SOY: Supporting Our Youth

Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an exciting, dynamic community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth and adult communities.

SOY runs a number of groups, programs and events that support the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth ages 29 years and under. Their programming is free and offers identity-affirming spaces specific to a variety of demographics and ways of moving through the world, such as a black queer youth group, a newcomer and immigrant queer and trans youth group, and art programs rooted in self-care.

Kids Help Phone (up to 20 years)


Canada-wide toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide support to young people across the country.


Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Call to Action

This booklet is written by Spirit Bear as a youth-guide to the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action. Spirit Bear was born in a huckleberry patch in the Carrier Sekani Territory in British Columbia but he spends most of his time on the lands of the Algonquin people in a city called Ottawa. Ottawa is also where the Government of Canada lives. Governments makes laws and provide the services that everyone needs, like clean water, education, and health-care. Source: First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada


Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for low-income people. Services include:

  • legal representation for eligible clients who appear in court without a lawyer;
  • legal aid applications and information over the phone;
  • legal resources and referrals to other social assistance agencies; and
  • a certificate program for complex and serious cases.

Legal Aid Ontario also funds 77 community legal clinics throughout the province. 13 of these clinics provide specialty legal services (including Justice for Children and Youth). Each is a non-profit legal centre, governed by an independent board of directors representative of the community it serves. Clinics employ lawyers, legal workers, paralegals and administrative staff to provide information, legal advice and representation.