Helpful Links

Brain Injury Associations


Brain Injury Canada: Brain Injury Canada’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families/caregivers living with brain injury in Canada.  They facilitate post-trauma research, education, awareness and advocacy in partnership with national, provincial/territorial and regional associations and other stakeholders.


Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA): The Ontario Brain Injury Association is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization and their mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury through education, awareness and support.

Community-based Organizations and Programs

Ontario 211: Ontario 211 is a helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services.

Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS): CHATS is a not-for-profit charitable organization that enhances health, wellness, and independence for York Region and South Simcoe seniors and caregivers.

March of Dimes: March of Dimes Canada provides a wide range of services to people with physical disabilities throughout the country.

Toronto ABI Network: The Toronto ABI Network helps hospitals and community-based programs connect people with Acquired Brain Injury to the services they need. 

Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS): CHIRS is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons living with the effects of Acquired Brain Injury by providing evidence-based community and client-centred services.

PACE Independent Living
: PACE is a non profit community support service organization that provides support services to adults with disabilities.

Aphasia Institute: The Aphasia Institute is a Canadian community-based centre of excellence, pioneering programs and practices that help people with aphasia learn how to communicate in new ways, and begin to navigate their own lives again.

Caregiver Resources

The Ontario Caregiver Organization: The Ontario Caregiver Helpline provides caregivers with a one-stop resource for information and support.
1-833-416-2273 (CARE)

OBIA’s Caregiving after Brian Injury: An online education and training program provided by OBIA for caregivers of brain injury survivors.

Financial Assistance Resources

Financial Assistance for People with Disabilities (York Region): List of programs that provide financial assistance for people with physical and developmental disabilities.

Holland Bloorview’s List of Emergency Funding Sources: This tipsheet provides a list of governmental and non-governmental emergency funds and supports for families, in situations where they may need help urgently to pay for or find basic necessities.

The Bright Futures Ability Network: The Bright Futures Ability Network prepared a newsletter to help people better understand the financial support available to them.

Mental Health Resources

Wellness Together Canada: Free mental health and substance use online tools and resources.

ConnexOntario: ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling. Their information service is live-answer 24/7, confidential, and free.

mindyourmind: mindyourmind is an online space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with community partners and young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

And Then It Hit Me (podcast): And Then It Hit Me is a multidisciplinary health and wellness space offering medical, mental and emotional support to survivors, caregivers (family and friends) and medical professionals of all trauma, cofounded by Lindsay Sproat and Frances-Rose Sotto.

Addictions Resources

ConnexOntario: Information to connect with them is listed above under Mental Health Resources.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA provide a point of contact between individual groups, their members, and the public by providing resources and information for those suffering from alcoholism.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA): Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization that offers recovery from the effects of addiction through abstinence coupled with working a twelve-step program and regular attendance at group meetings.

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine: Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine compiled a list of online resources for people with substance use disorders.

Concussion Resources

Pink Concussions: PINK Concussions is a non-profit organization to focus on pre-injury education and post-injury medical care for women and girls with brain injury including concussion incurred from sport, violence, accidents or military service. 

Stop Concussions: The StopConcussions Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has four main pillars: Prevention, Education, Management and Research. StopConcussions was designed to educate players, administrators, physicians, coaches and officials on the cause, effects and consequences of concussions and neurotrama injuries in all sports. 

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation: The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) is a non-profit organization funded by the Ontario government that works to prevent neurotrauma, and ensure Ontarians with spinal cord and brain injuries.

Wellness Resources

Together in Movement and Exercise (TIME™): Exercise and Wellness Videos for People with Mobility Challenges

Love Your Brain: Love Your Brain is a not-for-profit organization that improves the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that incorporate yoga, mindfulness, and community.

COVID-19-Related Resources

211 Central: Priority services that are available during the COVID-19 pandemic, including food banks, food delivery, housing support, and mental health support.

Ontario Community Support Association: Helping isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario get meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials to stay safe at home during COVID-19.

Good Neighbour Project: Delivery assistance for groceries and supplies 
Helpline: 647-873-223

York Region Emergency Food Resources During COVID-19

Steps to Justice: Legal assistance for Ontario residents. Steps to Justice addresses COVID-19-related issues, including employment, income assistance, and housing law. 

Warm Line & Peer Crisis SupportNon-crisis and crisis live support for those living in York Region.

York Region Transit Service Changes Related to COVID-19

List of York Region Companies Supporting the COVID-19 Response

Vaughan Public Libraries At Home: You can apply online for a temporary digital library card that will give you access to their eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital resources – including a Digital Escape Room.

Newmarket Public Library: You can also apply online for a temporary digital library card that will give you access to all of their resources, including Kanopy (independent films), RBdigital Magazines (many popular magazines), Freegal (songs and music videos), STEM Village (develop skills inScience, Technology, Engineering and Math), among other things.

Richmond Hill Public Library: In addition to online library resources, they have also developed Themed Activities for children, including Staying-In Safari. 

Shop Local Richmond Hill – To support local restaurants and businesses.

Experience York Region: Take a look at the bottom of the page for a list of resources and activities that are taking place online.

Holland Bloorview Mental Health Supports: This tipsheet provides a listing of active mental health service providers and family mental health and wellness supports. Meditation and mindfulness apps and websites offering both free and fee-based content may also support the entire family during this uncertain time.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA): The CCSA compiled a list of ‘Safer Drinking Tips During COVID-19.’

Brain Injury Canada’s COVID-19 Articles and Information: Brain Injury Canada has created informative articles and helpful guides containing information about COVID-19, physical distancing, and ways to stay safe and happy while spending more time at home.

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