211 Ontario


How do I know if I should be calling 211 or another number?

2-1-1 connects individuals to non-emergency community programs and social services in their areas.
9-1-1 responds to life- or property-threatening emergencies.
3-1-1 connects you to non-emergency municipal services, programs and information. Note: this is not available in all communities.
8-1-1 connects you to healthcare workers who can provide health advice and information.

Putting the “Human” Back in Human Services

Unlike search engines, 211 applies a human touch for personalized solutions. Our highly-trained and accredited Community Navigators know how to ask the right questions to get the full picture of a person’s needs. Navigators then provide referrals to services to connect them to the right supports. In addition, some partnerships include 211 registering individuals for services directly or providing a warm transfer to the program. 211 will also advocate on a contact’s behalf, at their request.

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