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Lifestyle Supports

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Lifestyle Supports

Balancing work and life can be a challenge. But the right resources and supports will make all the difference. Below is a list of valuable lifestyle supports to help find your right balance.

Child Care & Parenting

Child Care Services
Visit the Child Care Services Website:
220 Clarence Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 756-3150

If you have a limited income and are working, going to school, or participating in a program under Ontario Works, you may be eligible for subsidized child care in licensed programs. Call for details.

Early Years Centre
Visit the Early Years Centre Website:
330 West Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 759-3833

Provides information about all the programs and services available in the community for children up to age 6, and helps families connect with those services. The centre also offers drop-in programs, education, and training to parents and caregivers. It maintains an up-to-date listing of child care providers in the community.

Kid’s Help Phone

Confidential support for children. 24-hours.

Parent Help Line

24-hour telephone support.

L.E.A.P. – Learning, Earning, and Parenting
220 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 759-3330

L.E.A.P. helps you earn your high school education while learning valuable employment and parenting skills. If you have young children and are participating in Ontario Works, you may qualify for L.E.A.P. Call for more details.

Contact Brant
643 Park Road North, Brantford, ON
(519) 758-8228
Visit the Contact Brant website:

A place for people seeking child and developmental services in Brantford and Brant County. Provides links to a variety of community services and supports.

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Housing Services, City of Brantford
Vising the Housing Services website:
220 Colborne St., Brantford, ON
Monday to Friday; 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.
(519) 759-3330

The Housing Services oversees social housing programs in Brantford and Brant County. The rent in these units is set according to the income of the household (generally 30% of gross income). Note that there is a waiting list. There are also some market rent units available. Call or visit the office for more information and details on how to apply.

Brantford Native Housing
Visit the Brantford Native Housing website:
318 ½ Colborne St. East, Brantford, ON
(519) 756-2205

Subsidized housing is provided for low-income Native families. Housing is available in homes located in Brantford. Call or visit the office to obtain an application form and get more info.

Brantford Welcome In
Visit the Brantford Welcome In website:
3305 West St, Brantford, ON, N3S 3V6
(226) 250-0120
Emergency? Call the Director's moblie: (519) 755.6059

Brantford Welcome In Resource Centre (BWRIC) is an incorporated charitable, not for profit agency. Our mission is to provide emergency shelter to those who are homeless and to assist them to try to get out of the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Nova Vita – Women’s Shelter & Transitional Housing
Visit the Nova Vita website:
59 North Park Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-4357

Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services operates a 30-bed shelter for abused and homeless women and their children. Emergency, safe accommodation is available at no cost to our clients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, Maria House, a home for families in transition, offers longer term residential stays for up to eight women and children in a setting that combines independent living with counseling and life skills training.

Salvation Army Men’s Hostel
187 Dalhousie St., Brantford, ON
(519) 753-8030

The Salvation Army provides sheltering services to men in addition to various other programs. Call for more details.

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Brantford Transit
Visit the Brantford Transit website:
64 Darling Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 753-3847

Providing access to transportation through-out the City of Brantford. Maps and fare information available by visiting the terminal or call for details.

Paris to Brantford to Paris Shuttle Bus
64 Darling Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 442-7873

A twice-daily shuttle service between Paris and Brantford. The bus departs for Brantford from Liquidation World plaza in Paris at 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The bus departs for Paris from the Brantford Transit Terminal at 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Greyhound Canada
Visit the Greyhound Canada website:
64 Darling Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 756-5011

Greyhound offers transportation between numerous communities in Canada.

Brant Taxi
Visit the Brant Taxi website:
289 Murray St., Brantford, ON
(519) 752-1010

Brant Taxi offers services 24 hours per day, 7 days a week to local and long distance transportation needs.

City Taxi
Visit the City Taxi:
40 Dalhousie St., Brantford, ON
(519) 759-7800

City Taxi offers services 24 hours per day, 7 days a week to local and long distance transportation needs.

VIA Rail
Visit the VIA Rail website:
5 Wadsworth St., Brantford, ON

VIA Rail Canada offers intercity passenger rail services to many major points through-out Canada.

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Health Access & Disability Support


Telehealth Ontario

Free, confidential health information available by phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A registered nurse will answer your questions, assess your symptoms, and advise you if you should go to the doctor, clinic, or hospital. You do not need your OHIP number.

Health Information Line
(519) 753-4937 x259

Monday to Friday; 8:30a.m. to 12p.m. and 1p.m. to 4:30p.m. Public health nurses at the Brant County Health Unit are available to answer health/medical questions and direct callers to community resources as required.

Poison Information Centre

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Brantford General Hospital
Visit the Brantford General Hospital webite:
220 Terrace Hill Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-7871

Providing, among other services, 24-hour emergency care.

Willett Hospital
Visit the Willett Hospital website:
238 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON
(519) 442-2251

Providing, among other services, Urgent Care 7 days per week. Call for details and hours.

Urgent Care Clinic
40 Shellington Place, Brantford, ON
(519) 753-9581

Community walk-in clinic available 7 days per week. Call for details and hours.

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Community Living Brant
Visit the Community Living Brant website:
366 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 756-2662

Community Living Brant helps create, develop, and promote supportive services to people involved with and affected by developmental challenges, so that they may experience all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities as members of the community.

Ontario Disability Support Program (Government of Ontario)
Visit the ODSP website:
3195 Henry Street, Building 4, Unit 2, Brantford, ON
(519) 756-5790

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is designed to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities who are in financial need, or who want and are able to work and need support. Ontarians 65 years or older who are not eligible for Old Age Security may also qualify for ODSP supports if they are in financial need.

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Family/General Practitioners
Visit the webstie:

For a list of current doctors accepting patients in Brantford and the County of Brant, please visit the website.

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Addictions & Mental Health


Alcoholics Anonymous
(519) 752-5981

Also provides Al-Anon, Alateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics (Support for relatives/friends of alcoholics).

Eating Disorder Services of Brant
(519) 751-7544 x. 234

Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline

Smokers Helpline

Addictions Services – St. Leonard’s Community Services
Visit the St. Leonard's website:
1100 Clarence Street South, Suite 101, Brantford, ON
(519) 754-0253

St. Leonard’s provides assessment and treatment services for individuals who have an alcohol, drug, or gambling addiction. Special services are also available for youth.

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St. Leonard’s Mobile Crisis Response Service
(519) 759-7188

24-hour mental health crisis line for children, youth to age 18, and adults. St. Leonard’s Community Services telephone and, if necessary, on site crisis counseling.

Eclipse – Depressive & Manic Depressive
(519) 752-2998

Support and Education Group.

24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line
(519) 752-CARE (2273)

Assistance available 24-hours for individuals aged 16 and over.

24-Hour Crisis Line – Sexual Assault Centre of Brant
Visit the website:
(519) 751-3471

Available 24-hours a day to both female and male survivors of sexual violence as well as their friends and family members.

Victim Services of Brant
(519) 752-3140 or (519) 756-7050

Assist those victimized by a criminal act or other traumatic events.

Bereavement Support Group - “Living with Loss”
(519) 752-2211

Brant Community Healthcare System – BGH
Community Mental Health Building, Floor MH5
225 St. Paul Ave, Brantford, ON
(519) 751-5530

Services Mental Health Day Program, Mental Health Support Group, Anxiety Disorders Program, Kool Kats Recreation Program, Vocational Incentive Program, and Medication Clinic, Mental Health Triage, Crisis Counseling, Rural Outreach, Mobile Response, Peer Support.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Visit the CMHA website:
44 King St. Suite 203, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-2998

The CMHA provides resources and supports including programs Works for Me, Community Support Services, Mental Health Promotion, and Life Skills.

Sexual Assault Centre of Brant
Visit the Sexual Assult Centre of Brantford website:
211 Brant Avenue, Brantford, ON
(519) 751-1164

Counseling and support services for women 16 and over that are survivors of sexual violence, including survivors of child sexual abuse.

Family Counselling Centre of Brant, Inc.
Visit the website:
28 Brant Ave., Brantford, ON
(519) 753-4173

Counseling for individuals, couples, and families. Therapy addresses a range of issues including overcoming and adapting to life crises. Fee based upon client’s ability to pay.

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Food & Meal Resources


Monthly Food Calendar and Food Bank/Cupboard Calendar 

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Brantford Food Bank
1100 Clarence Street S., Suite 102, Brantford, ON
(519) 751-4357

Monday to Friday; 1p.m. to 4p.m. Emergency food; services may be accessed once a month. ID required for all members of the household.

Brant County Food Bank

326 Grand River Street N., Paris, ON
(519) 442-3271

Monday and Wednesday; 10a.m. to 1:00p.m. Emergency food; ID required for all household members.

The Salvation Army Family Services
23 West Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-7814

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1p.m. to 4p.m. Food; vouchers for formula, diapers, baby food, thrift store. Services may be accessed once every three months.

AGAPE – Ohsweken Food Bank
Located behind Six Nations Pentecostal Church
(519) 445-0442

Monday, Thursday; 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. (closed July, August). Health card or band number is needed.

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Food Basics

84 Lynden Road, Brantford, ON
(519) 759-5850

Monday to Wednesday 8a.m. to 9p.m.; Thursday to Friday 8a.m. to 10p.m.; Saturday 8a.m. to 7p.m.; Sunday 9:30a.m. to 5p.m.

Food Basics
265 King George Rd, Brantford, ON
(519) 759-0571

Monday to Friday 8a.m. to 9p.m.; Saturday 8a.m. to 6p.m.; Sunday 10a.m. to 5p.m.

50 Market Street South, Brantford, ON
(519) 759-7952

Monday to Friday 8a.m. to 10p.m.; Saturday 8a.m. to 10p.m.; Sunday 8p.m. to 9p.m.

No Frills
603 Colborne St., Brantford, ON

Monday to Thursdsay 8a.m. to 9p.m.; Friday 8a.m. to 10p.m.; Saturday 8a.m. to 8p.m.; Sunday 9a.m. to 7p.m.

No Frills
108 Colborne St. W.  Brantford, ON

Monday to Thursdsay 8a.m. to 9p.m.; Friday 8a.m. to 10p.m.; Saturday 8a.m. to 8p.m.; Sunday 9a.m. to 7p.m.

Wholesale Club
16 Morton Street  Brantford, ON

Monday to Saturday 7a.m. to 5p.m.; Sunday CLOSED.

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The Brantford Brant Food Calendar
View the Brantford Brant Food Calendar:
220 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 759-3330

An in-depth guide to the food assistance programs available throughout Brantford and the City of Brant. Updated each month.

The Blessing Centre
79 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 753-8030

Pick up a monthly schedule from the Centre.

Salvation Army Economeals
95 Darling Street, Brantford, ON (St. Andrew’s United Church)

Monday; 4:30p.m. to 6p.m.

Soup for the Soul
95 Darling Street, Brantford, ON (St. Andrew’s United Church)
(519) 753-8030

Tuesday and Thursday; 4:30p.m. to 6p.m.

Daily Bread Dinners
15 Albion St., Brantford, ON (Grace Anglican Church)

Wednesday; 4:30p.m. to 6p.m.

Weekday Lunches
87 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, ON (Salvation Army Booth Centre)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 12:15p.m.

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Legal & Financial Guidence


Community Legal Clinic
1100 Clarence Street S., Suite 203
(519) 752-8669 or 1-888-341-5021

Assists with: tenant’s rights, welfare rights, ODSP, employment insurance, worker’s comp, human rights, Canada pensions. Services are free to those who meet eligibility requirements.

Lawyer Referral Service

Free 30-minute consultation. You will be given the name and telephone number of a lawyer in your community.

Legal Aid
18 A Darling Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 759-4250

Assess for Legal Aid. Must have criminal charges. Family related, custody access, child support, C.A.S. Financially assessed for service. Assistance with a lawyer. May be asked to enter payment program depending upon disposable income.

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Credit Counseling and Consumer Education
(519) 753-4173

Counseling and assistance to reduce dept, develop a workable budget, and prevent further credit and debt problems.

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Recreation & Leisure


Branlyn Community Centre
238 Brantwood Park Road, Brantford, ON
(519) 758-1444

Brantford Seniors Centre
219 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 756-3261

Burford Community Centre & Arena
11 Potter Drive, Burford, ON
(519) 449-6511

Eagle Place Community Centre
333 Erie Avenue, Brantford, ON
(519) 754-0711

Resurrection Community Centre
17 Ravenwood Road, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-0413

South Dumfries Community Centre
5 Main Street S., St. George, ON
(519) 448-1831

Syl Apps Community Centre
51 William Street, Paris, ON
(519) 442-3342

T.B. Costain/S.C. Johnson Community Centre
16 Morrel Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-5509

Woodman Park Community Centre
491 Grey Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-0890

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Boys & Girls Club
2 Edge Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-2964

Children’s and teen’s after school programs including sports, fitness, games, arts and crafts, and music. Adult fitness and recreation programs. Fees apply, but subsidies are available.

Brantford YMCA / YWCA
143 Wellington, Brantford, ON
(519) 752-6568

Health, fitness, recreation, sports, aquatics, and general interest programs for all members of the family. Membership and/or course fees apply, but assisted or subsidized memberships are available to low income individuals and families. Call or visit the Y for details.

Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
254 North Park Street, Brantford, ON
(519) 756-9900

Aquatics, skating arenas, health and fitness, and recreational programs for children and adults. Subsidies for children’s programs are available.

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