What is a Community Health Centre?

A Community Health Centre (CHC) is a place where you can get free health care and social services.

What kinds of services do CHC's offer?

CHC's are not-for-profit organizations that provide healthcare to residents in their community. A clinical team of of doctors, nurses, social service workers, and dieticians work together to support clients' physical and mental wellbeing. 

If you do not have OHIP (the Ontario Health Insurance Plan), some CHC's can still help you. 

Some programs and services you might find at a CHC:

  • Culturally-sensitive care in different languages
  • Anti-racism programs
  • Sex health education
  • Domestic violence prevention and treatment
  • Parenting education
  • Support for teenage mothers
  • Drop-ins for youth
  • Food-related programs

All services provided by CHC's are confidential.

How do CHC's support youth?

ALL CHC's offer services to youth between 14 to 24 years old. 

Some CHCs work with immigrants and refugees. They focus on health and have settlement services to help you settle into your community. They may offer services in your language. These CHCs are also sensitive to income and cultural differences. They may have services specifically for newcomer youth, like:

  • Drop-ins for street and newcomer youth
  • Youth Photography
  • Employment counselling
  • Family violence support groups
  • Teen pregnancy and prenatal/postnatal support programs
  • Community kitchens and food buying co-ops

In Ontario, these CHC's have youth-focused programs and services: