Egale Youth OUTreach

Mental Health Counselling and Drop-in Centre for LGBTQ2S Youth experiencing homelessness

Egale Youth OUTreach is starting our two newcomer peer support groups for LGBTQI2S youth: Perception and Tea & Talk. Perception will start Thursdays at 6-8pm, and Tea & Talk will start Fridays at 6-8pm.

Perception is open to all LGBTQI2S newcomers. This group is facilitated by a trans woman of colour and provides a supportive space to create a sense of self and celebrate diversity. This group starts January 5th from 6-8pm.

Tea & Talk is specific to Arabic-speaking communities; a group that fosters a supportive community for those navigating their transition to Canada. Tea & Talk will also be facilitated by members of the Arabic community and include guest lectures from Arabic community members. This group starts January 6th from 6-8pm.

Our goal for these 8-week groups is to support folks through navigating Canadian life and gaining the skills and knowledge needed to access housing, food programs, health services, and ways to keep in touch in with their cultural roots. These weekly groups focus on topics to create a learning environment for knowledge sharing between the peer facilitator(s) and group participants.

Spaces are open and registration will continue into end of January, register here!


Tea and Talk

About EYO

183 Carlton Street Toronto (Carlton and Seaton – east side entrance)

Mental Health Counselling Centre

Individual counselling, homelessness and suicide crisis services for LGBTIQ2S youth up to age 29 provided by three full time counsellors. Call to schedule an appointment

Open Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Drop In Centre

Open Monday to Friday from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for drop-in with

  • Meals and snacks,
  • TTC tokens,
  • Mental health counselling, and
  • Two peer resource workers to assist with referrals and support.

Connect with us


1 (416) 964 7887 ext 9

1 (844) 44-Egale outside Toronto for phone counselling and referrals

Fax: 1-888-990-0585


This email address is not for emergencies and is only monitored Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mailing Address

185 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON, M5A 2K7

Egale Youth OUTreachIn 2014 in the wake of several high profile LGBTIQ2S suicides, recommendations from suicide summits and research focused on the needs of Queer and Trans youth Egale took the step to respond to the dramatic need for suicide and homelessness crisis services and counselling for LGBTIQ2S youth to move into frontline work and founded The Egale Youth OUTreach Counselling Centre (EYO). This step could not have happened without the generous support of a private donor.

The Centre opened its doors to service in 2014 in downtown Toronto and is hoped to be a model to spread across the country.

Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, violence and harassment in our schools, in our families and in our communities combined with experiencing homelessness and other stressors take their toll on mental health and overall well-being. We have created Egale Youth OUTreach to help address these challenges by providing direct services to LGBTIQ2S youth.


A Toronto where lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and Two-Spirit youth are safely housed, supported and encouraged to live their dreams.


To provide affirming, supportive, appropriate mental health care to LGBTIQ2S children and youth up to age 29, culturally specific and culturally informed care.

To provide care and counselling to queer and trans children and youth together with their parents and their schools as requested. Family counselling and school based education and service available.

To address and respond to the needs of LGBTQ2S youth who are homeless, unstably housed, or at risk of homelessness. This includes direct service provision and providing warm referrals to safe and affirming community services and supports.

To advocate for and initiate housing solutions to address the unmet needs of under-housed LGBTIQ2S youth.

To provide a Drop In space for LGBTIQ2S youth to gather to feel welcome and supported.


  • LGBTIQ2S Affirming
  • Client Centric Service
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Strengths-Based Approach
  • Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression
  • Non-Judgement
  • Community
  • Collaboration

Housing Stabilization

  • Client-centred and strengths-based intake and assessment leading to a customized support plan
  • Connection with emergency shelter and housing solutions
  • Assistance in applying for government health and social assistance programs including OW, ODSP and OHIP
  • Help in obtaining government-issued identification amending sex markers on official documentation
  • Coaching on resumes and job search, as well as employment agency referrals
  • Warm referrals to safe and supportive agencies
  • Provision of food, TTC tokens, and other basic necessities

Crisis Intervention & Other Services

  • Same-day crisis response and counselling
  • Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention care
  • Ongoing counselling for individuals and families
  • Addiction and mental health supports
  • Medical, dental and legal aid referrals
  • Exploration of educational and learning opportunities, including high school, post-secondary and trades programs
  • Support with gender affirmation and community acceptance (e.g. transition planning and trans literacy seminars)
  • Group discussion, group counselling and interactive learning activities

Principles informing our work:

  • Public Education and Engagement
  • Advocacy and Public Policy Consultation
  • Research
  • Community Building
  • Youth Collaboration
  • Direct Service Provision