiling, abuse of their rights, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, refusal of service based on race, denial of freedom from discrimination and violation of their citizenship rights as Canadians. It is now an online resource related to human rights and racism in Canada.
Freedom Youth Collective Resources
FYC is a Toronto-based for youth, by youth group, which aims to use multi-media to speak out about the issues affecting our communities. Our members are youth that work to counter negative stereotypes and the underrepresentation of marginalized people in the mainstream media. Our resource page features a variety of advocacy organizations that are geared towards youth.