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COVID-19 Updates

This page is in the process of being updated as of February 2021. Please check back later for additional resources. Information about what services are offered in Niagara changes often during COVID. If you see any information on this page that needs to be updated, please let us know!

Abortion Access in Niagara

During COVID, the Niagara Sexual Health Clinics may not be offering abortion referrals. Please see the Abortion Access section on this page for more information on how to access abortion referrals in Niagara.

Reporting Anti-Choice Activity in Niagara

If you wish to report anti-choice activity in the Niagara Region, please use this form.

Free Condoms

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
    • Contact: 905-688-3817
    • Locations
      • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (closed due to covid)
      • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (closed due to covid)
      • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (OPEN! call first: (905) 688-3817)
      • Welland –  200 Division St. (closed due to covid)
    • No health card needed. The Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Welland locations are closed due to COVID.
  • Niagara Falls Community Health Centre
    • Contact: 905-356-4222, info@nfchc.ca
    • Location: 4790 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls
  • Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Department
    • Contact: Contact sheet linked on website
    • Location: 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Mackenzie Chown Block E
    • Closed due to COVID
  • Positive Living Niagara & StreetWorks
    • Contact: 905-984-8684, info@positivelivingniagara.com
    • Location: 120 Queenston St., St. Catharines, side entrance
    • Walk in accepted during COVID
  • The Health Bus
    • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
    • Location: Mobile
    • Free and no health card needed. No set schedule but fully operational during COVID. Go to niagararegion.ca and search “health bus” for the schedule and list of services. Folks can also call the phone number listed to request outreach service or see where the bus is.
  • Start Me Up Niagara
    • Contact: 905-984-5310
    • Address: 17 Gale Cr., St. Catharines
    • Hours are Monday to Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:15am,-1pm

Morning After Pill

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
    • Contact: 905-688-3817
    • Locations
      • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (closed due to COVID)
      • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (closed due to COVID)
      • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (OPEN! call first: (905) 688-3817)
      • Welland –  200 Division St. (closed due to COVID)
    • No health card needed. The Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Welland locations are closed due to COVID.
  • The Health Bus
    • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
    • Location: Mobile
    • Free and no health card needed. No set schedule but fully operational during COVID. Go to niagararegion.ca and search “health bus” for the schedule and list of services. Folks can also call the phone number listed to request outreach service or see where the bus is.
  • Walk in Clinics
    • Located throughout the region
    • Requires OHIP or UHIP or pay out of pocket

Low-Cost Birth Control

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
    • Contact: 905-688-3817
    • Locations
      • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (closed due to COVID)
      • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (closed due to COVID)
      • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (OPEN! call first: (905) 688-3817)
      • Welland –  200 Division St. (closed due to COVID)
    • No health card needed. The Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Welland locations are closed due to COVID.

Abortion Access

  • Choice Connect Abortion Referral
    • Web app asks you a series of questions and provides information about the closest abortion clinics to you
    • If you are taking testosterone and no longer have a period, you will still need to select a date for when your last period was in order to get through their system. Select a date in accordance with how many weeks pregnant you believe yourself to be. 
  • Action Canada Access line
    • Contact: 888-642-2725, access@actioncanadaSHR.org
    • Confidential 24-hour Canada wide toll free number that provides information on reproductive and sexual health and referrals on pregnancy options. You may need to leave a voicemail.
  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
    • Previously have offered referrals and support, but may not be currently offering that service. Call the St. Catharines clinic at (905) 688-3817 for more information.
  • Indigenous Women Rising Fund
    • Contact: Call or text 505-398-1990
    • Provides funds for Indigenous pregnant people seeking abortion services in US/Canada, requires proof of Indigenous community
  • Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s list of Abortion Clinics
    • Scroll down to Ontario. The closest clinics to Niagara are in Hamilton. Click on the links to be directed to their websites. These clinics are also listed below.
  • The Hamilton Women’s Clinic
    • Contact: 905-540-1900, info@hwclinic.org
    • Offers medical abortion (abortion pill) up to 9 weeks gestation. 
    • This is covered by OHIP. Without insurance, it will cost $300-$450.
    • Please review their website for information on how to book an appointment, what information you’ll need, and what to expect at your appointment.
  • The Women’s Clinic, Hamilton Health Sciences Hospital
    • Contact: 905-389-5068, womensclinic@hhsc.ca
    • Provides surgical abortions only, up to 17 weeks gestation. 
    • You do not need a referral. Visits are by appointment only. To book an appointment, call 905-389-5068 or email womensclinic@hhsc.ca. 
    • This procedure is covered by OHIP. If you do not have insurance, the procedure can cost between $450 and $900.
    • Please review their website for more information on what to expect at your appointment.
  • Your GP may be able to provide you a referral to an abortion clinic or prescribe you Mifegymiso (the abortion pill). Contact them to see if they offer these services.
  • For past 17 weeks gestation, there are some options at clinics in Toronto. Please visit Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s list of Abortion Clinics and scroll down to Ontario, then Toronto. There are no options within Canada for abortion past 23 weeks and 7 days gestation.

Prenatal Care

  • Niagara Parents
    • Contact: 905-684-7555 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7555
    • Offers free clinics, classes and groups on different topics throughout pregnancy and parenthood. During COVID these resources are available online.
  • Niagara Regional Aboriginal Prenatal Nutrition Program
    • Contact: (905) 688-6484
    • Address: Niagara Regional Native Centre, 382 Airport Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
    • In person appointments suspended due to COVID, offering virtual services. Provides food supplements, counselling, support, education, referral to other services and counselling for at-risk pregnant women. Also check out their website for many more related programs!
  • Niagara Midwives
    • Contact: (905) 684-6377
    • Address: 3 Lyman St., St. Catharines
    • Provide prenatal, labour and birth, and postpartum care

Support for Expecting and New Parents

  • Life with a Baby Niagara 
    • Contact: niagara@lifewithababy.com
    • Offers seminars, resources, support networks, and some courses
  • Niagara Regional Native Centre – Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children
    • Contact: 905-688-6484, reception@nrnc.ca
    • Address: 382 Airport Rd. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
    • Ages 0-6. Assists Indigenous families in health development through education, home visits, service coordination, and referrals. Also check out their website for many more related programs!
  • Indigenous Infant/Family Advocate Program from Native Women – Niagara Chapter
    • Contact: (905) 871-8770
    • Address: 1088 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, Ontario
    • Program to increase culturally appropriately services to First Nations children and families who come into contact with FACS Niagara
  • Strive Niagara: CAPC Niagara Brighter Futures
    • Contact: Tracy Belcastro (905) 714-0227 x224 or email tbelcastro@striveniagara.ca
    • Addresses: 285 East Main Street, Welland
      92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne
      58 Welland Avenue, St Catharines
      8800 McLeod Rd., Niagara Falls
    • Offers a lot of resources around pregnancy and parenting for immigrants, low-income people, single parents, and teen pregnancy
  • EarlyOn
    • Contact: Please visit the website and click on “Locations and Facebook pages” at the bottom to find the contact information for the location closest to you.
    • Address: Eleven locations throughout Niagara
    • Offers activities, community resources, and programs for children, parents, and caregivers
  • Healthy Babies, Healthy Children
    • Contact: Please visit the website for information about how to obtain a referral
    • Free home-visits for expecting and new parents
  • Women’s Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joe’s in Hamilton
    • Contact: (905) 522-1155 x33605
    • Address: 100 West 5th Street, Level One, Hamilton
    • Provides assessment, consultation and treatment for women 18 years of age or older who are experiencing emotional symptoms related to the reproductive milestones (i.e. menstrual cycle, pregnancy/postpartum, and menopause)

Support for Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Infant Loss

  • Strive Niagara: CAPC Niagara Brighter Futures
    • Contact: Tracy Belcastro (905) 714-0227 x224 or email tbelcastro@striveniagara.ca
    • Addresses: 285 East Main Street, Welland
      92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne
      58 Welland Avenue, St Catharines
      8800 McLeod Rd., Niagara Falls
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss (PAIL) (located in Whitby, ON)
    • Contact: pailnetwork@sunnybrook.ca; (888) 303-7245
    • Offers support via phone and monthly support groups
  • Women’s Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joe’s in Hamilton
    • Contact: (905) 522-1155 x33605
    • Address: 100 West 5th Street, Level One, Hamilton
  • Emily Pollack, MSW, RSW
    • Contact: (647) 629-4520
    • Address: 411 Louth St, St Catharines
    • Local maternal and family counselling ($110 for hour session with sliding scale option)
  • Niagara Region’s postpartum depression study
    • Contact: (905) 980-6000 x3779
    • Niagara Region is recruiting moms for a study of a non-medication treatment for postpartum depression. There is no cost to participate and child care is included. The study will take place over the course of two years.
Important Note about Crisis Pregnancy Centres

There are some places throughout Niagara and Canada that offer support for people who are pregnant (classes, prenatal vitamins, etc) but purposefully mislead clients and provide false information. These are called Crisis Pregnancy Centres and they are Christian organizations that target vulnerable populations. 

There are five Crisis Pregnancy Centres in Niagara that should be avoided. They are:

  • South Niagara Life Centre Ministries -Fort Erie and Port Colbourne (two locations)
  • Grimsby Life Centre – Grimsby
  • Birthright Niagara – St. Catharines
  • Niagara Life Centre – St. Catharines
  • Elisha House Pregnancy & Family Support Centre – Welland

Be careful when seeking support. Check out our Debunking CPCs campaign to find out how to identify organizations that you may want to avoid.

Sexual Health Counselling

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
    • Contact: 905-688-3817
    • Locations
      • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (closed due to COVID)
      • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (closed due to COVID)
      • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (OPEN! call first: (905) 688-3817)
      • Welland –  200 Division St. (closed due to COVID)
    • No health card needed. The Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Welland locations are closed due to COVID.
  • The Health Bus
    • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
    • Location: Mobile
    • Free and no health card needed. No set schedule but fully operational during COVID. Go to niagararegion.ca and search “health bus” for the schedule and list of services. Folks can also call the phone number listed to request outreach service or see where the bus is.

STI Testing

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
    • Contact: 905-688-3817
    • Locations
      • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (closed due to COVID)
      • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (closed due to COVID)
      • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (OPEN! call first: (905) 688-3817)
      • Welland –  200 Division St. (closed due to COVID)
    • No health card needed. The Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Welland locations are closed due to COVID.
  • Student testing (must be a current NC/Brock student)
    • Brock University Health Services
      • 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Harrison Hall
      • COVID update: Thursday 12:00pm-3:00pm drop in STI testing with a Public Health nurse (call first) or make an appointment with student health services: (905) 688-5550 x3243
    • Niagara College Health Services  (services currently offered remotely due to covid)
      • 100 Niagara College Boulevard
      • 135 Taylor Rd.
  • Positive Living Niagara
    • Contact: 905-984-8684; info@positivelivingniagara.com
    • Address: 120 Queenston St., St. Catharines
    • Drop in every Monday afternoon. Free, does not require health card.
  • Walk-in Clinics
    • Located throughout the region
    • Requires OHIP or UHIP or pay out of pocket
  • The Health Bus
    • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
    • Location: Mobile
    • Free and no health card needed. No set schedule but fully operational during COVID. Go to niagararegion.ca and search “health bus” for the schedule and list of services. Folks can also call the phone number listed to request outreach service or see where the bus is.
  • Men’s Health Clinic
    • Contact: 905-688-3817
    • Addresses: Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12
      Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd.
      St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave.
      Welland –  200 Division St.
    • The Men’s Health Clinic is staffed by a male public health nurse. The services are offered to anyone who identifies as a male.
    • Register for the Men’s Health Clinic to organize a location and time to meet with an outreach nurse. You don’t need a health card to attend a sexual health centre. All services are free and confidential. The Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Welland locations are closed due to COVID.

PrEP/PEP

Support for People Living with HIV

  • Positive Living Niagara
    • Contact: (905) 984-8684
    • Address: 120 Queenston St., St. Catharines
    • Does not require health card. Provides support, education, and advocacy in a safe and confidential environment for HIV-positive individuals, their families, and their friends.
  • See also PrEP/PEP section

Free Menstrual Products

  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church
    • Contact: (905) 734-3543
    • Address: 77 Division St, Welland
    • Hygiene and Food Pantry, third Thursday of every month 12pm-4pm. Proof of Welland residency needed. They also have diapers. 
  • Open Arms Mission
    • Contact: (905) 788-3800
    • Address: 22 Fifth St, Welland
    • Food and personal care bank. May need proof of Welland residency.  COVID operating hours – Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-12pm
  • Westview Centre4Women
    • Contact: (905) 687-4848
    • Address: 124 Queenston St. St. Catharines
    • Free/low-cost menstrual products. Drop-in hours Tuesday-Thursday 10am-4pm, COVID restrictions currently limiting number of people 
  • Niagara Falls Pilot Program
    • Addresses: Niagara Falls Public Library – 4848 Victoria Ave
      MacBain Community Centre – 7150 Montrose Road (@ YMCA desk)
      Gale Centre Arena – 5152 Thorold Stone Road
    • Three municipal buildings in Niagara Falls who are part of a city pilot project that provide free menstrual products in the women’s washrooms. Not sure how accessible this is for trans folks.

Resources for Queer Folks

  • OUTNiagara
    • Contact: info@outniagara.ca
    • Address: 12-111 Fourth Avenue, Suite 270 St. Catharines
    • Notes: Offers community groups, community resources, and a mini-grant program for Niagara’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. They also keep a list of queer organizations and social groups in Niagara, as well as queer-friendly businesses. Visit their website and click on the “Our Community” tab.
  • Quest’s Trans/gender-Questioning Youth Group (14-19 yrs)
    • Contact: Stephanie Vail at (905) 380-4576 (call or text) or svail@questchc.ca
    • Ages 14-19. Virtually run during COVID-19, 3rd Tuesday of every month 4pm-5:30pm.
  • Quest’s Gender Quest (18+)
    • Contact: Stephanie Vail at (905) 380-4576 (call or text) or svail@questchc.ca
    • Thinking about transitioning? Or transitioning and need some support? Guest speakers, movies, resource materials, stimulating discussions. 
    • Ages 18+ support group for any stage of gender transition, including questioning
  • Kyle’s Place Trans Peer Support Group and 40+ Social (Hamilton)
    • Contact: transpeersupport@gmail.com
    • Address: 370 Main St E, Unit 105, Hamilton
    • During COVID they are offering some virtual meet ups. Email for more info.
  • Niagara Falls Community Health Centre’s Queer Youth Collective
    • Contact: Call or text (289) 321-0588, cturner@nfchc.ca
    • Address: 4790 Victoria Avenue Niagara Falls, ON
    • COVID updates on @NiagaraFallsCHC Facebook. Usually offer meet ups for ages 13-18 and 19-29 on Mondays.
  • PFLAG Niagara
    • Follow them on Facebook for updates
    • A supportive group for parents, family and friends of LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as these individuals themselves. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity to create a society that is respectful of all.
  • Transgender Niagara
    • Contact: Colleen McTigue atmctigue.colleen@gmail.com
    • We are a Trans* peer support group located in St. Catharines, Ontario. Our primary purpose is to provide the Trans* community in the Niagara region with access to information, resources, and the companionship of others like ourselves. Our meetings are held at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Silver Spire United Church located at 366 St Paul St. in St. Catharines. Everyone is welcome, including partners and allies. Whether you need support, or have support to offer, we welcome you. Contact Colleen for updates about meeting during COVID-19.
  • LGBTQ Affirming Churches

Resources for Sex Workers

  • YWCA
    • Contact: (905) 246-4483
    • Address: 124 Queenston St., St. Catharines
    • During COVID, in-person meetings have been cancelled; however, please call (905) 246-4483 for other opportunities to connect
  • Streetworks Mobile Delivery Van
    • Contact: (905) 328-6715
    • Address: 120 Queenston St., St. Catharines
    • Offers free harm reduction supplies for sex workers. Meets people where they are across the Niagara Region. The van runs Monday-Friday from 6pm-10:30pm.  The van is discrete and unmarked. Individuals may call the cell phone to talk to staff and arrange a delivery or pick-up. Only in Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Ridgeway and Crystal Beach on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
  • Westview Centre4Women
    • Contact: 905-687-4848
    • Address: 124 Queenston Street, St. Catharines
    • Provides safe drop off environment for women. Services include warm meals, living essentials (pantry goods, clothing), hair care services, community
  • Start Me Up Niagara Drop-in and Resource Centre
    • Contact: (905) 984-5310
    • Address: 17 Gale Crescent, St. Catharines
    •  Offers nursing services on Tuesdays and Thursdays and mental health services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, among other services at the drop-in centre.

Indigenous Resources

  • Niagara Regional Native Centre
    • Contact: 905-688-6484, reception@nrnc.ca
    • Address: 382 Airport Rd. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
    • They have many programs including Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (Age 0-1), Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (I am A Kind Man), and Health Outreach
  • Indigenous Women Rising Fund
    • Contact: Call or text 505-398-1990
    • Provides funds for Indigenous pregnant people seeking abortion services in US/Canada, requires proof of Indigenous community.
  • Indigenous Infant/Family Advocate Program from Native Women – Niagara Chapter
    • Contact: (905) 871-8770
    • Address: 1088 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, Ontario
    • Program to increase culturally appropriately services to First Nations children and families who come into contact with FACS Niagara
  • Abbey House
    • Contact: 905-684-9736 or email abbeyhousepd@nrnc.ca.
    • Offers transitional housing for Indigenous women with or without children

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Support

  • CARSA – Niagara Sexual Assault Centre
    • Contact: Crisis hotline: 905-682-4584; No crisis: 905-682-7258
    • Address: 43 Church St. Suite 503, St. Catharines
    • Free counseling services
  • Design for a New Tomorrow
    • Contact: (905) 684-1223, dfnt@dfnt.ca
    • Address: 502-60 James Street, St. Catharines
    • Offers individual and group counselling – women services for those 16 years of age and older. No statement on 2SLGBTQ+ service
  • Gillian’s Place
    • Contact: (905) 684-8331
    • Address: 15 Gibson Place, St. Catharines -Emergency shelter; 5032 King Street, Beamsville
    • Offers emergency shelter for women and children. No statement on 2SLGBTQ+ service. All services open during COVID.
  • Brock University: Sexual Violence Support and Response
    • Contact: 905-688-5550 ext. 6174 or svsec@brocku.ca to reach Larisa Fry
    • Address: Currently online only.
    • Please visit their website for a list of on and off campus services.
  • Niagara Health Services
    • Contact: 905-378-4647 ext. 45300
    • Address: 43 Church St. Suite 503, St. Catharines
    • They offer free counselling for sexual assault. Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK) is usually collected at the hospital. Only sexual assault nurses can do these. Consent must be given to have the kit released to the police. If you choose to go to the hospital, police will not be called unless permission is given. Kits can still be done and medical injuries can be treated without police involvement.For survivors under 16, FACS will be consulted. If any information disclosed identifies a child being harmed, FACS must be consulted. If there is a crime in progress, suicidal thoughts are expressed, or there is intent to hurt someone else, the police may need to be informed, depending on an assessment of the viability of threat (plans, means to carry out plans, time frame set out). You are entitled to have an advocate with you through all police interactions may they present themselves.

Shelters

  • Abbey House
    • Contact: 905-684-9736 or email abbeyhousepd@nrnc.ca
    • Transitional housing for Indigenous women with or without children
  • YWCA Emergency Shelter
    • Contact: Niagara Falls – 6135 Culp St., Niagara Falls, 905-988-3528 x4025
      St. Catharines – 183 King St., St. Catharines, 905-988-3528 and dial 0
      YWCA Emergency Family Shelter, 289-668-4962
      YWCA Emergency Men’s Shelter, 289-686-4466
  • Nightlight Youth Shelter
    • Contact: 905-358-3678
    • Address: 5519 Ontario Ave, Niagara Falls
    • Male, Female & Non-Binary aged 16-30
  • Out of the Cold – Start Me Up Niagara
    • Contact: Call or text 289-302-6682, or 211
    • Addresses: St. Andrew’s Church Niagara Falls – 5645 Morrison St. Niagara Falls
      Overnight Shelter: Westminster Church – 180 Queenston St. St. Catharines
      Day Shelter: 17 Gale Crescent, St. Catharines
  • Canadian Mental Health Association — Niagara Branch
    • Contact: Crisis, call COAST 24/7 at 1-866-550-5205 ext. 2
    • Address: 264 Welland Avenue, Suite 103, St. Catharines – enter from Tasker St.
    • CMHA Safe Beds program offers non-medical, short-term residential services for individuals experiencing mental health crises including crisis support, counselling, safety and recovery planning, and basic living needs. Individuals must receive a referral by calling the number listed. Must be 16 or older. Disclaimer: COAST is a non-emergent mobile crisis response unit that operates in partnership with healthcare workers and the Niagara Regional Police in the event that crisis intervention is requested.
  • Salvation Army Booth Centre
    • Contact: 905-684-7813 or email sadeskstaff@cogeco.net
    • Address: 184 Church St. St. Catharines
    • Men over age 18.
  • Southridge Shelter
    • Contact: 905-682-2477
    • Address: 201 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines
    • Individuals over 18
  • The Raft Youth Hostel
    • Contact: 905-984-4365 or 1-833-984-4365
    • Address: 17 Centre St., St. Catharines
  • Women’s Place of South Niagara, Niagara Falls and Welland
    • Contact: 24-Hour Confidential Support Line Call/Text: Niagara Falls 905-356-5800, ARUNova@wpsn.ca; Welland 905-788-0113, ARUWelland@wpsn.ca
    • Statement online expresses their services will accommodate trans women and/or women with same-sex partners.
  • Gillian’s Place
    • Contact: (905) 684-8331
    • Address: 15 Gibson Place, St. Catharines -Emergency shelter; 5032 King Street, Beamsville
    • For women and children. No statement on 2SLGBTQ+ service
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