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Egale Canada is supporting Pain BC with the roll-out of their Making Sense of Pain program in the Toronto area. This free 10-week program is open to 2SLGBTQI people who live in Toronto and experience chronic pain.

About the Program

Making Sense of Pain is a self-management program designed for people with pain who experience marginalization and face barriers to accessing care.

The Making Sense of Pain program is held over a span of ten weeks and is led by a trained facilitator. Facilitators provide participants with opportunities to learn about pain, the various factors that can cause or make pain worse, and simple strategies that can help participants better manage pain in everyday life. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged, but not required. Participants may also drop in. Food and drinks are provided to participants. Travel and childcare subsidies are available by request.

Summary of Program

Who can participate:
2SLGBTQI people in Toronto who experience chronic pain


Egale Canada’s office located at 120 Carlton, Suite 217 in downtown Toronto.

Cost to participate:

Time Commitment:
10-weeks, two hours per week

Travel and childcare subsidies available

Program outcomes

By participating in this nine-to-ten-week program, participants will:

  • Learn about pain and its effects on emotional, physical and spiritual health.
  • Understand how the brain and body respond before, during, and after painful events.
  • Gain skills and strategies to manage pain.
  • Increase their understanding and/or acceptance of their pain.
  • Feel less alone with their pain

Each class is 2 hours long and will be located at Egale Canada’s office located at 120 Carlton, Suite 217 in downtown Toronto.

Cohort One

  • Session 1 January 30 5-7pm
  • Session 2 February 6 5-7pm
  • Session 3 February 13 5-7pm
  • Session 4 February 27 5-7pm
  • Session 5 March 6 5-7pm
  • Session 6 March 13 5-7pm
  • Session 7 March 20 5-7pm
  • Session 8 March 27 5-7pm
  • Session 9 April 3 5-7pm
  • Session 10 April 10 5-7pm

Cohort Two

Dates to be announced.

Health Canada / Sante Canada

This program has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.