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Counselling Services

Solutions Counselling Service Inc.

Located at:
3585 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 3H5

You can speak to Ms. Donnett Stewart about any counselling you need. The hours of operation are 8am-9pm, seven days a week. They service to adolescents and families who are in crisis. They provide aftercare support to individuals who have been recently been discharged from hospitals, group homes, shelters, prisons, etc. Services can be provided at home or community through specialized screening.

They have "fifteen years experience in community and social services". Their services are strictly confidential.

Head Office
21 Overlea Blvd., suite 1003
Toronto, Ontario
M4H 1P2

You can call them anytime at (416) 423-5664

Materials prepared by Shabana Bhutta


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Health Services

African Community Health Services

790 Bay St., Suite 1140
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 1N8

The project coordinator is Esther Tharao. This health service caters to all people and gears its clients to African immigrants and African Canadians. The African Community Health Service is dedicated to the promotional of the mental, socio-economic, physical and cultural health of African Canadians, primarily in Ontario but across Canada in the spirit of our multicultural, multiracial and multilingual society.

The inter-African HIV/AIDS project provides:

  • Supportive Education
  • Counselling
  • Referral and practical support for urban youth, young adults including gay and lesbian youth, troubled youth, youth with addictions and those involved in prostitution

You can reach them at (416) 591-7600
Feel free to write them at:
African Community Health Services
790 Bay St., Suite 1140
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 1N8

Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9-5
Languages Spoken: Amharic, English, Ibo, Somali, Trigrinya, French, and Twi. By arrangement they will attempt to arrange translators for other African languages

Source: The Blue Directory of Community Services in Toronto: Community Information Toronto
Materials prepared by Natalie Hamilton

Nursing and Home Health Care Inc.

2347 Kennedy Rd, suite 204
Scarborough, Ontario
M1T 3T8

Nursing and Home Health Care are a group of trained professional such as:

  • Registered nurses
  • Attendants
  • Registered practical nurses
  • Homemakers
  • Health care aides

The clinic offers services to the wider public and gears its clients to African/Caribbean Canadians. They provide:

  • Clinical Therapy
  • Certain Counselling
  • Trained PSW Workers
  • Supportive Education
  • In-Home Private Nursing Care

You can reach them at (416) 754-0700
or toll free at 1-800-387-7390 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Various foreign languages spoken.

Materials prepared by Natalie Hamilton


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Legal Services

African Canadian Legal Clinic

330 Bay Street, Suite 306
Toronto, Ontario. M5H 2S8
Phone: (416) 214-4747

The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) is a non-profit organization whose main focus is to address anti-Black racism.
The ACLC is set up to address systemic racism and racial discrimination in Ontario through test case litigation (a strategy allowing a case to be presented showing that an existing law is unfair.)*
Much attention is paid to legislative changes, regulatory, administrative and judicial developments.

The ACLC was a key player in forming community coalitions and advocating on behalf of the African Canadian community on key issues such as:

  • Civilian Oversight of Police
  • Police Violence
  • Immigration Detention

As a community based legal agency, there are many services the ACLC provide for African-Canadians, such as

  • Confronting government policies that affect the African Canadian community
  • Representing the African-Canadian community in cases that are previously brought before the courts and administrative tribunals
  • Assist in public education and bring attention towards racial discrimination that exists in Canada

Currently, there are no services available for individuals, but much effort is given to guide individuals to appropriate service agencies.

The African Canadian Legal Clinic is an important and necessary part of the African-Canadian community for numerous reasons. It provides the courts and other legal systems an opportunity to understand the standpoint of the African Canadian community on issues such as systemic and institutional discrimination. This organization is set up to assist the African Canadian community with their ongoing legal struggles.

If anyone is interested in learning more about ACLC or volunteering their services, please contact the ACLC at (416) 214-4747

Sources: Black Pages: 6th Annual Edition (1997-98), Metropolitan Toronto and Montreal Work cited and referenced by information pamphlets provided by: Dareer Mohamed of ACLC
Materials prepared by Linelle D'Souza


PIGNALOSA Legal Services

3500 Dufferin Street, Suite 602
Toronto, Ontario M3K 1N2
The hours of operation are from Monday to Friday from 9-5

Pignalosa has lawyers such as Owen G. D'Acres, working in the legal field for over ten years. Mr. D'Acres specializes in accident benefit and Worker's Compensation Board (WCB) claims.

Other areas of specialty include:

  • Car accidents
  • Contract law
  • Family law
  • Corporate law
  • Commercial law
  • Debtor/Creditor law
  • Real Estate law
  • Estate law

For free consultation, please call Pignalosa at (416) 638-0709 or (416) 382-3322

Materials prepared by Linelle D'Souza


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