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COVID-19 Updates

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 Referrals section on this page for more information on how to access abortion referrals in Niagara.

NRJ COVID-19 Statement:

For those of us who find ourselves in positions of privilege with sufficient access to resources during these difficult times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to look out toward your community to ensure others have what they need.

It has been amazing to see our community quickly mobilize to protect and support one another. As a reproductive justice organization, we acknowledge that other needs, such as access to abortion and sexual health resources, do not stop due to the new pandemic. Wait times in hospitals and clinics are longer, which affects access to things such as contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, HIV treatment, among many other sexual and reproductive health concerns. Childcare is an increasing concern for many working parents whose children are staying home from school. For parents of young children, accessing daily necessities is becoming more difficult. Anti-choicers will also remain active in our community and will continue spreading dangerous and harmful messages throughout Niagara while we face COVID-19.

We agree with Action Canada for Sexual and Human Rights’ statement that: “Crises like COVID-19 expose where social, economic, and health inequality are most pervasive – and underpins the need for a unified movement to build a fairer, more equitable world. We also stand in solidarity and gratitude with all health care workers on the frontline of this public health crisis.”

If you need help accessing resources, or want to know where to donate your resources or money, please DM us or reach out to us at niagarareproductivejustice@gmail.com

Free Condoms

Abortion Referrals

  • 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
    • (888) 642‑2725
    • 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 (no health card needed)
    • 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.
  • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

Resources for Queer Folks

PrEP/PEP

Prenatal Care

Support for People Living with HIV

Support for Expecting and New Parents

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Support

  • CARSA – Niagara Sexual Assault Centre
    • Crisis hotline: (905) 682-4584; Business line: (905) 682-7258
    • 43 Church Street, Suite 503, St. Catharines
  • Design for a New Tomorrow
    • 502-60 James Street, St. Catharines
    • (905) 684-1223
    • dfnt@dfnt.ca
  • Gillian’s Place (all services open during Covid)
    • 15 Gibson Place, St. Catharines (offers emergency shelter)
    • 5032 King Street, Beamsville
    • (905) 684-8331
  • Brock University: Sexual Violence Support and Response (offering virtual appointments)
    • Larisa Fry: MCE 215; (905) 688-5550 x6174
    • svsec@brocku.ca

Support for Sex Workers

  • YWCA
    • Offers weekly meetup “Sex Trade on My Terms” Wednesdays 6pm-11pm
    • 124 Queenston St., St. Catharines; (905) 246-4483
    • Covid update: In-person meetings have been cancelled; however, please call (905) 246-4483 for other opportunities to connect

STI Testing

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre locations (No health card needed)
    • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12; appointment only (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)
  • 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 (free, does not require health card)
    • Drop in every Monday afternoon
    • 120 Queenston St.
  • Walk-in Clinics (requires OHIP or UHIP)
    • Located throughout the region
  • The Health Bus – go to niagararegion.ca and search “health bus” for the schedule and list of services (free and no health card needed)
    • No set schedule but is still fully operational during covid
    • Call 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 to request outreach or see where the bus is

Morning After Pill

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre locations (free and no health card needed)
    • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12; appointment only (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)
  • The Health Bus (free and no health card needed)
    • Go to niagararegion.ca and search “health bus” for the schedule and list of services 
    • No set schedule but is still fully operational during covid
    • Call 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 to request outreach or see where the bus is
  • Walk in Clinics – requires OHIP or UHIP
    • Located throughout the region

Low-Cost Birth Control

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre locations (must be under 35 to buy from the clinic)
    • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12; appointment only (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)
    • For pricing, visit this site.

Sexual Health Counselling

  • Niagara Region Sexual Health Centre locations (no health card needed)
    • Fort Erie – 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12; appointment only (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)
  • The Health Bus (free and no health card needed)
    • Go to niagararegion.ca and search “health bus” for the schedule and list of services 
    • No set schedule but is still fully operational during covid
    • Call 905-688-8248 ext. 7512 to request outreach or see where the bus is

Support for Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Infant Loss

  • Strive Niagara
    • 285 East Main Street, Welland
    • (905) 735- 2566
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss (PAIL) (located in Whitby, ON)
    • Offers support via phone and monthly support groups
    • pailnetwork@sunnybrook.ca; (888) 303-7245
  • Women’s Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joe’s in Hamilton
    • 100 West 5th Street, Level One, Hamilton
    • (905) 522-1155 x33605
  • Emily Pollack, MSW, RSW
    • Local maternal and family counselling ($110 for hour session with sliding scale option)
    • 411 Louth St, St Catharines
    • (647) 629-4520
  • Niagara Region’s postpartum depression study
    • 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.
    • (905) 980-6000 x3779
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