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Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

403 Ontario St
Unit 1 St Catharines, ON
L2N 1L5

COVID-19: Office is closed to the public. All face-to-face programs have been suspended except for the in-home respite program. Referrals still accepted - see website. All intakes, counselling and social interactions continuing over telephone. Registered clients continuing to recieve any incontinence products and transportation vouchers as per usual.

Provides services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias, and their families, including support groups, counselling and education programs * promotes Alzheimer's research and partners with MedicAlert Safely Home to provide a nationwide program designed to help identify the person who is lost and assist in a safe return home

Contact office for further information on caregiver support meetings * offers a Speakers Bureau



Office: 905-687-3914

Fax: 905-687-9952

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Arthritis Society Canada - Niagara Peninsula - Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program

Niagara, ON

Offers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work services and educational classes to anyone with a diagnosis of arthritis.

Appointments will assist with and address the following:

  • How to deal with pain
  • Understanding arthritis medications
  • Exercises to reduce stiffness, increase strength and improve fitness
  • Dealing with fatigue
  • New ways to do activities that will minimize stress on joints
  • Ways to cope with the emotional impact of arthritis



Office: 1-800-321-1433 ext 3307

By appointment

Brain Injury Association of Niagara

300 Bunting Rd
Unit 4 St Catharines, ON
L2M 7X3

Committed to empowering and maximizing the quality of life for individuals living with the effects of an acquired brain injury and their families through support, social activities, community and peer opportunities, advocacy, and information. Committed to education, awareness, and prevention of brain injury in St. Catharines and the Niagara region.



Administration: 905-646-2426

OASIS Clubhouse: 905-646-2426 ext 1

Fax: 905-984-5354

Clubhouse Mon-Thu 10 am-2 pm

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada - Niagara Adult Brain Tumour Support Group

Wellspring Niagara; 50 Wellness Way
Pelham, ON
L0S 1E6

COVID-19: Many in-person support groups are not meeting. Virtual Support Groups are still meeting, as well as newly expanded Virtual Programs section. See website to access virtual support groups.

Offers support for persons suffering from a brain tumour and/or their friends or family.

Support groups help to:

  • reduce anxiety and help with feelings of loss of control, fear of the unknown, changes in family roles, and financial strain
  • provide reassurance from others who have already traveled the road
  • offer practical information to help in making informed decisions about treatment options
  • enhance and strengthen coping skills
  • provide a unique social network that may reduce feelings of isolation and reinforce a positive, hopeful attitude


Office: 519-642-7755

Toll Free: 1-800-265-5106

Third Wed 6:30 pm-8 pm

Canadian Cancer Society - Canadian Cancer Society Smokers' Helpline

, ON
L8V 4X2

Confidential, non-judgmental, telephone and online support for those wanting to quit smoking. Text messaging support also available.



Office: 1-866-366-3667

Fax: 905-574-8327

Mon-Thu 8 am-9 pm *Fri 8 am-6 pm *Sat-Sun 9 am-5 pm * Online support available 24/7

Canadian Cancer Society - Cancer Connect Online Service

, ON
L8V 4X2

Peer support for those who have received a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers and families. Create a profile on the website to access this group.



Office: 905-575-9220

Toll Free: 1-888-939-3333

Fax: 905-575-3370

TTY: 1-866-786-3934

Administration: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Canadian Cancer Society - Wheels of Hope Transportation Services

, ON
L8V 4X2

Assists eligible clients with their short-term travel to attend their cancer-specific medical appointments or supportive care services delivered by a professional recognized by Ontario's Health Care System. Services available to individuals or a whole family. Opportunities for volunteer drivers are available and drivers are reimbursed for their expenses.



Office: 1-888-939-3333

Fax: 905-575-3370

TTY: 1-866-786-3934

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Canadian Hearing Services - Canadian Hearing Services Support Groups and Counselling

50 Dundurn St S
, ON
L8P 4W3

Provides professional counselling and support groups for Deaf and hard of hearing people living with mental health issues, addiction, relationship problems, stress, abuse, and other challenges.

General counselling services are available as well as services targeted for individuals age 55 and older or for newcomers to Canada.



Toll Free: 1-866-518-0000

Fax: 1-833-203-4421

TTY: 1-877-215-9530

Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm


, ON

Supports for people living with vision loss * research, public education, and vision health services * assists with building confidence, skills, and providing opportunities to fully participate in life

  • peer support * groups, one-on-one mentorship, phone, or online
  • home-based support (Vision Mate)
  • support for students and parents (Beyond the Classroom)
  • culture, recreation and sport programs
  • youth empowerment programs
  • advocacy groups and education
CNIB SmartLife is an interactive retail experience that gives people with disabilities hands-on access to the latest breakthroughs in assistive technologies, as well as tried-and-true favourites. The number one goal isn't necessarily to sell products; it's to give our customers the skills and confidence they need to make the most out of assistive tools that can help them lead better lives. www.cnibsmartlife.ca



Toll Free: 1-800-563-2642

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Epilepsy Niagara

Niagara Falls, ON

A non-profit agency dedicated to improving the quality of life of people in the Niagara Region who are affected by epilepsy. Epilepsy Niagara provides support services, education and public awareness to all persons living with epilepsy and their support network throughout the Niagara Region.



Call for information

March of Dimes Canada - Post-Polio Canada, Niagara Post Polio Chapter

Niagara, ON

A national, virtual support group for those who have been impacted by Polio as a survivor, relative, caregiver, health care provider, volunteer or friend. Connect with peers, exchange information and resources, learn new skills, build a social network for support.



Email coordinator for information

Niagara Amputee Association

130 Lockhart Dr
St Catharines, ON
L2T 1W4

COVID-19: Phone and virtual services remain open.

A support group for those who have gone through the trauma of pre-amputation or amputation. Also offers service for the family and friends of amputees. The group offers a visitation program if requested by the family, hospital, or surgeon. Will try to provide financial assistance towards the cost of prosthetic based on eligibility and availability of funds. Also offers social events. Helps towards gym membership at Brock Wellness Center for amputees who are interested.



Office: 905-688-5550 ext 1-5572

By appointment

Niagara Chronic Pain Support Group

PenFinancial Credit Union; 295 Fourth Ave
TLC Community Room St Catharines, ON
L2S 0E7

Self help support group for persons living with chronic non-malignant pain (pain lasting more than 6 months). A safe venue to learn information on new treatments and medications, common problems, and coping strategies.



Office: 905-325-1759

First Tue 10:30 am-12 noon

Niagara Ostomy Association

Grantham Lions Club
732 Niagara St St Catharines, ON
L2M 7W7

Self help group for individuals who have an ostomy (or for people about to have ostomy surgery). Monthly meetings include information sharing and speakers from the medical or health support fields, primarily ostomy related.



Third Wed of the month 7:15 pm

Ontario Brain Injury Association

3550 Schmon Pkwy
2nd Fl Thorold, ON
L2V 4Y6

Works to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.

Services include:

  • Information and resources on acquired brain injury
  • Telephone support line
  • Provincial peer support program
  • Online caregiving after brain injury resources (www.caregiverinfo.ca)
  • Online caregiver support groups
  • Online concussion support groups
  • Personal advocacy and support
  • Training and education for families and professionals
  • Works with employers and employees to facilitate the return to work process after a concussion/brain injury (free service; access to Occupational Therapist and Social Worker for up to siix months)



Office: 905-641-8877

Support Line: 1-800-263-5404

Toll Free: 1-855-642-8877

Fax: 905-641-0323

Mon-Fri 9:30 am-4 pm

Pain Care Clinics

6360 Lundy's Lane
Niagara Falls, ON
L2G 1T6

Physician-referred pain clinic providing treatment for chronic pain occurring from any source, including: disease, injury, post-surgical, neuropathic, and medically unexplained.


: 289-302-7246

Fax: 289-302-2273

Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm

Pain Care Clinics

300 Fourth Ave
Unit D St Catharines, ON
L2S 0E6

Physician-referred pain clinic providing treatment for chronic pain occurring from any source, including: disease, injury, post-surgical, neuropathic, and medically unexplained.


Office: 365-653-7246

Fax: 365-653-7247

Mon-Fri 8 am-5:30 pm

Pain Care Clinics

95 Lincoln St
Welland, ON
L3C 7C3

Physician-referred pain clinic providing treatment for chronic pain occurring from any source, including: disease, injury, post-surgical, neuropathic, and medically unexplained.


Office: 365-364-7246

Fax: 365-500-2602

Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm

Parkinson Canada - Parkinson Canada, Niagara Support Group

St Catharines, ON

Offers a virutal mutual support group and information on learning to live with Parkinson's disease.



Office: 1-800-565-3000

Support Services: 1-800-565-3000 ext 3425

Fax: 1-844-440-8963

Call for information

Positive Living Niagara

120 Queenston St
St Catharines, ON
L2R 2Z3

COVID-19: Fully operational. No drop-ins accepted at this time. Call ahead to book an appointment.

Supports for people affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS * helps people remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible * referral to other community services


  • education through the delivery of workshops, education sessions, resources and materials, speakers, peer education services
  • referral to qualified medical, dental, mental health and legal services
  • crisis intervention
  • support groups
  • friendly visiting
  • counselling services
  • community outreach
  • caregiver support
  • supportive housing
  • 24 hr, case management, 'to-your-door' home supports for community residents
  • immigrant/refugee, migrant worker, newcomer assistance, families, singles, or couples
  • StreetWorks-needle exchange
  • Safe Injection Site
  • Naloxone training
  • volunteer groups providing fundraising events
  • Public Health Nurse available Monday afternoons for HIV, Hep C and STI testing as well as wound care

On-site rapid HIV testing Tuesday mornings * Testing services also include Hep C, STI and pregnancy testing and teaching * Also provides wound and abscess care services * Tuesday afternoons a Hepatitis C Outreach Worker is available for education and referrals to the Hepatitis C Care Clinic



Office: 905-984-8684

StreetWorks Outreach Van: 905-328-6715

Toll Free: 1-800-773-9843

After Hours: 905-984-8684 ext 138

Fax: 905-988-1921

Main Office Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Supportive Housing Mon-Sun 24 hours
StreetWorks Van Mon-Fri 6 pm-10:30 pm
HIV with Public Health Nurse Mon 1 pm-3 pm and in mobile van on Wed evenings

Quest Community Health Centre - Public Groups

West Wing; 145 Queenston St
Suite 100 St Catharines, ON
L2R 2Z9

COVID-19: Groups are currently run virtually. Not all groups are run ongoing.

CHRONIC PAIN SELF MANAGEMENT: A 6 week workshop for people who live with an chronic or ongoing pain who want to learn ways to better live with their pain and improve their quality of life.

GENDER QUEST: A support group for adults in any stage of gender transition, including those questioning their gender, modeled after Sherbourne Health Centre's Gender Journeys group.

HOT TOPICS IN HEALTH: A monthly drop-in session that provides information on different "Hot Topics" in health as chosen by our clients. Topics could range from health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes to healthy behaviours such as sleep and mindfulness.

QUIT SMOKING GROUP: A smoking cessation program that helps people develop a personal quit plan, deal with any barriers or challenges related to quitting and access 6 months worth of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (eg. patch, gum, lozenges and inhalers). * limited access currently to COVID-19*

TAKE CHARGE! CHRONIC DISEASE SELF MANAGEMENT: A 6 week workshop for people who live with an ongoing health problem who need help identifying coping strategies, setting goals, managing stress, making healthier lifestyle choices, working with their healthcare team and living life to the fullest.

TRANS/GENDER-QUESTIONING YOUTH GROUP: A monthly social support group for gender diverse youth aged 14-19 years. Provides an opportunity to meet other trans and gender questioning youth for discussion, movies, guest speakers and snacks.

Additional groups are available to clients. For more information, call or visit.


Office: 905-688-2558

Fax: 905-688-4678

Hours vary

Survivors of Stroke Niagara

Niagara Region Headquarters, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Room CE101 and CE103 Thorold, ON
L2V 4Y6

A support group for stroke survivors of all ages and their caregivers, family members and friends. General meetings are usually two hours long. Guest speakers are often part of the first hour, providing information on a variety of topics.

During the second hour of the meeting, stroke survivors and caregivers separate into two groups. These separate sessions allow each group to share their thoughts and provide support.



March of Dimes Canada: 1-800-263-3463 ext 7722

Second Mon 7 pm-9 pm

Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation

50 Wellspring Way
Pelham, ON
L0S 1E6

Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support devotes itself exclusively to the unique non-medical needs cancer presents. At Wellspring Niagara, we provide a caring community in-person and online, so anyone living with cancer, their caregiver, and family members can access vital information, meaningful support, and effective coping strategies.

Offers a wide variety of free wigs, hats, and other items designed to help women and men who are living with the effects of cancer treatment. Will accept wig donations.

Host in-person Look Good Feel Better workshops.



Office: 905-684-7619

Toll Free: 1-888-707-1277

Phone and email Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Wigs and hat resource room by appointment