Dilico Anishinabek Family Care provides a range of responsive individual, family and community programs and services for the complete life journey of all Anishinabek people. We care for the physical health, the mental health and the health of the communities where Anishinabek people live by promoting wellness, preventing illness and trauma, and providing diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Kids: Aboriginal Canada Portal Find information on Aboriginal peoples and nations from across Canada.

Ontario Federation of Friendship Centres As a province-wide organization The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres represents 29 friendship centres across Ontario.

Children Services

The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada) promotes the well-being of families by providing national leadership, consultation and resources to those who care for children and support families.

Canadian Child Care Federation overall mission is to improve the quality of child care services for Canadian families through: facilitating networking; supporting initiatives that improve quality; and influencing child care policy frameworks and supporting research. The bilingual website contains projects, reports, fact sheets and their regular magazine "Interaction". Contains links to its membership.

The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development is a consortium of Canadian organizations that promote the best knowledge on early childhood development (0-5 years) among parents, professionals and policymakers to help them have a positive impact on children's development.

Ontario Ministry of Education

Ontario Ministry of Education: Think, Feel, Act Videos: Lessons from research about young children:

Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board Under provincial regulations, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) is responsible for administering five main child care services:

  • Fee Subsidy
  • Wage Subsidy/Enhancement
  • Special Needs Resources
  • Family Resource Programs
  • Ontario Works Informal Child Care

Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies represents Children's Aid Societies in Ontario, advocates for child welfare, and provides leadership in achieving excellence in the protection of children.

Children's Centre Thunder Bay offers a continuum of children's mental health services that range from a single session counselling through brief services to longer term outpatient services and intensive residential treatment. We also provide a variety of specialized services that focus on a:

  • particular group such as infants, parents, youth and adolescents
  • presenting issue such as family struggles, parenting, autism or addictions
  • service area such as child welfare, schools, youth justice or day cares

Child Care

District of Thunder Bay Child Care Registry is a central application and registry for all families seeking licensed child care spaces in the City of Thunder Bay and the surrounding District communities including Beardmore, Dorion, Geraldton, Manitouwadge, Marathon, Nakina, Nipigon, Red Rock, Schreiber, and Terrace Bay.

Children with Special Needs

Autism provides Ontario Government information about autism and available services and supports.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance A Helping hand on your journey. We provide vital guidance and assitance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario is a charitable non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities.

SpeciaLink is a national resource and research centre dedicated to promoting the inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream early learning and child care settings. SpeciaLink provides a range of services and supports, including responses to specific questions of parents and practitioners, referrals to other organizations, technical assistance, SpeciaLink fact sheets, books and videos, and a speaker's bureau.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

FAS World An international alliance of parents and professionals concerned about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Motherisk provides authoritative information and guidance to pregnant or lactating patients and their health care providers regarding the risks associated with drug, chemical, infection, disease and radiation exposure(s) during pregnancy.

Health and Nutrition

Thunder Bay District Health Unit is one of 36 Public Health Units operating in the Province of Ontario, Canada. We are a non-profit agency funded jointly by the provincial government and the municipalities we serve.

Canadian Paediatric Society Information for parents from Canada's paediatricians.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Learn about Ontario's free vaccination programs and the immunization schedule for your child.

Eye See Eye Learn Eye See…Eye Learn provides comprehensive eye exams by local optometrists (or eye doctors) to junior kindergarten students in participating school regions. The eye exams are covered under OHIP when you show your child’s health card. If the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive them FREE of charge courtesy of our participating sponsors.

Car Safety and helps create a broader awareness of the benefits of proper car seat and booster seat use, encourages correct and consistent child passenger restraint use as the socially expected norm and enhances police enforcement of child passenger safety laws in their own communities.

The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) helps families with young children (birth to 6) living in conditions which may impact on their ability to reach optimal health. The program assists vulnerable families to increase both adult and child health, develop problem-solving skills and social networks, and to engage in their communities.

Best Start Nexus: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre supports service providers across the province of Ontario working on health promotion initiatives to enhance the health of expectant and new parents, newborns and young children.

North of Superior Counselling Programs is a leading non-profit, community based mental health and addictions agency committed to supporting healthy communities in the North of Superior District. We provide a full range of culturally responsive counselling and wellness programs to assist individuals and families.

George Jeffrey Children's Centre are proud to offer programs and services that meet the physical, developmental, and social needs of Northwestern Ontario children of all ages and abilities. Helping children achieve their best by providing family-centred services is an essential part of what we do. Our dedicated and caring professionals acknowledge and respect each family's uniqueness and seek their advice and guidance to help children reach their potential.

Excellence in Paediatrics (EiP) is an international paediatric community that operates on a non-profit basis to facilitate the refinement of raw scientific information into best clinical practice for child health professionals.

Health Canada: Is Your Child Safe?
This publication covers a wide range of issues relating to products such as blind cords, cribs, car seats, lighters and matches. It provides useful tips and advice for parents and caregivers to help them choose and use consumer products for the children in their car.

Health Canada: Is Your Child Safe-Sleep Time? This publication covers a wide range of issues relating to sleep. It provides useful tips and advice for parents and caregivers to help them with safe sleep.

Health Canada Recalls Recent consumer product recalls in Canada.

Telehealth Ontario Anyone can call for free confidential health advice or general health information from a Registered Nurse.

Cord Blood Banking refers to the storage of a child's umbilical cord cells. Parents can store their baby's cord blood, and these cells can be used for treatments in the future. Since the cells are kept in controlled containers, they are viable for decades, and remain active and healthy after years of storage.

Your Guide to Cord Blood Banking Cord blood treats over 80 diseases including leukemia and lymphoma. Donations are painless and are being used to save the lives of children and adults around the world. Learn more in our free downloadable guide.


Dad Central Ontario is committed to strong , healthy children by affirming and valuing the bond between fathers and their children, Dad Central Ontario (formerly the Father Involvement Initiative-Ontario Network) works to provide relevant and well-crafted information for fathers and for individuals, agencies, and programs working with fathers.

Triple P Positive Parenting Program Ontario aims to build positive behaviours in children, confidence in parents' abilities, and community support for raising children.

Parents Matter A website containing an inventory of parenting programs, downloadable resources for parents in a variety of languages, resources for facilitators who work with parents, and a directory of Certified Canadian Family Educators (CCFE).

Growing Healthy Canadians A Guide for Positive Child Development was created to promote and illustrate that the healthy development of children and youth is a shared responsibility. The bilingual website offers information and resources on how to support and promote healthy child development through the major transitions in life: from the first year of life to school entry to adolescence and to adulthood.

Brass Bell Early Years/Best Start provides support to children and families in communities across the District of Thunder Bay. Families can access quality programs, resources, workshops, referrals, services, information and community linkages through Best Start sites in their community.

Communities Together for Children are committed to providing education, centralized resources and supports to assist in increasing the capacity of our community to embrace this important role. Through leadership and the development of strong community partnerships we will be better able to facilitate the development of caring, competent, healthy children.

Our Kids Count Real Help... Right here... Right now... For families that need it most.

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

Ontario 211 Information to community and social services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Nipissing District Developmental Screen Developmental Information for your child up to six years of age to help monitor and support development.

Children See, Children Learn Your child learns from you and your actions. Parenting can be stressful. Do you need ways to manage your stress while teaching your child? Research shows that punishments such as slapping, spanking or shaming do not work. They can actually harm your child. They can have a negative lasting impact on your relationship. There are more positive ways to teach your child that do work. - See more at:

Prenatal and Infant

La Leche League Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society.

Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit to learn more about the 18-month well-baby visit.

Having a baby in Thunder Bay

The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) assists pregnant women and new mothers living in conditions of risk. It aims to reduce the incidence of unhealthy birth weights and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and to improve the health of both mother and infant

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain