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Finding a nonprofit

You can try and search Google with keywords. For example: nonprofit addiction etobicoke

Charity Village has nonprofit / charity listings. Reminder that not all nonprofits are charities and this is not very comprehensive.

Canada Revenue Agency has a Charity Listings page where you can search for a charity or nonprofit by name.

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services has a list of agencies for child and youth mental health.

211 Central is a federal government funded website that has many listings for community agencies in Toronto, York, Durham, and Peel Regions..

Community Statistics and Demographics

You can find more about the community your nonprofit serves by looking at:

  • City of Toronto: Neighbourhood Profiles : This information is build from Statistics Canada Census Tracts. 
  • Census Profiles (2016) - Search Statistics Canada’s 2016 Population Census by place name, postal code, or geographic code for demographic information.
  • CANSIM: Statistics Canada - Specialized access to the enhanced academic version of Statistic Canada’s socioeconomic database with data on cost of living, census data, employment rates and more.
  • Also remember to look up your nonprofit's annual report. You may find statistics and valuable program information there.

Finding Articles

Here are some databases with full text access to newspaper, magazine and journal articles:

To search these databases identify the key concepts related to your topic and combine search terms using AND and OR.

For example:

CAMH OR "Centre for Addiction and Mental Health"

"Better Behaviours Service"

CAMH AND programs

Reports and Further Research

Depending on your nonprofit's focus, you may find more indepth information and reports at these various websites:

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - For example, there is a report entitled "Homelessness, Housing, and Harm Reduction: Stable Housing for Homeless People with Substance Use Issues".
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - An independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.
  • C.D. Howe Institute - An independent nonprofit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies
  • Wellesley Institute - A Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute that focusses on developing research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.

These are just a few of the insititutes and think tanks that may be applicable. Here is a more comprehensive list put together by University of Alberta Libraries.