Canadian Family Resources

Becoming a parent is often wonderful and fulfilling–the responsibility can also be overwhelming and scary! That is why we have resources. Here is a list of helpful family resources in Canada:

Pregnancy & Baby

3 Cheers for the Early Years 

Provides parents and professionals with information and resources to assist in raising healthy children from 0-6 years.

Baby’s Best Chance 

British Columbia’s Ministry of Health Services has created this new website for both new and expectant parents, featuring information on healthy pregnancy, early childcare, and self-care for parents.

Best Start Resource Centre   

Best Start: Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre (Ontario) primarily supports those who work with expectant mothers and their young children.

Canadian Association of Midwives   

CAM is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) has created multi-language material about midwifery – Arabic, Farsi, French, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Urdu.

Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation 

Provides resources on breastfeeding basics such as starting out, baby and maternal issues/treatments, as well as breastfeeding myths. Selected resources also available in Chinese.

Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths 

Resources for parents and caregivers to ensure babies sleep within a safe sleep environment.

Encyclopedia on Early Child Development 

This encyclopedia, published on the Internet, is available free of charge.  It covers 33 topics related to the pyscho-social development of the child, from conception to the age of five, with the most up-to-date scientific information.

Fussy Baby 

Devoted to helping parents deal with the practical issues and emotional impact that emerge from having a baby who cries a lot.  Also includes a forum for parents.

Health Before Pregnancy 

An initiative of Best Start Resource Centre, this website for young adults and couples raises issues that can affect men and women and the health of their future children and provides answers to commonly asked questions people think about as they consider parenting.

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain 

Created by Best Start Resource Centre, this site offers parents suggestions to help them support their baby’s brain development and includes 15 short videos on topics such as nutrition, sleep, play, literacy, physical activity, attachment, self-regulation, discipline, stress, etc. Intended for future parents and for parents of children aged zero to three.

Healthy Parents Healthy Children  

A practical guide for pregnancy and being a parent, from Alberta Health Services.

International Breastfeeding Centre (IBC)            

Formerly known as the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute, IBC provides information sheets on breastfeeding in English and French as well as video clips with explanatory text in English, French, Spanish and Chinese. The clinic itself offers education services in the Toronto area.

Inuit Health Matters 

Inuit Health Matters is an initiative of AboutKidsHealth.ca that aims to improve the health and well-being of expecting and new families among Canada’s Inuit populations while celebrating traditional Inuit culture.

KidCareCanada Society 

Provides new parents with information on infant development in easy-to-understand video format.

La Leche League Canada (LLLC) 

Provides information about breastfeeding and helps to locate a breastfeeding support LLLC group in your area.

Motherisk 

Provides evidence-based information and guidance about the safety or risk to the developing fetus or infant, of maternal exposure to drugs, chemicals.

Multiple Births Canada            

Multiple Births Canada strives to improve the quality of life for multiple-birth individuals and their families in Canada with an extensive network of local chapters, healthcare professionals and organizations.

Pacific Post Partum Support Society   

Based in BC, the Pacific Post Partum Support Society supports women and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety. The Postpartum Journey details the story of one woman’s journey through postpartum depression and includes links to downloadable resources on self-care, screening, treatment and more.

Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Ltd. (PMDA)   

PMDA is a non-profit organization devoted to increasing awareness and resources for postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders across Canada, and helping individuals and families find support.

Take 30 for the Family 

A collaborative effort of the PEI Children’s Secretariat, Take 30 for the Family is a social marketing campaign designed to provide parents with information, activity ideas, and tools to promote positive parenting and healthy brain development during a child’s early years.

Just for Dads

24-Hour Cribside Assistance – For Dads 

This site for new fathers, a project of the Father Involvement Initiative – Ontario Network, was adapted from the 24-Hour Cribside Assistance Manual for Dad from the Region of Peel in Southern Ontario.

Canadian Father Involvement Initiative 

By affirming and valuing the bond between fathers and their children, this site works to provide relevant and well-crafted information for fathers and for individuals, agencies and programs working with fathers.

The Dad Vibe

A parenting blog by a Canadian dad.

Adoptive Parenting

Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) 

ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children, and stresses the importance of post-adoption services.

Canada’s Waiting Kids 

This site is intended to be an additional resource to prospective adoptive parents who are going through the adoption process with an agency in their area.

CANGRANDS National Kinship Support 

A national internet support group for kinship families raising “other people’s children”.

Miscellaneous

Car Safety and Kids 

Developed by the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada with other partners, this site provides parents with information on proper car seat and booster seat use as well as recent research on child-passenger safety.

Caring for Kids 

Developed by the Canadian Paediatric Association to provide parents with information about their child’s health and well-being.

Canadian Paediatric Society 

CPS is the national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.

Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres 

CAPCC provides poison prevention materials for parents.

Canada Safety Council 

Dedicated to the cause of safety, the website has a section on Child Safety, including topics on helmet, traffic, school bus and online safety.

Addiction Services

Excellent list of resources for women across Western Canada struggling with addiction in pregnancy:

http://sheway.vcn.bc.ca/

http://www.atira.bc.ca/maxxine-wright-community-health-centre

https://fasdprevention.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/h-e-r-pregnancy-program-in-edmonton-alberta/

http://www.viha.ca/children/pregnancy/herwayhome.htm

https://www.mountcarmel.ca/ways-to-give/the-mothering-project/

and for Dads too

https://www.lastdoor.org/

And in the USA

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/

 

Provincial Governments

Government of the Yukon 

Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of the Yukon Territory

Northwest Territories Health and Social Services 

Information and resources for people living in the Northwest Territories.

Nunavut Health and Social Services 

Information and resources for families living in Nunavut.

BC Ministry of Children and Family Development 

Information and services for parents and families in British Columbia.

Alberta’s Virtual Parent Link Centre 

Provides information and support for parents and caregivers on how to assist with children’s learning, development and health.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Government of Alberta 

Listing of programs and services for children and families in Alberta.

Government of Saskatchewan 

Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Child and Families Channel 

Provides information and services for parents and families in Manitoba.

Government of Ontario 

Information and resources concerning children and families from the Government of Ontario

Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Government of Ontario

Provides individual sections for parents, youth, kids, and professionals.

Children’s Information Portal, Government of Ontario 

This site brings together info about all the children and youth programs and services offered by the Government of Ontario.

Eat Right Ontario 

Developed as part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living, Busy Bodies and Eat Right Be Active were developed to assist parents and caregivers to introduce and support healthy eating and physical activity for young children.

Ontario Early Years 

Information for parents about local childcare services up to the age of six as well as programs and activities.

Québec Familles et Aînés

Provides resources and services for people living in Quebec.

New Brunswick Government Services: Individuals and Families 

Services and resources for parents and families living in New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia Children, Youth and Families 

This site provides a range of services to children, youth and their families living in Nova Scotia.

Prince Edward Island Social Services 

Information and services for parents and families living in Prince Edward Island.

Newfoundland and Labrador Health and Community Services 

Information and resources for families living in Newfoundland and Labrador

Federal Government

Correctional Service Canada – Victim Services 

Information for victims of offenders including resources relating to family and domestic violence.

Department of Justice Canada – Parenting After Divorce 

Provides information about family law, but also resources regarding parenting after separation and divorce.

Department of Justice Canada – Family Violence 

Provides information about family violence, the laws relating to family violence and the kind of help that is available to someone experiencing family violence.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada 

This site provides consumers with information to help choose financial products and services that best meet their needs .

Health Canada – Canada’s Food Guide 

The publication, Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide has been translated into 10 different languages (Arabic, Chinese – simplified, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu) in addition to English and French. The food guide has recently been tailored to reflect traditions and food choices of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Healthy Canadians 

Information on recent food and product safety recalls.

Healthy Living from Health Canada – Parenting

Provides information for parents regarding different health concerns and issues for different stages of life and development.

Human Resources and Social Development Canada – Parents and Caregivers 

HRSDC’s mission is to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians’ quality of life.

The Money Belt 

Created by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, this site is dedicated to teaching the basics about money and the financial world in an easy-to-understand format. It is targeted primarily to Canadian youth aged 15-29 years old.

Public Health Agency of Canada 

Provides information and resources concerning child and adolescent health.

Download a copy of A Parent’s Guide to Immunization. The Guide has been translated into 10 different languages (Mandarin, Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, Arab, Urdu, Korean, Russian, Farsi, Tagalog) in addition to English and French.

Service Canada 

Government of Canada services for families and children.

Statistics Canada  

Canadian statistics as it relates to population (including families, households, children, youth), resources, economy, culture and society.