On this page you can find Toronto-based services that are dedicated to addressing the different needs of the Filipino/a/x communities in York Centre and the wider communities across Toronto and Ontario.
Resources for the Filipino community facing challenges from the COVID-19 virus
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Community Care Services
Services that cover a wider scale of the various needs of the Filipino/a/x community:
Free Tax Filing
Newcomer Youth and Newcomer LGBTQ2A+ Support
Peer to Peer Support
Persons with Disabilities Support
Youth and Youth LGBTQ2A+ Support
Free services that are dedicated to upgrading both skills and knowledge of individuals who face challenges to link their skills and career interests, internationally trained individuals, and youth job seekers. These supports may aid in attaining meaningful employment.
COSTI provides free employment services to guide individuals into employment. Some of their programs include: career assessment and planning services, employment programs for newcomers and internationally trained individuals, youth employment, and more.
The Filipino Youth Fellowship is a leadership development program for Filipina/x/o youth. The FYF program will provide Fellows with an understanding of the political process in local governance, while engaging with the wider Filipino community.
To access their services, book an appointment with an employment specialist for free one-on-one counselling to get help in developing a career path strategy, build your resume and cover letter, and improve your interview techniques.
Free Tax Filing Support
Services that help low-income individuals file for their taxes during the current and previous years.
Community Living Toronto has been a source of support for people with an intellectual disability and their families. They offer a wide range of services including person-directed planning, employment supports, supporter living, and community-based activities.
The Jane/Finch Centre provides a settlement services program that supports the successful integration of new immigrant youth and families through cultural, educational, economic, social and political engagement.
Services that are dedicated to help newcomer youth settle in their new homes. They will be connected to programs that would provide safe spaces for them to interact with others, join skills training workshops, and participate in fun activities.
CICS delivers multiple programs to youth ages 6 to 29 in the Toronto area at no cost. Programs and services that are provided include academic development, creating social connections, improving job readiness, and promoting mental and physical health.
New Circles can help individuals build new skills to find employment with their certificate training programs in Retail and Customer Service skills, Business Office skills, community/home support skills, and more.
NYCH offers programs that empower newcomer youth to express themselves and lead positive change. Through workshops and activities, they gain confidence, create new friendships, and improve their communication skills.
Peer to Peer Support
Services that introduce Filipino/a/x to youth or peer-guided spaces. This includes support groups, mental health healing spaces, peer mentorships in various settings, not excluding academic and career development.
FST is dedicated to support and provide different services in partnership with individuals who have developmental disabilities, their families, friends and communities. This includes providing a safe space for persons with disabilities and their families, supportive counseling, and advocacy.
CICS provides one-on-one services to provide information and assistance pertaining to settlement needs of immigrants in areas including housing, health, education, employment, taxation, citizenship, and more. They also provide information sessions, referrals, and community connection activities.
The North York Community House supports immigrants in filling out forms for government assistance programs such as Ontario works, child tax benefit, Ontario disability support, and more. They also provide information and referrals to educational, employment, health, housing, and legal services.
West Neighbourhood House runs a newcomer settlement program that provides information and support to help newcomers develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in society individually and as community members.
Services that are designed to encourage youth to participate in various programs to enhance their skills and abilities. Includes services that provide a safe space for youth experiencing or experienced separation/divorce and/or at-risk domesticities.
The Filipino Centre Toronto is established to help Filipinos preserve their identity and individuality while at the same time making their presence felt in their new country. They provide both recreational and educational programs, as well as vaccine clinics.
For Youth Initiative hosts a variety of programs for youth ages 12 to 29. They offer programs that help youth build their leadership, communication, and life skills as well as support them in their education, employment and career development, and mental health.
Unity is a national charity that uses Hip Hop art forms to promote resilience and well-being among underserved youth, creating healthier communities. They provide free programs that include performances, workshops, events, mentorship, volunteering, and more.
East Qrew Group is a queer and trans drop-in youth program offering interactive activities including arts, games, music, and workshops that focus on improving mental health, stress reduction and increasing life skills.
Sherbourne provides family health care, counselling, health education and supportive services to New Canadians (resident for 10 years or less), within Sherbourne’s neighbourhood; a diverse community of South East Toronto.
Hong Fook Mental Health Association is the leading ethno-cultural community mental health agency with a consolidated culturally competent team serving Asian and other communities in the Greater Toronto Area.
Available services for the Filipino/a/x community in need of the following:
Not-for-profit centre that serves newcomers and recently immigrated individuals and families. They offer a wide range of community programs for youth, women and seniors; and newcomer-specific services.
Kapit Bisig is a mutual aid network for Filipinos in Canada that was formed in response to COVID-19. Their Toronto chapter provides food, PPE, and other essentials to members of the Filipino community.
SEAS is a not-for-profit social service agency promoting individual well-being and encouraging community involvement. Programang Pinoy sa SEAS provides programs such as career readiness workshops, community building, and free field trips for youth.
Scarborough Co-op Market is a cooperative farmers market in Scarborough that prioritizes “Black and Indigenous suppliers, supporting farms with ethical labor and environmental practices, and offering a wide range of culturally specific products.” It is not for profit, and strives to make the market affordable and accessible to everyone.
SOSA is a platform for Filipino seniors to promote social, physical, and emotional well-being for its members. It is also a way for new immigrants, isolated seniors, and less fortunate seniors to connect and showcase their skills and talents to their community.
Seniors in Action is a non-profit organization that promotes mental and physical health through participating in various activities such as dancing, going on excursions, and helping their communities through volunteering initiatives.
The Bathurst-Finch Hub brings together several organizations that offer primary health care, counseling and dental services, as well as employment, settlement, and legal services.
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Recognition of settler relationship to the land
This is a living evergreen document for settlers on Turtle Island, particularly the Filipino/a/x groups based in Treaty 13 (Toronto) and Treaty 1 (Winnipeg) territories who are part of the Filipino Youth Fellowship. We do not hold ownership over the resources shared below, and are not meant to be a complete list of resources and/or actions. This document recognizes the different mechanisms in which mental health manifests in our daily lives, with ourselves, and with our communities. Thus, we continue to hold regard to the differences of resources that are at the necessity of COVID-19 context, trauma-informed, clinically-based, and those of healing spaces.