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Information for Mental Health and Addition Services in Ontario

ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling. We are funded by the Government of Ontario.

Our information and referral service is live-answer 24/7, confidential, and free.

Current, Timely, Accurate Data Reporting

ConnexOntario maintains a centralized, up-to-date, and accurate database of detailed drug, alcohol, problem gambling, and mental health treatment service information.

This information includes:

  • where the service is located
  • how to access the service
  • how long the wait to access the service may be

Information contained in the ConnexOntario database is used for planning purposes by healthcare professionals, and health system planners, managers, and stewards in the province of Ontario.


Through the use of leading edge technology, ConnexOntario provides hope, early help* and a human voice 24-hours per day to all individuals seeking information on, for example, mental health, drug, alcohol, and gambling problems. ConnexOntario also provides data to service planners seeking access to quality health and human services information.


We will deliver the most helpful, visible, agile and comprehensive system information for the people of Ontario, serving as the flagship* organization in helping people and organizations connect to the health and human services they need.


We believe in:

1. Service and Support

Individuals deserve respectful and responsive support in accessing high-quality, reliable and timely information about the Ontario health and human services system. We will meet the needs of the client by providing equal and consistent access, in either official language, wherever the client lives, and using various methods of communication.

2. Accountability

We will use our resources efficiently and effectively to serve as an honest broker of health and human services information. We will remain open to the highest standards of public scrutiny through transparency of the services we deliver, and integrity of our management and governance systems.

3. Respect and Collaboration

We respect and appreciate the unique worth, strengths and contributions of each health and human services agency in Ontario. We will be leaders in collaborating with others to promote connectivity within the broader health and human services sector.

4. Dynamic Growth

We continually strive to increase our understanding of, and sensitivity to the complex challenges and concerns that our clients and system partners face. We will model innovation in information services that meet the changing needs of Ontarians.

5. Diversity

We recognize that many Ontarians are vulnerable and marginalized, faced with challenges in accessing help.

6. Accessibility

We will ensure that our policies, practices, and procedures are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration, and equal opportunity.

7. Excellence

We are committed to the provision of quality services that are based on accurate and reliable information and meeting the highest standards of professionalism. We will support and develop our staff through continued investment in their learning and professional development.

*Flagship: a designation given to the largest, fastest, newest, most heavily armed, or for publicity purposes, the best known.

*Early help is a strategic direction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Board of Directors

ConnexOntario is governed by a diverse, community-based Board of Directors. Our board includes representatives from addiction and mental health organizations, related organizations, and umbrella groups from across the province.

ConnexOntario Board of Directors

2018-2019 Membership


Geoff Quirt
Former ADM, Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
Peterborough ON

Vice Chair

Sue Hillis
Dale Brain Injury Services
London ON


Ron Hoffman
Nipissing University
Nipissing ON


Aseefa Sarang
Across Boundaries
Toronto ON


Valerie Johnston
Johnston Consulting
Gravenhurst ON

Elizabeth McCarthy
Parkwood Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare
London ON

Marta Hajek
Elder Abuse Ontario
Toronto ON

Marcia Scarrow
Community Counselling and Addiction Services
Red Lake ON

Marion Wright
Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
Ottawa ON

Ernest Matton
Toronto East General Hospital
Minesing ON