The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is seeking to understand what direct health and mental health services are currently available in each of the 29 Friendship Centre communities. The scan would identify both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community supports including:

  • primary care organizations including family health teams, community health centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), nurse-practitioner-led clinics, and public health units;
  • telemedicine/virtual primary care providers;
  • cancer services such as screening, treatment and supportive care;
  • specialized diabetes care and dialysis treatment;
  • services available to Indigenous individuals who are neurodivergent across the life cycle, with a particular focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services;
  • home and community care/seniors’ programs;
  • availability of family doctors and specialty physicians; and,
  • mental health and substance use services including treatment and detoxification facilities (inpatient and outpatient services), methadone and suboxone clinics, youth wellness hubs, Indigenous-specific mental health counselling and therapy organizations, land-based treatment facilities, local crisis support services, and safe supply and safe injection sites as it relates to harm reduction.

The resulting community profiles will enhance the OFIFC’s ongoing local- and provincial-level advocacy for the well-being of urban Indigenous communities in Ontario and support an analysis of Friendship Centre health/mental health programming gaps and opportunities.

Please submit your Proposal to:


Justine Barone, Program Manager

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

219 Front Street East

Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

416-956-7575 ext. 237


no later than 12:00 noon (local Toronto time) on May 19th, 2023.