The Town of Innisfil works with local partners to provide social and community services to residents. Browse a listing of local resources below or contact these organizations for help connecting you to mental health support, food services, housing support, employment services and more:

  • Ontario 211: Call 211 or live chat with Ontario 211 online. Using Ontario 211 is free, confidential and available 24/7 in over 150 languages.
  • CONTACT Community Services: CONTACT Community Services helps residents find the services they need and provides free, regional community programs.
  • YouthCALL: Youth aged 14 to 28 can use YouthCALL, a free helpline to connect to a broad range of resources in South Simcoe. 

Listing of local services 

See a list of local organizations that can help you when you need support. 

Shelters and housing support

Between November and May, the David Busby Centre runs Central Intake for all emergency shelter referrals as well as an on-site emergency group lodging program. If you or someone you know needs Central Intake’s help, please call 705-790-7028. For local women and children’s shelters, look at resources under Services for Survivors of Abuse or Violence.

The Busby Centre

The Busby Centre offers an on-site emergency group lodging program, housing first case management services, an outreach van (from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), and a drop-in program with access to breakfast, showers, and other basic needs at 88 Mulcaster Street in Barrie. Visit their website for more information and contact information

CONTACT Community Services

CONTACT Community Services provides housing assistance and resources, including support with utilities and rental arrears, rent deposits, rent supplements, applying for subsidized housing, landlord/tenant mediation, and more. Visit their website, call 705-435-4900 ext. 212, or email housing@contactcommunityservices.ca for more information. CONTACT's Housing Access Worker is available to provide information and services at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library's Lakeshore branch on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., including referrals to the South Simcoe Furniture Bank.

Redwood Park Communities Furniture Bank

Redwood Park Communities Furniture Bank provides low-cost furniture to people referred by a partner agency and removal of unwanted furniture for donation (at a cost).

The Salvation Army - Bayside Mission Centre

The Bayside Mission Centre, located in Barrie and operated by the Salvation Army, offers temporary emergency shelter to men aged 21 years and older. The centre also provides access to meals, laundry facilities, showers, computers, and programming.

S.H.I.F.T.

Support and Hope for Individuals and Families Today (S.H.I.F.T.) is located in Alliston. During the winter months (November to April), S.H.I.F.T. provides South Simcoe residents aged 16 and older with emergency overnight shelter, a community dinner program, and a day-time drop-in program with access to basic needs, harm reduction supplies, food, shower, and housing related supports. They also provide year-round outreach services for homelessness prevention, including connecting people with emergency assistance and services. Visit their website or call 705-435-7293 for more information.

Youth Haven

Youth Haven provides emergency and transitional housing for youth ages 16 to 24 who are fleeing an unsafe home environment, have lost their housing, or who have spent time on the streets. Youth Haven can also provide case management, counselling, life skills programming, and health care services to young people accessing their services. Visit their website or call 705-739-7616 for more information.

Mental health and addictions services

If you are in crisis, please call one of these 24/7 support lines:

  • Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe: 705-325-9534
  • CMHA Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-893-8333
  • Kids Help Phone (for young people aged 5 to 20): 1-800-668-6868, text CONNECT to 686868, or Live Chat online
  • Talk4Healing Help Line (for Indigenous women): 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)
  • Good2Talk (for post-secondary students): 1-866-925-5454, text GOOD2TALKON to 686868, or use Facebook Messenger
  • Multilingual Distress Line (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.): 905-459-7777
Canadian Mental Health Association - Simcoe County 

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Simcoe County branch offers a range of mental health and addictions programs and services to youth and adults, as well as health care, housing, and life skills programs for people experiencing a mental illness or mental health challenge. CMHA also provides support for family members, caregivers, friends, and significant others of individuals who live with mental illness or are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Connect with a Peer Support Worker

CMHA’s Peer Support Program, funded by the Innisfil Community Foundation, provides Innisfil residents with free, confidential mental health and addictions support from trained Peer Support Workers. Contact peersupport@cmhastarttalking.ca or 705-726-5033 for more information.

New Path

New Path offers a range of free child and youth mental health services. Counselling services are now available in person, by phone and online. Please call 705-725-7656 or email info@newpath.ca to book an appointment.

Kinark Child and Family Services

Kinark Child and Family Services offers a full range of free child and youth mental health assessment and treatment services, including individual, family, and group counselling. Please call central intake at 1-888-454-6275 to access support.

Youth Haven

Youth Haven offers counselling and support services to young people aged 16 to 24 in South Simcoe in areas such as emotional support, anger management, self esteem, healthy relationships, substance use, and court involvement. Visit their website or call 705-229-8700 for more information.

Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County

Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County offers professional counselling, psychotherapy, programming, and education for youth and adults, couples, and families. Visit their website, call 705-726-2503 or email info@cfssc.ca for more information.

Krasman Centre

The Krasman Centre offers a variety of hassle-free, recovery-oriented programs and services, including mental health wellness and recovery support, peer-based programming and support groups, support to families and friends, art-based therapeutic programs, and more.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe Muskoka

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe Muskoka offers substance use and harm reduction support, providing education about healthy coping strategies, harm reduction planning, and relapse prevention in a non-judgmental, understanding, and empathetic environment. Call 705-794-0474 or email harmreduction@elizabethfrysociety.com for more information.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH)

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) offers a range of free inpatient and outpatient adult and youth mental health and addictions programs and services. Visit RVH's website to learn more.

Health services

Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)

The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) allows patients to connect with healthcare and other types of professionals (e.g. social workers, psychotherapists) without having to travel outside of Innisfil. Innisfil residents can connect with healthcare providers across Ontario through specialized video equipment operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association at the Rizzardo Health and Wellness Centre. Ask your family doctor or specialist if they provide virtual care through OTN and contact Karen Hunter at khunter@cmhastarttalking.ca or 705-817-3542.

Services for survivors of abuse or violence

If you need urgent assistance, please contact one of these 24/7 crisis lines:

  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1-866-863-7868
  • Talk4Healing Crisis Line (for Indigenous women): 1-888-200-9997
  • Fem’aide (for French-speaking women): 1-877-336-2433
  • Seniors Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011
Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie

The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie provides shelter, as well as individual and group counselling, legal information and support, court support, information about violence against women, and referrals to other community and social services to women and children who have experienced abuse or human trafficking. Visit their website for more information or call 705-728-2544 for confidential support available 24/7.

 My Sister's Place

My Sister’s Place provides residential and outreach services for women and children who have experienced violence or abuse in South Simcoe, including shelter, transitional housing, counselling, safety planning, legal support, and more. Visit their website for more information or call their 24/7 crisis line at 1-800-461-5419.

Imani's Place

Imani’s Place is a survivor-led organization that centers the experiences of Black Women and provides shelter, transitional housing, counselling, life skills and mental health programming, and other basic necessities to women who have experienced domestic violence or human trafficking. Visit their website, call 1-800-507-6860, or email info@imanisplace.org.

Huronia Transition Homes / Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre

Huronia Transition Homes / Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre provides counselling, support groups, legal support and advocacy for women who have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse as children or adults. Call their 24/7 crisis line at 1-800-987-0799.

Colibri

Colibri supports Francophone women aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence, including counselling, housing, legal support, and group programming. Visit their website for more information, call 705-797-2060 or email info@centrecolibri.ca.

Employment services

Agilec

Agilec offers employment and career services to Innisfil residents including job searching, employment workshops, Employment Ontario services, career transition services, exam invigilation, and vocational rehabilitation support and services. Visit their website for more information or call 705-431-2255.

Barrie Career Centre

Barrie Career Centre, operated by the Simcoe County District School Board, provides employment services to job seekers, employers and youth, including:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Career planning
  • Information sessions and workshops
  • Skills training
  • Access to job postings and job fairs
  • Support with resumes, cover letters, and interviews

Youth Job Connection

The Barrie Career Centre offers the Youth Job Connection and Youth Job Connection (Summer) programs in Innisfil to eligible youth aged 15 to 29 who are experiencing challenges in transitioning into employment or education. Youth receive paid pre-employment training, services and support to secure a job placement, mentorship and coaching. Visit their website for more information, call 705-725-8990 or email info@barriecareercentre.com.

Georgian College - Career and Employment Community Service Centre

Georgian College’s Career and Employment Community Service Centre offers a variety of services to job seekers, employers and youth, including:

Visit their website for more information.

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka

The YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka offers the Youth Quest Program and Youth Job Link to support young people in finding employment.

Youth Quest Program

The Youth Quest Program is for youth aged 15 to 30 who are unemployed or under-employed and looking for full-time work. The program provides 6 weeks of pre-employment training with 14 weeks of paid work experience. 

Youth Job Link

Youth Job Link supports youth in high school or post-secondary studies explore career opportunities that best suit their personality and abilities, with job search workshops to help youth hone their employment skills and get hired. 

Careers for Inclusion

Careers for Inclusion provides employment support including advocacy, job coaching, travel and mobility training, and workshops to people who have a disability or have barriers to employment. Visit their website, call 1-866-483-2158, or email peggy@careersforinclusion.com for more information.

Business support

South Simcoe Community StartUP

South Simcoe Community StartUP is a non-profit social enterprise that brings entrepreneurs and stakeholders together to support the success of small businesses and start-ups. They offer peer to peer support and workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as an online business directory.

Children, youth and family services

C4Kids Year Round (Christmas for Kids)

Christmas for Kids is a registered charity in Innisfil that supports children, youth and families by providing food and gifts for Christmas, birthday gifts, hygiene products for high school students, backpacks and supplies for students, and warm winter clothing. Visit their website, call 705-456-6731, or email c4kidsinnisfil@gmail.com to learn more.

Empower Simcoe - EarlyON

EarlyON offers developmental screening for children, information and referrals for supports and services, a parenting resource library, and a range of programming for children and parents. Visit their website for more information or call their Innisfil location at 705-431-8486.

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services is a multi-service Indigenous child well-being agency. They provide culturally-intelligent child and youth mental health and addictions, youth justice, and family programs and services. Visit their website, call 1-844-523-2237, or email info@binnoojiiyag.ca for more information.

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions provides child protection, family support, and other family services (adoption, foster care, kinship) to residents in Simcoe County. Visit their website or call 705-726-6587 for more information.

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka

The YMCA’s Youth in Transition Worker supports youth aged 16 to 24 in Simcoe County to successfully transition out of the care of the Children’s Aid Society and into adulthood with housing, education, employment, life skills, mental health, and other supports. Call 705-818-1135 or email amanda.tepei@sm.ymca.ca for more information.

Parents for Children’s Mental Health - Simcoe County Chapter

Parents for Children’s Mental Health is a free peer support group for parents and caregivers of children and youth experiencing mental health challenges or concerns. The group meets monthly on the third Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. Email simcoecounty@pcmh.ca or visit their website for more information.

Services for Black communities

UPlift Black

UPlift Black is a social impact agency working to uplift the Black community who live in Simcoe County. Their pillars of support include business and professional development (Black Artist Collective, Black Owned Business Listing, Accelerate Your Black Business), emergency and pandemic relief (wellness classes, bicycles for youth, Good Food Boxes), and public education and advocacy (book club, Facebook group, consulting). Visit their website or email info@upliftblack.org.

Immigrant services

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka

YMCA Immigrant Services helps eligible newcomers to Canada receive appropriate training and services, including English language training, assessment of needs, orientation, information and referral, and labour market information. Contact 705-241-2501 or visit their website for more information.

Welcome Centre - Mobile Outreach Unit

The Welcome Centre’s Mobile Outreach Unit can provide accreditation and qualification information services to Innisfil residents. Call 1-877-761-1155 or email mobileunit@welcomecentre.ca for more information.

 Accessibility and disability services

Community Living Association for South Simcoe

The Community Living Association for South Simcoe offers a range of services for people with a developmental disability, including accommodation supports, community participation programs, transition planning and more. Visit their website, call 705-435-4792, or email info@class.on.ca for more information.

Legal services

Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes

The Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes provides free legal services to people with low income in a range of different areas (they cannot assist with family, criminal, personal injury, and private insurance cases). Visit their website or call 705-326-6444 for more information.