The idea to open a Covenant House location in Toronto originated with the late Cardinal Carter who rallied community support after he found kids sleeping outside his downtown office.

Opened in 1982, Covenant House Toronto was the second international site established in the highly recognized childcare agency. The 28-site network spans from Alaska to Latin America.

More than a place to stay, our agency serves youth through our 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community, as well as with our comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare. As many as 300 youth a day use our residential and support services.

Since the day we first opened our doors in 1982, we have offered opportunity and hope to more than 90,000 young people.

Crisis Shelter

Our crisis shelter offers food, a safe, warm bed, counselling and access to all our programs.
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In-school prevention and awareness presentations to help keep youth safe across Toronto and the GTA.
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Success stories

A moving day

With entry-level wages and no family support, Jason worried that an independent life would be impossible.
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