Sexual Health Services & Counselling

Central Toronto Youth Services (CYTS) 

Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth. We believe in building the strength and resiliency of young people in ways that are engaging, respectful and empowering.

Programs & Services  

CYTS meets a diversity of needs and challenges that young people experience, such as:

  • serious mental health issues 
  • conflicts with the law
  • coping with anger, depression, anxiety, marginalization, rejection
  • -issues of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • offer both one-on-one and group counselling
  • -connect with youth in their homes, neighbourhoods, schools and communities

For more information about CYTS services visit their website https://ctys.org or contact them at:

Central Toronto Youth Services (CYTS)
65 Wellesley Street East,
Suite 300, Toronto, ON M4Y 1G7

 T: 416-924-2100
F: 416-924-2930 www.ctys.org

For all general Inquiries shoot an email to mail@ctys.org.

They also have a resource tab where people can locate a wide variety of services: https://ctys.org/information/resources/

Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT)

Planned Parenthood Toronto is a fully accredited community health centre that provides primary, sexual and mental health care services to youth between the ages of 13 and 29. PPT also offers health promotion programming, education, training, and research to improve the health and well-being of Toronto’s diverse communities. All PPT services are offered within a pro-choice, inclusive, youth-friendly, non-judgmental environment. PPT exists to ensure that all young people in the city of Toronto have access to information and services that promote healthy, informed decision making around sexual and reproductive health.  For more detailed information visit PPT’s website http://ppt.on.ca


PPT clinic information

Planned Parenthood Toronto’s clinic offer the following services:

  • Anonymous HIV Testing
  • Birth Control Options
  • Birth control and prescriptions at reduced rates
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Free condoms and lube
  • Help finding food, housing, employment or legal aid
  • Immunizations, including flu shots
  • Mental Health Services
  • Nutritional Services
  • Pregnancy Options
  • Prenatal Services
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Prenatal Care
  • SallyPAC
  • STI Treatment and Testing

PPT offers interpretation and translation for our health services. If you need this service and/or to book an appointment please call (416) 961-0113.

If you’re eligible for a health card and don’t have one, PPT can help you get one.  If you aren’t eligible for a health card, they are still happy to see you.

If you are an existing PPT Health Services client and have a question about a health related issue, but don’t want to make an appointment or wait for drop-in, you can speak directly with a clinician (Physician or Nurse Practitioner) by calling our Client Access Line which operates Monday-Friday from 11:00AM-11:45AM. Just call 416-961-0113 (Extension #165)

PPT offers the following services for youths and newcomers:

Workshops on sexual health and healthy relationships
Planned Parenthood Toronto offers a range of workshops for youth in community settings, such as high schools, youth shelters, group homes, community centres, and recreational settings, that promote healthy sexuality and informed decision-making.  Our goal is to give youth the information and skills that they need to make the most informed decisions for themselves.  Our workshop topics for youth include:

  • Building Healthier Relationships
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Birth Control Options (including emergency contraception)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Sexual Readiness and Safer Sex Negotiation

Supporting Newcomer Access Project (SNAP)

What is SNAP?Supporting Newcomer Access Project (SNAP) is a peer sexual health education and leadership project for newcomer youth in Toronto. We train newcomer youth in the city to become sexual health educators who then make and lead workshops all around the city. All of our workshops are free. For more info; visit ppt.on.ca

Counselling Supports & Development 

RITES for African-Canadian Youth

The RITES program  offered at Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a culturally specific, identity development initiative that supports the empowerment of Black and African-Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 18. RITES employs an integrated, full spectrum model of support and care so participants have access to range of coordinated mental health clinical and program supports and resources.

At RITES, they understand that daily exposure to racism, discrimination, homophobia, violence and poverty can lower young people’s self-esteem, impact their mental health and compromise their potential for overall success. RITES implements an asset-focused, strengths-based approach informed by evidence and research on the effects of racism, stress management and racial identity and is informed by various Africentric cultural, social value systems and practices. The focus of RITES is to support young people in building practical skills of leadership, conflict transformation, resilience and problem solving in a positive and healthy environment.

Through a group learning model RITES  aim to instill a sense of kinship and create awareness of assets within the Black and African-Canadian community. Facilitators aim to create an environment where youth feel a sense of safety, love and good energy. Youth are able to explore various Africentric value systems, principles and grounding rituals while connecting to elders, their community and nature.

How Do I Access This Service?  Visit https://ctys.org/program/groups/rites-for-african-canadian-youth/

If you have questions or for more information, please contact: