If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 for police/fire/ambulance.
If you are in crisis, see the 'Crisis Services' section of our 'Making Choices' resource guide elsewhere on this web site, to locate the phone number of the crisis service for the area of Toronto in which you reside. A crisis may be described as any serious, immediate situation for which you do not have the necessary skills and/or resources to cope. You may also go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital.
For other emergency or after-hours health problems, it is often best to call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. A register's nurse will ask detailed questions about your problem, and determine whether you need to go to a hospital emergency department, a walk-in clinic or your family doctor.The Street Helpline is the place to phone for assistance in finding emergency shelter or a meal. Their phone number is 1-866-392-3777 (toll-free) or 416-392-3777. The Street Helpline is in operation around the clock during the winter months; during the rest of the year if you need help outside their 8 am – midnight operating hours please call 211.