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Autism Community Training

ACT provides a wide-range of autism-related training to parents and professionals, mostly at Simon Fraser University's Downtown Campus in Vancouver, Canada. We also web stream events and these are open to registrants internationally. We offer bursaries to parents and professionals, targeting low-income participants.

ACT’s Autism Manual for BC

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. is a manual for Living and Working with Children and Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Community organizations and parents are welcome to print the relevant sections of the manual for easy reference. If you have corrections or updates, please email info@actcommunity.ca

Community Options for Children and Families

Community Options for Children and Families is a welcoming, innovative organization that provides a wide range of services to people with developmental disabilities, their families and their caregivers on South Vancouver Island. We work in partnership with other organizations, individuals and government to ensure the inclusion of all people in our community.

Autism Information Services BC

Autism Information Services British Columbia (AIS BC) is a provincial information centre for autism and related disorders that provides information and supports to families, service providers, and community professionals across B.C. Our experienced staff are available by phone, in person, or by email to explain the range of best practice treatment options for autism spectrum disorder to help you navigate the BC service system.

Tseycum First Nation HeadStart Program

Tseycum HeadStart Program is a program that supports activities focused on early childhood learning and development for First Nations children from birth to age six and their families. This includes pre and post natal support, cultural development programs, parenting and education programs and workshops, infant and toddler development programs, health screening, monitoring and referrals, fitness and nutrition, exercise, yoga for kids, Afterschool and Breakfast programs and literacy support.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

Early Childhood Development staff provides family support in such areas as parenting and life skills. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. The program is open to all Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) families, and runs Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm (lunch is served at 12 pm daily). Activities may include regalia making, fitness, playgroups, health talks, crafts, and parent support groups.

Supported Child Development

Working with families, the Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) provides consultation, extra staffing supports and staff training to child care providers and early childhood educators. The SCDP helps to ensure that all children are included in, and learn from, their preschool, daycare, or child care arrangement in Greater Victoria. Referrals are accepted from both parents and professionals who work with children with developmental and behavioural challenges from birth to 19 years.

Prevention Speech

This program provides speech and language services to infants, toddlers and preschool children. To receive services, children must: have only speech and/or language delays or disorders, and be preschool aged – not yet eligible for kindergarten. Speech-language assessments and treatment are offered at the five regional public health units located in Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, West Shore and the Peninsula. Visit the website to contact the Health Unit closest to you.

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Seating

Queen Alexandra provides orthotics, foot care, splinting, prosthetics, pedorthics, seating, and assistive devices to people of all ages across Vancouver Island. They care for people who need acute care, emergency, and rehabilitation services. Whatever your physical needs or challenges, they can help you go where and do what you want. Their services are located in at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, in the Fisher Building, 2400 Arbutus Road. These services are referral-based, please talk to your doctor about obtaining a referral.

BC211

BC211 connects people to the community, government and social services they need. You can call or text 2-1-1 any day of the week, between 8 AM and 11PM. They offer confidential, multi-lingual, and texting services. You can also chat online, link is below.

La Leche League (Saanich Peninsula)

La Leche League Canada offers free mother-to-mother breastfeeding and chestfeeding information and support. Leaders are available to help by phone, email, text, or home- or hospital visits. There are also monthly meetings for mothers and moms-to-be, partners and children to meet and share their successes and challenges.  Visit the website link to find the very active Facebook group, where meetings are announced, links are shared, and questions are asked and answered. You can connect with La Leche League *before* your baby is born! Contact Sarah, Margaret or Darlene for meeting times and location.

Pregnancy Support and Information

Island Sexual Health offers information on pregnancy, testing, options and decision making. They are are a pro-choice organization that offers non-biased, factual, and comprehensive information equally on all options available in Canada. They believe a pregnant person has the ability and right to make the best decision for themselves when they are given objective, non biased information. You can make an appointment for more information and support. The Victoria Clinic is located at #101-3960 Quadra Street

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

The centre helps immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities settle and adapt into new lives in Greater Victoria. Their mission is to assist in the settlement and adjustment of immigrants and refugees in Canada, and to provide services designed to increase the newcomer's participation in Canadian society, by assisting the newcomer to overcome barriers. They are located at 1004 North Park Street, Victoria

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures. We provide information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education, employment, and arts programming we create a welcoming community. Their main office is located at 930 Balmoral Road

The Compassionate Friends of Canada

The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, self-help organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. Our Primary Purpose is to aid in the positive reconciliation of grief and foster the physical and emotional health of parents and their surviving children. Our Secondary Purpose is to provide information and education about the grief of bereaved parents and their surviving children. The objective is to help those in their community, including family, friends, co-workers, employers and professionals to be supportive.

BC Bereavement Helpline

The BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) is here for you. We are a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Whether you are looking for bereavement support groups, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day, information on how to donate or to volunteer with us you will find it here. Please call the BC Bereavement Helpline and speak with one of our caring volunteers for information on our bereavement support groups, agencies, and peer-based support. Your call is free, confidential, and anonymous. We will help you find the most appropriate support for your specific type of loss.

Greater Victoria Literacy Resources Guide

Guide to Literacy Organizations, Programs, and Services in Greater Victoria.

Saanich Commonwealth Place

Saanich Commonwealth Place is a recreation facility located at 4636 Elk Lake Drive. It features: competition pool, wave pool, dive tank, shallow tot pool, steam room and sauna; fully equipped, air conditioned weight room; aerobic, dance studio and five multi-purpose rooms; full size gymnasium, proshop, café and free parking; Greater Victoria Public Library - Bruce Hutchison Branch; Teen centre

PCEC “1000 x 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project

Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community, screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families on the Saanich Peninsula. If you have children’s picture books to donate, they may be left at: any school in District No. 63 (Saanich); the Saanich District School Board Office; and the Peninsula Co-op Food Centre.

Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC)

The Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC) network is an Early Years Community Table that builds relationships and partnerships among people who provide services for young children and their families on the Saanich Peninsula.  We work to strengthen connections and community involvement and co-ordinate collaborative efforts to raise community awareness of the importance of the early years.  This includes initiatives for promoting early literacy, and the healthy growth and development of all young children; and interpreting local information and transforming development research into advocacy, support and action within the community.  For direct family services on the Peninsula, we are proud to organize Books for Breakfast.

First Nations Health Authority

When it comes to maternal, child and family health, FNHA’s approach is health and wellness now and into the future for the whole family.  This family-focused approach supports important areas like: Healthy relationships, Sexual health, Family planning, Healthy pregnancies, Optimal birth experiences, Parent and guardian health, Early childhood development, Child safety.

Aboriginal Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

The CCRR program staff work in partnership with Aboriginal families and communities on reserve and in urban settings throughout British Columbia. Our goal is to increase the availability and accessibility of high quality child care resources and services that support the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families. We strive to be adaptable, responsive, inclusive and culturally relevant.

Journeys of the Heart

The Journeys of the Heart (JOH) program is a ten-month cultural learning program for Indigenous children age 2 to 5 years old and their families caregivers. The JOH program nurtures a child’s cultural identity while preparing them for the education system. The JOH program also will provide children and their caregivers with skills and tools to promote transition into the public-school system.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincial program, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that is designed to specifically meet the needs of Aboriginal children with special needs. ASCD recognizes that inclusion and providing early intervention and support in child care settings during the early stages of development is important. ASCD enables children who require extra support to be included in a childcare, preschool or after-school setting when their parents or caregivers are working or going to school. The Aboriginal Infant Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development Provincial Office is located at: 551 Chatham Street, Victoria BC

Jordan’s Principle

Jordan's Principle is about ensuring First Nations children receive the services they need when they need them. It is available to all First Nations children in Canada. It applies to all public services, including services that are beyond the normative standard of care to ensure substantive equal​ity.​ It provides payment for needed services by the government or department that first receives the request.
​The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is responsible for administering Jordan’s Principle resources in British Columbia. This approach however does not limit or relieve the federal government of its fiduciary responsibilities to First Nations in BC. ​Jordan's Principle applies in BC. This arrangement does not hinder its definition or implementation.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) are proud to jointly offer funding to cover the costs of a birth doula and postpartum doula for pregnant Aboriginal mothers and families living in BC (both on and off reserve). This partnership aims to bring birth closer to home and back into the hands of women. Grants provide up to a maximum of $1000 to cover doula services for each woman's birth and postpartum needs. Speaking with your doula will help you best use a grant, based on your needs during pregnancy and at home following delivery. Payment is made directly to a doula after pre-approval and after BCAAFC has received an invoice for the doula care provided.

Reporting Child Abuse

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Your call will be answered by the Provincial Centralized Screening team (PCS) and their primary role is to receive and assess child protection reports and initial requests for ministry service across the province, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If a child is in immediate danger, call police (call 9-1-1 or your local police) to intervene and a child protection social worker should be contacted to determine whether the child is in need of protection.

Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)

A First Nations Health Authority program offered to some bands. COHI services are provided by a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and a COHI Aide employed by the band. Services are similar to those offered through the Smiles First Program. COHI services are provided in 76 on-reserve communities in BC.

Smiles First Program

One-on-one consultation for at-risk pregnant women and parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  Smiles First provides assessment and skill building for parents to understand factors that increase the risk of dental disease, and learn ways to reduce risk.  Visual screening can identify early stages of decay, and fluoride varnish or dental referral is provided as needed.  This services is available at all health units and some community locations. Contact your local health unit for information.

Camosun Dental Clinic

Clients of all ages and the public are welcome to visit our in-house Dental Hygiene clinic between September and April each year. Our Dental Hygiene students provide professional, preventive and therapeutic services that are caring, high quality and low cost. Personalized care is provided by students under the direction and supervision of licensed faculty. Initial screening is free for everyone. Subsequent appointments are free for children under 3, $5 for children ages 3-5. The Dental Clinic is is located at Camosun College Lansdowne (Dental Building), 3100 Foul Bay Rd. Victoria.

Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health

Supports the well-being of Aboriginal children, youth, and families, especially those who are vulnerable, through child and youth mental health services. Other services coordinated through central provincial offices include intake and screening; helplines and after-hours support; resources and referral; funding and benefits programs; and specialized treatment for disabilities, mental health issues, and substance use. Serves Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, and View Royal. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Located at 2nd Floor-1195 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3N6

Surrounded by Cedar

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services will provide child and family services rooted in cultural values and beliefs to restore and enhance the strength and resiliency in the urban Aboriginal community. This includes counselling, elders in residence, youth support services, cultural programming. They are located at #211 - 1497 Admirals Rd. Victoria BC V9A 2P8

Métis Nation British Columbia

Métis people acknowledge that our children are sacred gifts from our ancestors. They become our knowledge-keepers and carry our culture, language, and heritage forward for future generations. At Métis Nation British Columbia, this understanding informs our commitment to place our children at the center of all that we do. We strive to honour the traditional concept Takaki Awasisiwin, which means a good childhood for the future of our people.

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank "helps those in need through those who care." We do that in a variety of ways but primarily by providing food hampers, including fresh produce to enrich the hampers, designated to supplement a client's food needs.  The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank is an emergency food service and we are here to help you and your family in a time of need. Located at 9586 Fifth Street, Sidney

Greater Victoria Public Library

Branches of the GVPL are located across Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the West Shore and Sooke. Each location has a children's section, as well as drop-in storytimes for families. Library cards are free and you can take home books, dvds, cds for your family.

Vancouver Island Regional Libary

Sidney/North Saanich Branch located at 10091 Resthaven Dr., Sidney

Saanich Peninsula Literacy

The Saanich Peninsula Literacy Task Group is comprised of community representatives committed to strengthening life-long literacy. SPL promotes literacy and lifelong learning on the Saanich Peninsula by building awareness and by supporting community actions related to literacy.

Panorama Recreation Centre

Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the town of Sidney.

Kid Care Canada

At Kid Care Canada our focus is social and emotional health, now considered the best foundation for mental, emotional and physical wellness, and happiness and success throughout life. Our resources guide you so that you can be a more confident and relaxed parent. You will see how your everyday nurturing actions put your infant or toddler on the path for social and emotional health, and that the benefits last a lifetime!

Beacon FASD Support Services

Keyworker services are provided at no cost to families for children (0-18 yrs) with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Child Passenger Safety Program

In partnership with the CRD Traffic Safey Commision, learn how to properly install and use car seats at our free clinics or information sessions. Seats are also available on a short-term loan. Located at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears/

Play & Chat Packs

Parents, caregivers and community members can borrow a Play & Chat Pack in support of a child`s social connection and language development. Each pack has a theme, and includes activities and tips for playing and building language skills. There are 25 different themes to choose from. Packs are housed at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Peninsula Early Years Centre

We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, you can connect with programs in support of children's health & development or with our Outreach Workers for questions about ages and stages you might have. We also have our Child Passenger Safety programs in support of safe travels while in a vehicle and the Play & Chat Packs program in support of language development. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.  Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Beacon Community Services

We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC

Peninsula Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Location: 2170 Mt Newton Cross Rd. Saanichton BC.

Kindergym (Sidney)

It's never raining at kindergym - our indoor playground. Featuring ride-on toys, a mini bouncy castle, tumbling mats, slides and more, join us for some open gym free-play fun! Parent participation is required. Drop-in for $5/child & $2/sibling, or purchase a 6-session pass for $27.00. Takes place at the Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney BC

Family Storytime at Central Saanich Library

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). Located at the Central Saanich Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 1209 Clarke Rd. Brentwood Bay, BC

Storytime at Sidney/North Saanich Library

Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. 0-5 years. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). The Sidney/North Saanich Library Branch or the Vancouver Island Regional Library is located at 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC

Peninsula Babies

Registered drop-in. Learn about prenatal education, newborn care, nutrition, infant and mother health, stages of child development and more. In partnership with Island Health, public health nurses provide information and support, together with the facilitator and guest speakers. This free program includes lunch. Program located in Sidney. Contact for registration and details.

Parent-Child Mother Goose

Registered drop-in. A free, fun program of favorite nursery rhymes and songs that help develop young children's language skills. This program also provides connections and support for parents and caregivers. Multiple locations in Brentwood and Sidney. Contact slorimer@beaconcs.ca for registration.

Peninsula EYC Family Drop-in

Come visit us for coffee, the chance to connect with other families and time for your child to play and do activities. Our Outreach/Resource Workers are available to assist with questions about ages and stages or specific needs to your early years family. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears/

Peninsula Toddler Time

Drop-in and enjoy weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This program offers information, discussion and support during this active stage of life and learning. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Peninsula Baby Talk

Offers a friendly, weekly drop-in setting for new parents to connect. Families gain information about parenting, child development and community resources through support and discussion with the facilitator and guest speakers. Takes at the Peninsula Health Unit, 2170 Mount Newton X Rd., Saanichton, BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School

The ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School's mission is to work in a life-long partnership with the Saanich People to assure the continuing use of the SENĆOŦEN Language and the maintenance of the cultural identity of our Nation while giving students the knowledge, skills and attitudes as citizens to enable them to successfully meet the social economic and political challenges of life.

StrongStart (SD63)

Families and caregivers can drop in to explore play with their children. StrongStart supports the development of young children, consistent with the goals of the BC Early Learning Framework. StrongStart Centres located at Brendwood, Lochside and Sidney Elementary schools. Contact Lisa Kinshella with all inquiries.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

The Office of the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs (AIDP) gives support and educational information to AIDP workers throughout the province in regards to aboriginal infant development programs. Programs offer support to families of infants who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Programs are voluntary, family centered, and primarily focused on children ages 0-3 (in some communities 0 – 6). Consultants support families by providing home visits, activity planning, and developmental and family needs assessments in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways. Consultants also assist families in accessing other health, social, and community services. Located at 551 Chatham St, Victoria.

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability (BCANDS)

The BCANDS is an award winning, provincial, Indigenous not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of the Indigenous population of BC. BCANDS provides a vast array of services to eligible individuals, families and organizations, both within Indigenous communities and within BC’s urban and rural centres. If you are an Indigenous person living with a disability, residing in BC, or an on-reserve organization requiring health information / resources and support services, BCANDS may be able to assist. Offices located at #6 – 1610 Island Highway, Victoria.

Aboriginal Health Nurses

To support culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal patients, Island Health is pleased to connect you with an Aboriginal Health Liaison Nurse. Patients, family and friends can request a referral to the Aboriginal Liaison Nurse before or during a hospital stay. Some ways Aboriginal Liaison Nurses help are by supporting patients and families while in hospital and explaining health care information, and work with hospital staff, patients, family and community to support clear communication and discharge planning.

SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre

The SLELEMW Child Development Center’s name is in SENCOTEN and when translated means “Little Rain”. Our vision for the SLELEMW Child Development Centre is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment for all children in each area of a development (physical, intellectual, language, emotional and spiritual), while maintaining the SENCOTEN language, culture and values.

South Island Wellness Centre

Offering Support to First Nation Families. South Island Wellness Society (SIWS) uses Traditional Decision Making processes to facilitate community-based collaborative planning for Aboriginal families that require support to address concerns about the care of their children. Located at Tsawout First Nation: 7725B Tetayut Rd., Saanichton

NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services

We provide child and family services to Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum, and T’Sou-ke.  Our social workers are qualified professionals and are able to assist with developing residential resources and provide guardianship services to our children in care.  Family Support Workers provide many prevention supports and programs to children and families.  Please call if you have a question about services or intake. Located at

Aboriginal Early Years

This website is a result of the Aboriginal Community's desire to have an ECE website dedicated to programs and services that service Aboriginal children and their families. It is an initiative of the Success By 6 Aboriginal Engagement Strategy, South Vancouver Island

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community. VNFC is located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

Island Métis Family & Community Services

IMFCSS offers a community room & playground, computer lab, teaching garden, counselling room, & access to the centre’s community kitchen. Located at 345 Wale Road.

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society

The purpose of Hulitan Family and Community Services Society is to provide social and emotional support to Aboriginal children, Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal families living in the Capital Regional District while ensuring families and youth have access to culturally appropriate programs and services regardless of financial ability. Located at 902-A Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC.

Island Health Prenatal Services

Prenatal Registration through Island Health allows you to access a range of prenatal services. Identify topics important to you during your pregnancy such as nutrition, lifestyle factors, community support and your hopes for your pregnancy and birth. You may want information about getting ready for your baby’s arrival including what to expect when feeding and caring for your new baby. Services are delivered through your local health unit.

SPARK for Children

SPARKS is for Immigrant or Refugee children attending a new elementary school in Canada who want to improve their english, build stronger social-emotionall skills as they adjust to the Canadian School System. Takes places at elementary school across Victoria, hosted by Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS). The VIRCS office is at 1004 North Park St. Victoria.

Family Story Time

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Hosted by the Greater Victoria Public Library, at various locations across Greater Victoria. 

Baby Time

For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited. Hosted by the Greater Victoria Public Library, at various locations across Greater Victoria. 

1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

1Up offers a wide selection of programs & services to assist custodial and non custodial parents to meet the needs of their growing families. Like skills courses and workshops are available, as well as mentorship programs.

Triple P Vancouver Island

The Positive Parenting Program provides simple solutions to make parenting easier. Free to Vancouver Island Parenting. Check out their website for courses closest to you.

Moms and Mentors

This program matches isolated single moms, who are often grappling with poverty as well as the emotional and psychological difficulties that so often accompany relationship dissolution, with volunteer Mentors for friendship, support, and positive role modeling. Program run by 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, located at 602 Gorge Rd. East, Victoria.

Settlement Servies

Are you an immigrant or refugee looking for information on housing, schools for your kids, and finding a doctor?  Do you have questions about income tax and the Canadian legal system? Or do you just want someone to talk to who understands what it feels like to be an immigrant? ICA’s settlement workers are here to help you! ICA (Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria) is located at 930 Balmoral Rd, Victoria.

Grandparents raising Grand Children Support Circle

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles are anonymous, confidential self-help groups offering weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators. GRG Support Circles help grandparents and others raising a family member’s child learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share their stories and stresses, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover services and resources. The Circles strengthen the first link in a chain that connects positive caregiving with healthy children, and help healthy families build strong communities. Contact to find the group closest to you.

Parent Support Circles

Self-help group providing caregivers and parents with a safe environment in which they can talk about their children, parenting challenges, successes and failures, the stress or worries in their lives, receive support and parenting skills. Support Circles are free, confidential, anonymous, (often) weekly meetings of parents who wish to learn new ways to nurture and protect their children. Contact for locations and times. 

Victoria Fertility Centre

The Victoria Fertility Centre (VFC) is a small, progressive fertility clinic with world class facilities and expertise. #207 - 4400 Chatterton Way, Victoria

Trans Vancouver Island

A resource and information website for transgender and gender diverse people and their allies on Vancouver Island

Rainbow Health Co-operative

Rainbow Health Co-operative is a community owned organization with the mandate to provide healthcare, livelihood and related services to underserved communities. They are a not for profit, community services cooperative. Their primary service is to support individuals and families living with transition related to gender. Drop-in meetings happen on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 from October to June. #107 – 1208 Wharf St, Victoria.

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-in

A drop-in program for trans, gender variant, and Two-Spirit Individuals in the south island area. A safe space to come together, share, create, and support. Last Thursday of every month, 6pm-7:30PM, at the Victoria Public Library, 1st Floor, 900s block group meeting rooms. Contact Marshall Kilduff at the number below.

Trans Care BC

Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for transgender and gender-diverse people across BC.

Support Group for Parents & Families of Gender Diverse and Trans Children & Youth

The group runs the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm at Commonwealth Place, Upside Teen Lounge, 4636 Elk Lake Drive. Another session on the 4th Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30PM at Nellie McClung Library, 3950 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria. Contact Alana for more information: Alana.Goddard@saanich.ca

Ambit Gender Diversity

Trans inclusion training and consulting. Their website also includes lots of resources for queer and trans families.

BC Family Hearing Resource Society

Their services are available to infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. They include: individual session; speech, language and auditory therapy, sign language instruction, language groups for children and parents, extended family support, parent peer support, deaf mentor sessions, cochlear implant habilitation, access to current research, information and education materials.

Eye See.. Eye Learn

Eye See... Eye Learn is a program that provides kindergarten student with a comprehensive eye exam from a participating BC doctor of optometry. If required, kindergarten students will also receive one free pair of eyeglasses.

ORCCA Dental Clinic Society

ORCCA's purpose is to provide children and adolescents under 19 years of age from low-income families access to oral care in a not for profit setting. It is based on the beliefs that all children and adolescents have the right to healthy oral care and that effective oral care positively transforms the health and lives of children and adolescents.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Service is an interdisciplinary team working in collaboration with families and community partners to: support best practice in assessment and treatment of children and youth with feeding, swallowing and nutrition concerns; provide education for families and partners; contribute to current knowledge in order to support optimum, safe nutritional health for clients Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria BC

Map of Child & Youth Mental Health Services

A map of service to support child & youth mental health across BC. Visit their website.

Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic

At Vancouver Island Womens Clinic, we offer a range of services for women during your reproductive years, or the years from when your periods start until menopause. Location: 285 Helmcken Rd. Victoria

Island Sexual Health

All things sexual health related. They offer pro-choice and comprehensive sexual health clinics, education programs and products for people of all genders, orientations, identities, abilities, and ages. Main location: 101-3960 Quadra St. Victoria.

Child & Youth Mental Health (Saanich)

Child, Youth and Family Mental Health Services offers a range of services including short-term crisis intervention, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment and inpatient assessment and treatment planning. Their services are client centred, trauma-informed, least restrictive and collaborative. You can visit the Saanich CYMH location every Tuesday 9am-12pm(noon) and Thursday 12pm-3pm, for drop-in intake. Location: 201-4478 W. Saanich Rd. Victoria.

Right from the Start

Right from the Start offers support for pregnant women and new moms, their babies, children and families. Created by women, for women, we recognize that you are the expert of your life. This program offers: prenatal services, postpartum support, breasfeeding support, family and community health, child health clinic and immunization, and Baby's Best Chance (parent handbook). Register today with the online form or by calling your local health unit.

Island Health Immunizations

An opportunity for children 0-5 years to get immunized by Island Health professionals. Available at many locations.

Early Intervention Programs

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities. Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria.

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling

Formally the Mary Manning Centre, the VCAPCC responds to children, youth and families who are affected by abuse in all its forms as well as abuse related trauma, by providing victim services, counselling, prevention and education.

Men’s Trauma Centre

The Men's Trauma Centre is here to help and support anyone who identifies as a man who has experienced emotional, sexual or physical trauma as a child or an adult. You may have lived with a trauma for years or perhaps this is something that happened to you recently. Call to get the support you need. Located at 102-1022 Pandora Ave Victoria.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. We are dedicated to supporting women and all Trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment. Need to talk to a counselor right now? Service Access Line: 250-383-3232

Child Care Map

A map of all licensed child care providers that receive Child Care Operating Funding across British-Columbia

Child Care Subsidy

A child care subsidy or allowance is available to help parents and guardians with the cost of full- or half-day child care. 

Victoria Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR)

The CCRR referral/subsidy consultants can do a detailed search for you to find child care, based on your family's specific needs. Visit their website to fill out the referral form.

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