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For information on your rights as a tenant go to the Ontario Tenants Most Asked Questions and Answers page.

This is also a helpful list for those who are moving to Toronto Canada, not just those looking for apartments for rent in Toronto.

For nearby GTA (Greater Toronto Area) communities click here for information for: Mississauga tenants, or Brampton tenants

Toronto apartments for rent listings, rental housing and condos search:

Toronto public housing landlords, rent geared to income accomodations, and government benefits for disadvantaged Toronto tenants:

    Housing Connections, to get onto the list for Toronto Community Housing Corporation, public housing, 416-981-6111, or better visit the self-service Resource Centre at 176 Elm Street, west of University Ave (between the St. Patrick and Queen's Park subway stations.)

    Cooperative Housing Federation of Toronto

    Toronto Social Services, such as welfare:

    • Scarborough West Social Services, 1225 Kennedy R Unit I, General Inquiry: 416-392-2800, Intake: 416-392-2725,   (if your postal code starts with: M1K, M1L, M1M, M1N, M1P or M1R)
    • Scarborough North Social Services, 5639 Finch Ave. E., General Inquiry: 416-397-1000, Intake: 416-397-1010,   (if your postal code starts with: M1B, M1C, M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J, M1S, M1T, M1V, M1W or M1X)
    • North York East Social Services, 20 Lesmill Rd., General Inquiry: 416-392-2850, Intake: 416-392-2811,   (if your postal code starts with: M2H, M2J, M2K, M2L, M2M, M2N, M2P, M2R, M3A, M3B, M4N or M5M)
    • North York West Social Services, 1860 Wilson Ave., General Inquiry: 416-392-6500, Intake: 416-397-0185,   (if your postal code starts with: M3L, M3N, M9L, M9M or M9N)
    • North York Central Social Services, 1117 Finch Ave. W., General Inquiry: 416-397-9450, Intake: 416-397-9451,   (if your postal code starts with: M3H, M3J, M3K, M3M, M6A or M6L)
    • East York Social Services, 1450 O'Connor Dr Bldg. 1, Unit 33, General Inquiry: 416-392-3400, Intake: 416-392-3421,   (if your postal code starts with: M3C, M4A, M4B, M4C, M4G, M4H, M4J or M4K)
    • East Toronto Social Services, 1631 Queen St. E., General Inquiry: 416-392-3200, Intake:416-392-3213,   (if your postal code starts with: M4E, M4L or M4M)
    • Central Toronto Social Services, 150 Eglinton Ave. E. Suite 900, General Inquiry: 416-397-1800, Intake: 416-397-5100,   (if your postal code starts with: M4P, M4R, M4S, M4T, M4V, M5N, M5P, M5R, M6B, M6C or M6E)
    • Downtown Toronto Social Services, 111 Wellesley St. E., General Inquiry: 416-392-5300, Intake: 416-392-5100,   (if your postal code starts with: M4W, M4X, M4Y or M5A)
    • High Park/ Parkdale Social Services, 1900 Dundas St. W., General Inquiry: 416-397-7800, Intake: 416-397-7900,   (if your postal code starts with: M6J, M6K or M6R)
    • Metro Hall Social Services, 214 Wellington St. W., General Inquiry: 416-392-2600, Intake: 416-392-2635   (if your postal code starts with: M5B, M5C, M5E, M5G, M5H, M5J, M5K, M5L, M5S, M5T, M5V, M5W, M5X or M6G)
    • Etobicoke North Social Services, 220 Attwell Dr. Unit 4, General Inquiry: 416-392-6400, Intake: 416-392-6405   (if your postal code starts with: M9R, M9V or M9W)
    • York/Humber Social Services, 605 Rogers Rd., General Inquiry: 416-392-6200, Intake: 416-392-6242   (if your postal code starts with: M6H, M6M or M6N)
    • Etobicoke South Social Services, 779 The Queensway, General Inquiry: 416-392-6550, Intake: 416-397-0330   (if your postal code starts with: M6P, M6S, M8V, M8W, M8X, M8Y, M8Z, M9A, M9B, M9C or M9P)

City of Toronto - Government pages

    City of Toronto Information, other Toronto information, such as City Hall, politicians, garbage, TTC, roads, parks,
    or for city parks, recreation, community centres, events and sports click on Toronto events and attractions
    Apartment Standards Records, City of Toronto, check outstanding work orders against Toronto landlords.
    City of Toronto, Municipal Code

    Toronto apartment heat bylaw. If your heat is not maintained at least at 21 degrees Celsius from September 15 to June 1, first complain to your landlord, then you can call the City of Toronto, either your City Councillor or a bylaw inspector, regarding apartment heat by calling 416-338-0338. If you really just wanted to see the Toronto temperature, please visit Toronto's weather.

    If you landlord won't do necessary repairs, call the City of Toronto, Municipal Licensing and Standards Department, to have a building inspector sent out. Here is the Frequently Asked Questions and their answers on this topic provided by the city's Municipal Licensing Services Division. The numbers to call for Toronto tenants(depending on your area) are:

    Toronto Rent Bank: information on interest free loans to keep your place, if you are behind on your rent and are not on Ontario Works, ODSP or in rent geared to income housing.

    United Way of Great Toronto Maps Poverty By Toronto Postal Code

    The Emergency Energy Fund (EEF) is a program for those not currently receiving social assistance who are experiencing energy related arrears (hydro, gas and oil), funded through the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. has since stated its intention of providing funding on an annual basis. Eligibility for assistance is means-tested with available income and assets being considered. If you are not in receipt of social assistance and require funding, call 416-338-3332 for an initial eligibility assessment. Those receiving Ontario Works (OW) or who are on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) should contact their caseworkers. For more information click here.

Other Community and Social Services in Toronto. Help and advice:

Legal Services:

    Toronto Community Legal Aid Clinics
    Free Toronto law services (mostly free services to those with low incomes)

  • A legal Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities, 425 Bloor Street East, Suite 110, Toronto, 416 - 482-8255
  • Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, 2 Carleton Street Suite 701, Toronto, 416 - 598-2656
  • African Canadian Legal Clinic, 330 Bay Street, Suite 306, Toronto, 416 - 214-4747
  • Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples, 2141 Jane Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, 416 - 533-0680
  • CFT French Legal Aid Services, 22 College Street, Suite 305, Toronto, 416 - 928-0850
  • Downsview Community Legal Services, 893 Sheppard Avenue West, 416 - 635-8388
  • Downtown Legal Services, 720 Spadina Ave., Suite 418, 416 - 978-6447 Book an appointment, 416 - 934-4535 Other inquiries
  • East Toronto Community Legal Services, 1320 Gerrard Street East, 416 - 461-8102
  • Family Law Office, 393 University Ave., Suite 420, Toronto, 416 - 348-0001
  • Flemingdon Community Legal Services, 49 The Donway West, Suite 205, 416 - 441-0969
  • HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario), 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 400, Toronto, 416 - 340-7790
  • Income Security Advocacy Centre, 425 Adelaide Street West, 5th Floor, Toronto, 416 - 597-5820
  • Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, 489 College Street, Suite 203, Toronto, 416 - 924-6477
  • Injured Workers' Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411, Toronto, 416 - 461-2411
  • Jane Finch Community Legal Services, 1315 Finch Avenue West, Suite #409, 416 - 398-0677
  • Justice for Children and Youth, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 405, Toronto, 416 - 920-1633
  • Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services, 489 College Street, Suite #205, 416 - 924-4244
  • Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1701, Toronto, 416 - 971-9674
  • Neighbourhood Legal Services, 333 Queen Street East, 416 - 861-0677
  • Parkdale Community Legal Services, 1226 Queen Street West, 416 - 531-2411
  • Refugee Law Office, 375 University Ave, Suite 206, Toronto, 416 - 977-8111
  • Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, 500 Rexdale Boulevard, The Woodbine Centre, 416 - 741-5201
  • Scarborough Community Legal Services, 695 Markham Road, Suite #9, 416 - 438-7182
  • South Etobicoke Community Legal Service, 5353 Dundas Street West, Suite 210, 416 - 252-7218
  • West Scarborough Community Legal Services, 2425 Eglinton Street East, Suite 201, 416 - 285-4460
  • West Toronto Community Legal Services, 672 Dupont Street, Suite #315, 416 - 531-7376
  • Willowdale Community Legal Services, 245 Fairview Mall Drive, Suite #106, 416 - 492-2437
  • York Community Services, 1651 Keele Street, 416 - 653-5400

  • Etobicoke Legal Aid Office, 5415 Dundas Street West, Suite 101, Etobicoke, 416 - 237-1216
  • North York Legal Aid Office, 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 106, Toronto, 416 - 730-1588
  • Scarborough Legal Aid Office, 1921 Eglinton Avenue East, Unit 1A, Toronto, 416 - 750-7172
  • Toronto Legal Aid Office, 375 University Avenue, Suite 204, Toronto, 416 - 598-0200

  • Landlord and Tenant Board, (formerly the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal,) Toronto East / Durham Regional Office, 2275 Midland Avenue, Unit 2, 416-645-8080
  • Landlord and Tenant Board, (formerly the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal,) Toronto North Regional Office, 47 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 700, 416-645-8080
  • Landlord and Tenant Board, (formerly the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal,) Toronto South Regional Office, 79 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 212, 416-645-8080

Emergencies: Fire, police, plus distress centres:

    Fire: for emergencies call 911
    City of Toronto Fire Prevention, or for Fire Prevention inquiries by telephone:

    • North Command (North York) 416-338-9150
    • East Command (Scarborough, East York) 416-338-9250
    • South Command (Toronto) 416-338-9350
    • West Command (York, Etobicoke) 416-338-9450

    Toronto Police Services: for emergencies and crimes in progress call 911
    For general and non-urgent inquires call 416-808-2222 (TTY-only 416-467-0493)

    Poison Information 416-813-5900 (TTY-only 416-597-0215)

    Distress Centres:

    • Distress Centre of Toronto 416-408-4357
    • Kids Helpline 1-800-668-6868
    • Parent Helpline 1-888-603-9100
    • Telecare Distress Centre Etobicoke 416-247-5426

Toronto Food banks and emergency shelters:

Toronto Hospitals and Healthcare:

Education: Toronto schools, Universities, Community Colleges and Libraries

Toronto Transportation:

    GO Transit, has 14 train stops within Toronto, for information call: 416-869-3200
    Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which runs Toronto Pearson International Airport
    TTC, Toronto Transit Commission, public transit and the Toronto subway, 416-393-INFO, routes and schedules 24 hours, 7 days a week
    WheelTrans, the TTC's disabled transit system, 416-393-4111 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., general information and to register for the service
    Greyhound Bus, takes to to other cities from the Toronto Bus Terminal 610 Bay Street, 416-594-1010
    Via Rail, take the Train from Toronto to cities across Canada
    Porter Airlines flying from Toronto City Centre Airport

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