Counselling and Community Services

There is a range of counselling and community services available in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. For a comprehensive list of available trans and 2SLGBTQ+ services in the Champlain region, download the Champlain Gender Diverse Care Guide here. To download a youth-specific list, click here. To download a list for parents and caregivers, click here.

Counselling Connect

  • Through Counselling Connect,  you can access free video or phone counselling with 2SLGBTQ+-inclusive counsellors. In your first session, counsellors can help you explore other supports available to you in the area. 

 

LGBT2SQ+ Youth Counselling 
Centretown Community Health Centre

 

General Counselling
Family Services Ottawa

 

The Walk-In Counselling Clinic

  • Available at multiple locations across Ottawa
  • Provides immediate counselling services to individuals, couples, and families. 
  • The walk-in sessions are free to all members of the community, with no restrictions based on age or location/address and no need for an appointment.
  • For more information, visit www.walkincounselling.com/

 

Trans Wellness Ontario 

  • Offers virtual counselling and peer mentorship appointments by phone or doxy. 
  • If you are under the age of 16, parent/guardian consent is required for counselling services.
  • To learn more about their counselling and peer mentorship services, visit https://www.transwellness.ca/counselling-peer-mentorship

Support Group for Parents and Caregivers
Family Services Ottawa

  • Monthly support group for parents & caregivers of gender creative, trans, transgender children, youth or young adults.
  • If interested, please call (613) 725-3601 ext. 105 or email lmontroy@familyservicesottawa.org.

 

Canadian Parents of Trans & Gender Diverse Kids 

  • Confidential peer support group for parents and guardians of gender diverse children, youth, and adults, including those who are two-spirit, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, gender fluid, gender creative, or gender-questioning. 
  • To join the group, message the page below or email parentsoftranskids@gmail.com
  • For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/canadianparentsoftranskids/

LGBTQ2+ Youth Space
Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre

 

Spectrum LGBTQ Drop-In
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

  • Offers a weekly drop-in for LGBTQ youth who are unstably housed, live in poverty, or are living on the streets to connect with peers facing similar challenges in an environment of acceptance and respect. 
  • If interested, drop-in, call (613) 241-7788 ext. 300 or 400, or email besserer@ysb.ca.
  • For more information, visit www.ysb.ca/services/community-and-housing-services/drop-in/

 

Transcend Drop-In Trans Youth Group
Family Services Ottawa

 

Queerios Weekly Youth Drop In
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre 

 

Jeunesse Idem

 

Youth Group
Support and Education for Trans Youth Ottawa (SAEFTY)

  • Youth group run entirely by and for trans and gender diverse youth which includes monthly drop in sessions as well as structured events.
  • SAEFTY also does advocacy work for the trans and gender diverse community. 
  • For more information visit www.saeftyottawa.ca/ or contact saeftyottawa@gmail.com.

Trans-Outaouais 

 

GenderQuest
Kind Space

  • A diverse, peer-led social group for those at any stage of transition: come share, learn, and socialize in a safe space. 
  • All trans, two-spirit, and gender-diverse people are welcome to attend.
  • For more information, access the programming guide at https://kindspace.ca/peer/.

 

Gender Mosaic

  • Offers monthly social pot-luck dinners, a monthly discussion group, and other events.
  • Open to all trans-identified people and all those questioning their gender identity in any form
  • For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/gendermosaic/ or contact sophia@c-show.ca.

 

LGBTQ Social Gathering
Seaway Valley Community Health Centre

  • Provides support, education and resources in a safe environment for LGBTQ individuals, allies, and family members. 
  • Offers two meeting groups: Ages: 12-18 (youth group), 18+ (adult group).
  • If interested, contact (613) 936-0306.
  • For more information, visit www.seawayvalleychc.ca/lgbtq/

 

Ottawa Senior Pride Network

  • Volunteer-run network of LGBT seniors and allies who organize various events and gatherings throughout the year.
  • For more information, visit www.ospn-rfao.ca/en/home-page/

LGBTTQ+ Rainbow Families Art & Play Afternoon Drop-In
Family Services Ottawa

 

Shaping Parenthood
Ten Oaks Project

  • Monthly discussion group for 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Ottawa to explore and reflect on the possibilities, challenges, and appreciation of queering family-making and child-raising. 
  • Supports reflection and connection to resources for both the planning (“how to…”) and puzzling (“how come…”) aspects of parenting and building family which reflects people’s values while exploring the intersections of parenting and social justice.
  • To learn more about this program, visit https://www.tenoaksproject.org/community-events/shaping-parenthood/

 

Oak Grove Family Camp
Ten Oaks Project

  • Oak Grove Family Camp is a weekend long, sleep-away camp for 2SLGBTQ+ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) families who have a child or youth aged 17 or under in their care.
  • Families who are headed by (a) 2SLGBTQ+ parent(s) and those with an 2SLGBTQ+ child are welcome. 
  • Learn more at https://www.tenoaksproject.org/oak-grove-family-camp/

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

  • Offers services including settlement and integration (with a dedicated LGBTQIA+ settlement worker), multicultural counselling, and language instruction. 
  • If interested, please call 613-725-0202 or email info@ociso.org.
  • For more information, visit www.ociso.org/

 

LGBTQ+ Newcomer Group

Centretown Community Health Centre

  • Weekly drop-in support for LGBTQ newcomers and asylum seekers. 
  • Discuss immigration, culture, sexual orientation and gender identity. 
  • If interested, please email sgarziz@centretownchc.org or call (613) 233-4443 ext. 2125 (EN) or (613) 233-4443 ext. 2171 (FR).
  • For more information, visit www.centretownchc.org.

Pay-It-Forward Binder and Gaff Program
Venus Envy

  • Offers binders and gaffs for free for those in need of these items. 
  • If interested, please call (613) 789-4646.
  • For more information, visit www.venusenvy.ca/.

 

In-Transition Clothesline
PFLAG Renfrew County

 

Binder Program
Carleton University Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre