Niagara Resources

Niagara Reproductive Justice has compiled a list of free and low-cost reproductive and sexual health resources in the Niagara Region. This list also includes some resources in the GTA/Hamilton Area as folks are often referred to these areas to access abortion. Click on the headings to see resources related to that topic. If you know of a resource that needs to be added, or see one that needs to be taken off the list or edited, please let us know by emailing us at niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com.

Report Anti-Abortion Activity and Organizations

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

Please be aware that there are a number of anti-abortion agencies in Niagara, some of which will attempt to trick people into visiting their office by pretending to be non-judgmental reproductive health resource, when in fact they are harmful, anti-scientific, and anti-abortion. To see a full list of these organizations, visit our Monitoring Anti-Choicers page.

Share your Experience

NRJ wants to hear about your experiences with doctors, clinics, pharmacies, and other services in the region and nearby regions. By gathering this information, we will be better able to direct people to affirming, accessible healthcare and steer them away from questionable and harmful doctors and services. Your identity will remain anonymous unless you choose to disclose identifying information about yourself. Please use this form. To share your experiences with abortion in Niagara specifically, and to help us understand the gaps in access to abortion, please fill out our Abortion in Niagara survey.

Resources

Contraception
Free Condoms
    • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
        • Contact: 905-688-3817
      • Locations
        • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (currently closed)
        • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (Open Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m; Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30 p.m.)
        • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (Open Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., appointment required, call: (905) 688-3817)
        • Welland –  200 Division St. (Open Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
      • No health card needed. 
    • Niagara Falls Community Health Centre
      • Contact: 905-356-4222, info@nfchc.ca
      • Location: 4790 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls
    • Brock University’s Human Rights and Equity Department
      • For current Brock students and staff. Visit them in person at the MC E Block at Brock University: 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Mackenzie Chown Block E
    • Positive Living Niagara & StreetWorks
      • Contact: 905-984-8684, info@positivelivingniagara.com
      • Location: 120 Queenston St., St. Catharines, side entrance
      • Walk in accepted during COVID
    • Niagara Region Outreach Nursing
      • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
      • Location: Mobile
      • Free and no health card needed. 
    • 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 (currently closed)
        • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (Open Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m; Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30 p.m.)
        • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (Open Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., appointment required, call: (905) 688-3817)
        • Welland –  200 Division St. (Open Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
      • No health card needed. 
      • Cost is $12. If you cannot afford this, let the nurse know and they will help you access it for free.
    • Niagara Region Outreach Nursing
      • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
      • Location: Mobile
      • Free and no health card needed. 
    • 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 for information about appointments and pricing
      • Locations
        • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (currently closed)
        • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (Open Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m; Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30 p.m.)
        • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (Open Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., appointment required, call: (905) 688-3817)
        • Welland –  200 Division St. (Open Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
      • No health card needed.
      • Different options are listed on this site.
Abortion Access and Support
Referrals and Information
    • 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 Centres
      • They can offer a referral to a doctor in Niagara Falls who provides surgical and medical abortion. They can also help you access abortion outside of the Niagara Region, which is often easier and faster than accessing abortion within Niagara. For help with transportation and funding, contact niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com.
        • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (currently closed)
        • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (Open Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m; Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30 p.m.)
        • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (Open Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., appointment required, call: (905) 688-3817)
        • Welland –  200 Division St. (Open Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    • 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.
Legal and Health Rights
Abortion Doulas
    • Niagara Reproductive Justice can help connect you to an abortion doula in the region. The doula is a Full-Spectrum Doulas who has lived experience with abortion and navigating the process as a queer person. They offer trauma-informed, gender-affirming care rooted in reproductive justice and are available for virtual and in-person appointments. They can also help with transportation to appointments as far as Toronto. They offer a pay-what-you-can model, and do not turn people away due to lack of funds.
    • For more information on the services offered, see the flyers below. Please email niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com to get connected.

Image text: What can an abortion doula do for me?

    • Support you with information and advocacy before your experience
    • Support you (if desired) with company and information during your experience
    • Support you mentally and physically following the experience
    • I meet you where you’re at without judgement or shame.

Image text: What is an Abortion Doula? Abortion is Essential Healthcare. You are Not Alone.

    • Shares resources + options for contraception, if desired
    • Maintains your privacy with the utmost care
    • Holds space for you to talk about your experience
    • Educates + supports you through abortion aftercare
    • Offers individualized practical support + emotional support
    • Helps you navigate conversations with healthcare providers
    • Provides evidence-based information + resources on abortion options.
    • Abortion Support Group for Heart Healing
      • Facebook group founded by two therapists to support people at any stage of an abortion journey. If considering joining, please read through the group description and rules. For your privacy, only group members can see the member list but you can consider creating an alternate account to join. 
        Note: This group is working on inclusivity but members sometimes use gendered language.
Self-Guided Abortion Support Tools
Abortion Storytelling

Spaces to share and read abortion stories.

Abortion Clinics

PLEASE BE AWARE OF CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTRES — THESE ARE ANTI-ABORTION CHRISTIAN FACILITIES THAT POSE AS ABORTION CLINICS IN ORDER TO TRICK PEOPLE INTO REMAINING PREGNANT. THERE ARE 5 OF THEM IN NIAGARA AND MANY MORE ACROSS ONTARIO. PLEASE SEE THE SECTION ON CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTRES BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION. (THE CLINICS LISTED BELOW ARE NOT CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTRES)

    • Niagara Falls Hospital
      • The Niagara Falls Hospital works with one doctor to provide surgical abortion. You will need a referral in order to access their services, which you can get from a Niagara Region Sexual Health Clinic (see “Referrals and Information” section under “Abortion Access and Support”). As of this time, the process to obtain a surgical abortion through the Niagara Falls Hospital has been reported by many as challenging to navigate, and it may be advisable to pursue the options listed just below. For help with transportation and funding, contact niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com.
    • The Hamilton Women’s Clinic
      • Contact: 905-540-1900, info@hwclinic.org
      • Offers medical abortion (abortion pill) up to 9 weeks gestation. 
      • You do not need a referral.
      • 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.
      • They do not have Spanish-speaking staff or resources. Interpreters are allowed to accompany patients.
    • 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.
    • 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. You may also contact us at niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com to get help finding the option that is right for you.
    • If you are looking for clinics outside of the Niagara Region and neighboring areas, you can use Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada’s list of Abortion Clinics. Click on the links to be directed to their websites.

Financial Help
    • 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
    • National Abortion Federation (NAF) Canada
      • Call the NAF Hotline: 1-800-772-9100 (English and Spanish)
      • NAF Canada provides funding to cover the costs associated with an abortion to eligible individuals. To be eligible, individuals must have demonstrated financial need.
      • There is a lot of additional information on their webpage linked above, such as hours of operation for the hotline and how their services work. If you are having trouble getting connected to a counselor at NAF Canada, please email niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com and we can help connect you.
    • Action Canada
      • Call the Action Canada Hotline: 1-888-642-2725 from 9:00AM to 9:00PM EST
      • There is a lot of additional information on their webpage linked above

For additional questions about financial support and other financial support options, you can contact us directly at niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com

Post-Abortion Support
    • Exhale
      • Contact (text): 1 (617) 749-2948 
      • Hours (EST): Weekdays 6pm – midnight; Saturday 4pm – midnight; Sunday 6pm – 10pm.
      • A U.S.-based organization that provides emotional support, resources and information via text to anyone who has experienced an abortion or knows someone who has. Services available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
    • Connect & Breathe
      • Contact:  1 (866) 647-1764
      • Hours (EST): Mondays 7pm – 10pm; Tuesdays 6pm – 9 pm; Wednesdays 6pm – 9 pm; Thursdays 6pm – 9 pm; Saturdays 10am – 2 pm.
    • SHORE Centre
      • Contact: (519) 743-9360; info@shorecentre.ca
      • If the abortion happened in the last two years, you can call, email, or set up virtual counseling appointments with SHORE Centre Kitchener-Waterloo through their website: https://shore.janeapp.com.
    • All-Options Talk Line
      • Contact: 1-888-493-0092
      • Hours (EST): Monday – Friday 10-1am, Saturday – Sunday 10-6pm EST 
      • Toll free talkline. Peer-based counseling and support for pregnancy and pregnancy decision-making, parenting, abortion, adoption, infertility or pregnancy loss. Accessible in Canada – may be asked to leave a message if someone isn’t available.
    • Abortion Support Group for Heart Healing
      • Facebook group founded by two therapists to support people at any stage of an abortion journey. If considering joining, please read through the group description and rules. For your privacy, only group members can see the member list but you can consider creating an alternate account to join.
        Note: This group is working on inclusivity but members sometimes use gendered language.
    • Abortion Doulas
      • Please see the above section to learn more about the support that local abortion doulas might be able to provide for you.
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
    • Now called Clarity Pregnancy Options. They also run Insight Biblical Counselling and work with Unborn Images 3D 4D Ultrasound Studio.

As many pregnant folks seeking abortion are often referred to Hamilton, here is a list of CPC’s in the area to avoid.

  • Hamilton Right to Life
  • Birthright Hamilton 
  • Atwell Centre – Hamilton
  • Project Rachel (Diocese of Hamilton)

Be careful when seeking support. Check out our Debunking CPCs campaign (also on our social media) to find out how to identify organizations that you may want to avoid.

Pregnancy and Parenting Support
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

    • All-Options Talk Line
      • 1-888-493-0092
        Monday – Friday 10-1am, Saturday – Sunday 10-6pm EST 
      • Toll free talkline. Peer-based counseling and support for pregnancy and pregnancy decision-making, parenting, abortion, adoption, infertility or pregnancy loss. Accessible in Canada – may be asked to leave a message if someone isn’t available.
    • 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 Indigenous 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)
    • To get in touch with a queer, Full-Spectrum Doula in Niagara who has lived experience navigating the process as a queer person, email niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com and we will connect you! They offer a pay-what-you-can model, but do not turn people away due to financial restraints. If no amount is feasible, they will still support you.
      • They offer trauma-informed, gender-affirming care rooted in reproductive justice and are available for virtual and in-person appointments. They can also help with transportation to appointments as far as Toronto. 
      • See the flyer below for more details. 

Image text: Abortion Support/Full-Spectrum Doula: A support person who brings the doula model of care to any pregnancy discourse and outcome.

    • I do:
      • Provide company, advocacy, and support to the birthing person during and after their experience.
      • Guide the birthing person on their chosen path.
      • Ensure the individual is connected to available resource and knows their reproductive rights.
    • I don’t:
      • Deliver babies
      • Coax individuals to make a certain choice
      • Provide support without the birthing person’s consent
      • Bring any politics to the doula role

Support for Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    • All-Options Talk Line
      • 1-888-493-0092
        Monday – Friday 10-1am, Saturday – Sunday 10-6pm EST 
      • Toll free talkline. Peer-based counseling and support for pregnancy and pregnancy decision-making, parenting, abortion, adoption, infertility or pregnancy loss. Accessible in Canada – may be asked to leave a message if someone isn’t available.
    • 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)
Sexual Health
Sexual Health Counselling

    • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centres
        • Contact: 905-688-3817
      • Locations
        • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (currently closed)
        • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (Open Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m; Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30 p.m.)
        • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (Open Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., appointment required, call: (905) 688-3817)
        • Welland –  200 Division St. (Open Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
      • No health card needed.
    • Niagara Region Outreach Nursing
      • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
      • Location: Mobile
      • Free and no health card needed.
    • Peer Education and Support – Planned Parenthood Toronto
      • Contact: (416) 961-0113; ppt@ppt.on.ca
      • Eligibility: 13-29 years old. Information and support on sexual and reproductive health issues from a peer. Sex-positive, inclusive, non-judgmental and pro-choice. Call to set up an appointment.

STI Testing

    • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre
        • Contact: 905-688-3817
      • Locations
        • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 (currently closed)
        • Niagara Falls – 7835 McLeod Rd (Open Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m; Friday: 1:00pm – 4:30 p.m.)
        • St. Catharines –  277 Welland Ave. (Open Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., appointment required, call: (905) 688-3817)
        • Welland –  200 Division St. (Open Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
      • No health card needed.
    • Student testing (must be a current NC/Brock student)
      • Brock University Health Services
        • 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Harrison Hall
        • Wednesday 12:00pm-3:30pm drop-in STI testing with a Public Health nurse at the Wellness HUB. 
        • Testing available for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV & Syphilis.
        • Free and no health card needed.
      • 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
    • Niagara Region Outreach Nursing
      • Contact: 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 or 1-888-505-6074
      • Location: Mobile
      • Free and no health card needed.
    • Men’s Health Clinic (temporarily CLOSED)
      • 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. 

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

Resources for Queer Folks

Pregnancy Information
Community & Support Groups
    • 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
      • 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
      • 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 for trans folks ages 40+. 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
      • Updates on @NiagaraFallsCHC Facebook. Currently offering virtual meet ups for queer youth ages 10-13 and 14-18 on a biweekly basis. Contact Celeste (contact information above) for more information.
    • 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
      • Trans peer support group located in St. Catharines. They usually hold monthly meetings at Silver Spire Church; contact Colleen for updates about meeting during COVID-19.
LGBTQ Affirming Churches

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Support
Reporting Tools
    • CARSA – Niagara Sexual Assault Centre
      • Contact: Crisis hotline: 905-682-4584; No crisis: 905-682-7258
      • Address: 43 Church St. Suite 503, St. Catharines
      • CARSA does not disclose the identity of their clients, nor any other information, to the police without the client’s permission.
      • They offer an Anonymous Third Party Reporting Option for survivors of sexual violence. Survivors may submit the name of their assailant to CARSA who will submit it to a crime analyst to put it in a database that can help identify patterns. The client’s name will be kept anonymous. The client may choose whether or not to interact with the police if more information is requested. 
Counselling and Support
    • Independent Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Victims
      • Up to four hours of free legal advice by phone or video conversation.
      • To be eligible, you must be 16 or older, living in Ontario and the assault must have happened in Ontario.
      • Complete and submit the voucher request form on the website. 
    • 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.
    • 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 for anyone who has experienced sexual assault or domestic violence at any time in their life.
    • 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
    • Niagara Health Services
      • Contact: 905-378-4647 ext. 45300
      • Address: 43 Church St. Suite 503, St. Catharines
      • They offer free counselling for sexual assault.
Shelter
    • 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. Statement on their website expresses their services are welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. All services open during COVID.
      • Pets are not allowed
Important Note About Sexual Assault Evidence Kits
    • 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.
Menstrual Health Resources
Free Menstrual Products
    • Brock University
      • 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines
      • Dispensers and disposable units located in the male, female and gender neutral washrooms on level 200 of the Rankin Family Pavilion, and the 100 level of the Schmon Tower.
      • Access to campus remains limited at this time as per the University’s COVID protocols. 
    • 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.
Menstrual Health Resources
Support for People who Use Substances
Safe Consumption Sites and Needle Exchange
    • Streetworks Niagara
      • The CTS site is a safe place to get information about how to be safe, get connected, and use substances supervised by harm reduction staff. See below for locations and hours. All services are free and confidential. Here are a few services they offer:
        • A safe, confidential place to use substances
        • Sterile equipment for clients who use inhaled drugs and clients who inject drugs (such as clean needles and inhalation kits)
        • Sexual health items, like condoms and dental dams
        • Emotional health and physical health counseling and referrals
        • Referrals to social programming and treatment
        • Basic wound care
        • STI testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hep C, HIV, and syphilis
        • Pregnancy testing
        • Naloxone trainings: learn how to administer naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses
        • Onsite paramedics in case of an overdose
      • Streetworks office: 120 Queenston Street, St. Catharines, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
      • Consumption & Treatment Services site (CTS): 105 Queenston St., rear entrance, open 7 days a week 9:30am-8:30pm (last intake is at 7:30pm).
      • Deliveries: Available Monday-Friday from 6pm-10:30pm. For services in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Crystal Beach or Ridgeway call/text 905-328-6715. For services in Welland, Port Colborne, Grimsby, Beamsville or Fonthill call/text 905-380-2365
      • StreetWorks Satellite Sites:
        • St. Catharines
          • Westview at Night, 124 Queenston St., Thursday 7pm-10pm (female identifying only)
          • STOMT, 124 Queenston St., Wednesdays 5:30pm-10:30pm (female identifying only)
        • Port Colborne
          • Boggio’s Pharmacy, 200 Catherine St., 905-834-3514
        •  Ridgeway
          • Boggio & Edward’s Pharmacy, 307 Ridge Rd., 905-894-2200
        •  Fonthill
          • Boggio & Parton Pharmacy, 155 Hwy. 20 West, 905-892-4994
        • Niagara Falls
          • Project Share, 4129 Stanley Ave., 905-357-5121
          • Community Health Pharmacy, 4790 Victoria Ave., 905-354-4383
          • Pharmasave, 5904 Main St., 289-296-9564
Free Naloxone Kits


Naloxone is a drug that can be injected or used as a nasal spray to reverse opioid overdoses and save lives. Anybody with OHIP can access naloxone kits for free from their local pharmacy. If you don’t have OHIP, you can get a naloxone kit from StreetWorks Niagara, located at 120 Queenston Street, or their safe consumption site located at 105 Queenston Street, both in St. Catharines. To get trained on how to use naloxone, email niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com and we can connected you to an upcoming training. You can also visit StreetWorks Niagara to learn how to get trained. 

Support for People Who Want to Stop Using Substances
    • Community Addiction Services of Niagara (CASON)
      • 60 James St., St. Catharines
      • 905-684-1183
      • Youth, adults and family members can access this program designed to help individuals and their relatives/significant others with substance use and gambling that is negatively impacting their lives. Individual counselling is available.
    • Withdrawal Management Services
      • 264 Welland Ave., St. Catharines ON
      • 905-682-7211
      • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
      • The centres provide crisis intervention, withdrawal management, rest, nutrition and hygiene restarts, assessments, supportive counselling and self help groups, consultation, treatment referrals and discharge planning in a supportive, supervised setting. No referral is necessary. Inpatient and outpatient support is available.
    • New Port Centre
      • 260 Sugarloaf St., Port Colborne ON
      • 905-378-4647 ext. 32500, newportadmin@niagarahealth.on.ca
      • The New Port Centre at our Port Colborne Niagara Health Site offers residential and community treatment options to help people who wish to stop using substances.
    • Rapid Access Addictions Medicine (RAAM) Clinic
      • 1200 Fourth Ave., St. Catharines ON
      • 905-378-4647 ext. 49613, Self-referrals: 905-378-4647 ext. 49463
      • The RAAM Clinic is a clinic for people looking for help with substance use (alcohol and/or other drugs). This service provides assessments and treatment for alcohol, opioids, cocaine, benzodiazepines and cannabis.
    • Out and About Clinic
      • 263 Welland Ave., St. Catharines ON
      • 289-479-5090
      • The Out and About Clinic provides care to clients who use opioids with methadone or suboxone replacement therapy.
    • A Better Choice Program
      • 264 Welland Ave., St. Catharines ON
      • 905-378-1075
      • A Better Choice program intensive care management to pregnant/parenting people who use substances and their family units (ages 0 – 6 years).
Crisis & Support Lines
    • Distress Centres:
      • St. Catharines & Niagara Falls 905-688-3711
      • Welland & Port Colborne:905-734-1212
      • Grimsby & Beamsville: 905-563-6674
      • Fort Erie: 905-382-0689
    • Narcotics Anonymous: 1-888-811-3887
    • Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603
    • Mental Health and Addictions Access Line: 1-866-550-5205
    • Positive Living/StreetWorks Niagara: 905-984-8684
Religious and Spiritual Resources
  • Faith Aloud Clergy Counselling line
    • Contact: (toll free) 1-888-717-5010
    • If you have spiritual concerns about abortion or pregnancy decisions, Faith Aloud is here to walk with you. Connect to compassionate clergy and religious counselors who will listen and offer support without judgment.
  • Spiritual Resource List – Faith Aloud
    • A list of religious and spiritual resources below that you may find helpful as you navigate your pregnancy options, decisions, or experiences.
  • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
    • Programs, services, resources, and workshops on reproductive justice and health care through a religious lens.
Resources for Providers
Resources for Sex Workers
  • YWCA – Sex Trade On My Terms (STOMT) Program
    • Contact: Kendra at (905) 246-4483; kcooper@ywcaniagararegion.ca
    • Niagara Falls: YWCA Emergency Shelter, 6135 Culp Street (enter at side door), Thursdays, 5:30pm-9:30pm
    • “STOMT is a weekly drop-in for women-identified individuals who engage in survival sex work. We offer sex-positive, non-judgement support in an inclusive safe space. Come and hang out and grab a meal, access community referrals and resources, clothing donations, and harm reduction supplies, or just drop by for a chat.”
  • 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.
  • 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 for anyone who has experienced sexual assault or domestic violence at any time in their life.
    • CARSA supports sex workers in their needs and does not disclose any client information to the police or anyone else.
  • Wellness Clinic for Student Sex Workers at Brock University
    • Brock University is now offering mental health services specifically for student sex workers. Click on the link above and then click on the red umbrella on the left hand column to make a 30 minute virtual appointment with a registered psychotherapist, or click this link directly.
    • If you do not have an Ontario Health Card, you may continue with the online booking process by entering in: 000 000 0000. If you have any difficulties, please call Student Health Services at 905-688-5550 x 3243 for assistance.
Pregnancy Decision-Making Support
  • All-Options Talk Line
    • 1-888-493-0092
      Monday – Friday 10-1am, Saturday – Sunday 10-6pm EST 
    • Toll free talkline. Peer-based counseling and support for pregnancy and pregnancy decision-making, parenting, abortion, adoption, infertility or pregnancy loss. Accessible in Canada – may be asked to leave a message if someone isn’t available.
  • Choice in Health Clinic
    • Contact: 647-370-3203 to book an appointment.
    • Counselling: offers free pre- and post-abortion counselling services with a psychotherapist, available Mondays for virtual support (telephone or video conferencing) by appointment only. 
    • Health Systems Navigation: offers assistance for clients to coordinate access to services that they may not know of or have access to otherwise. Can provide referrals and information related to financial aid, finding a family doctor, counselling services, mental health supports, and much more. Appointments for this service are available Tuesday- Friday at 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. by telephone or video conference.
  • Faith Aloud Clergy Counselling line
    • Contact: (toll free) 1-888-717-5010
    • If you have spiritual concerns about abortion or pregnancy decisions, Faith Aloud is here to walk with you. Connect to compassionate clergy and religious counselors who will listen and offer support without judgment.
  • Planned Parenthood Toronto
    • Contact: (416) 961-0113 or check out appointments page for full hours. 
    • Eligibility: 13-29 years old. Free decision-making, pregnancy options, and post-abortion support with a therapist. Individual, relationship and group counselling on any topic.
  • SHORE Centre in Kitchener-Waterloo
    • Contact: (519) 743-9360; info@shorecentre.ca
    • Address: 130-235 King St. E., Kitchener, ON
    • Offers several virtual options for emotional support and pregnancy decision-making.

 

Spanish-Speaking Resources

 

We are looking for volunteer translators to help us translate these resources from English to Spanish! Please contact niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with this effort.

 

  • SHORE Centre in Kitchener-Waterloo
    • Contact: (519) 743-9360; info@shorecentre.ca
    • Address: 130-235 King St. E., Kitchener, ON
    • Offers phone consultations on pregnancy options, abortion options, and post-abortion support, and they work with a local multicultural centre to offer services in many different languages. You can book a virtual appointment using their online system here. To indicate that you will need interpretation services at your appointment, and to book offline, give them a call at the number listed above.
  • Planned Parenthood
    • Planned Parenthood (based in the U.S.) has information about options for abortion written in Spanish here.
    • They also have information about different options for pregnancy here.
    • You can call them at 1-800-230-7526 and press 2 to speak to somebody in Spanish. Please keep in mind that they are U.S. based.
  • National Abortion Federation (NAF) Canada
    • Call the NAF Hotline: 1-800-772-9100 (English and Spanish)
    • NAF Canada provides funding to cover the costs associated with an abortion to eligible individuals. To be eligible, individuals must have demonstrated financial need.
    • There is a lot of additional information on their webpage linked above, such as hours of operation for the hotline and how their services work. If you are having trouble getting connected to a counselor at NAF Canada, please email niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com and we can help connect you.
  • Please email niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com to inquire about accessing full-spectrum doula services through an interpreter.

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
Shelters
  • Abbey House
    • Contact: 905-684-9736 or email abbeyhousepd@nrnc.ca
    • Transitional housing for Indigenous women with or without children. Must have a referral from another agency. This is not an emergency shelter. Abbey House charges a pro-rated rent based on 30 per cent of the resident’s income and allows them to stay for up to three years.
    • May have work and/or goal-setting requirements.
  • 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
    • They have emergency shelter for women, men, and families, as well as transitional housing programs with apartments in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. Call the numbers listed above for more information.
    • Pets may not be allowed.
  • Nightlight Youth Shelter
    • Contact: 905-358-3678
    • Address: 5519 Ontario Ave, Niagara Falls
    • “Short Term residence is for youth who are homeless or are without secure stable housing. The residence provides youth experiencing homelessness with temporary shelter and basic needs, as well as a comprehensive support system including 24-hour staffing and intake, access to community resources and the implementation of various Development Programs.”
    • Serves Male, Female & Non-Binary youth aged 16-30
    • Pets may not be allowed.
  • Out of the Cold – Start Me Up Niagara
    • PLEASE NOTE CONNECTION TO POLICE: Regularly invites police to the shelter and warming shelter when guests are present. 
    • Contact: Call or text 289-302-6682, or call 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
    • “The Seasonal Emergency Overnight Shelters are the responsibility of Start Me Up Niagara. They are provided at 2 locations, Westminster United Church in St. Catharines and St. Andrews United Church in Niagara Falls.”
      • Westminster United: Doors open every night from November 1 to May 31, 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. with 45 beds available in St. Catharines.
      • St. Andrews: 25 beds are open for guests every night from November 1 to April 30, 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m in Niagara Falls.
    • Pets are not allowed
  • 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.
    • Pets are not allowed
  • Southridge Shelter
    • Contact: 905-682-2477
    • Address: 201 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines
    • Individuals over 18
    • The shelter is high barrier and religiously affiliated. Guests are required to partake in Christian religious practices. 
    • Pets are not allowed
  • The Raft Youth Hostel
    • Contact: 905-984-4365 or 1-833-984-4365
    • Address: 17 Centre St., St. Catharines
    • Pets may not be allowed.
  • 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.
    • Pets may not be allowed.
  • Gillian’s Place
    • Contact: (905) 684-8331
    • Address: 15 Gibson Place, St. Catharines
      • Emergency shelter: 5032 King Street, Beamsville
    • For women and children. Statement on their website expresses their services are welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals.
    • Pets may not be allowed.

If you know of any other resources/services, see any outdated information, or have had a negative experience with a particular organization or service that we should take off the list, please let us know! Email us at niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com.