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The following student resources listing has been compiled by Campus Life, Student Success Programs. The local businesses and services listed below are not necessarily endorsed by OCAD U. The information is provided as a resource only. Information is subject to change.
Suggestions, corrections or comments are welcome and should be directed to Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator.
Curry’s Artist Materials
283 Dundas St. West
Deserres (formerly Loomis Art Store)
130 Spadina Avenue
Gwartzman’s Canvas and Art Supplies
448 Spadina Avenue
Midco Art & Office Supplies
555 Bloor St. West
Stevenson D.L. & Son
1420 Warden Avenue
Toose Art Supplies
229 College Street
1153 Queen St. West
Artist-Run Centres, Galleries & Museums
Please refer to guide on: www.artistsincanada.com
Alterna (formerly Metro Credit Union)
NW corner of Bay Street and College Street
Monday to Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bank of Montreal (BMO)
438 University Avenue
SW corner of University Avenue and Dundas St. West
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
NW corner of University Avenue and Dundas St. West
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
222 Spadina Avenue
Monday to Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RBC Royal Bank
SE corner of University Avenue and Dundas St. West
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SE corner of Balmuto Street and Bloor St. West
Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TD Canada Trust
NE corner of University Avenue and Dundas St. West
Monday to Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bicycles at St. Clair
625 St. Clair Ave. West
Community Bicycle Network
761 Queen St. West, Suite 101
453 Richmond St. West
Toronto Cyclists Union
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400
Toronto Bicycling Network
131 Bloor St. West
180 John Street
Acadia Art and Rare Books
232 Queen St. East
- Art and rare books in painting, sculpture, architecture, technique, antiques and contemporary design.
501 Bloor St. West
- General interest, deals on publishers overstock; specialize in special orders.
367 Queen St. West
- Comics, alternative and collectibles.
Toronto Women’s Bookstore
73 Harbord Street
Child Care Facilities
Child Care Centres
City of Toronto
Kid's Club at St. John's School
780 Kingston Road
University Settlement Recreation Centre
Afghan Association of Ontario
- Orientation, integration, counselling, translation, interpretation, job placement, assistance, taped community event lines.
Association for Native Development in the Arts
- Arts organization represents Native artist, collectives and organizations across Canada.
Canadian Arab Federation
- Job search, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).
Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
- Brings Natives and non-Natives together to form business partnerships that encourage economic self-sufficiency: Aboriginal Choice Placement Services, referrals, placements.
Canadian Ukrainian Immigration Aid Society
- Settlement, orientation, referrals, employment, housing, translation and interpretation.
Caribbean Youth and Family Services
Tel: 416-740-1558 or 416-746-5772
- Individual and group counselling, young offenders counselling, educational supports, info and referrals.
Centre for Indigenous Theatre
Centre for Spanish Speaking People
- Reception and settlement services, information, counselling, referral, assistance, community legal clinic.
Chinese Family Services of Ontario
- Counselling: individual and group, marital, family, children, youth, women, seniors and newcomers.
Czech & Slovak Association of Canada
- Information and referrals, legal advice, immigration issues, crisis intervention, counselling.
Greek Community of Metropolitan Toronto Social Services
- Counselling, crisis intervention, assistance, documentation, translation.
Hungarian Community Services
- Settlement services, information, referrals, friendly visiting, translation and interpretation.
Japanese Social Services of Metro Toronto
- Supportive counselling, social services, referrals, translation and interpretation (for social services).
Korean Canadian Women’s Association
- Supportive counselling, includes family conflict, social assistance, intervention for assaulted women, employment and information.
National Congress of Italian Canadians
- Umbrella organization for Italian Canadian Organization.
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
- Community centre offers summer students a placement program, cultural teaching and education, workshop and teaching circles.
Ontario Black History Society
- Reference material focused around black history in Ontario.
- By appointment.
Polish Immigrant and Community Services
- Orientation, information and assessment, supportive counselling.
Somali Immigrant Aid Organization
South Asian Family Support Services
- Family services, community development, youth and senior’s services, services for immigrants and new concerns.
Southeast Asian Services Centre
- Services for immigrants and newcomers, family services, community development, youth and senior services.
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
- Aboriginal community service centre, drop-in, free lunch and supper, food banks, computer programs and Internet access.
Advertising and Design Club of Canada
109 Vanderhoof Avenue, Suite 207
Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO)
Association of Registered Graphic Designers (ARGD)
96 Spadina Avenue, Suite 503
Association of Registered Interior Designers (ARIDO)
717 Church Street
Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications (CAPIC)
55 Mill Street
Fusion (Ontario Clay and Glass Association)
225 Confederation Drive
235 Queens Quay West
Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA)
2300 Yonge Street
Ontario Craft Council (OCC)
170 Bedford Road, Suite 300
Packaging Association of Canada (PAC)
2255 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite E330
Visual Arts Ontario (VAO)
1153A Queen St. West
Disability & Access
ARCH- Legal resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities
Tel: 416-482-8255 TTY 416-482-1254
- Community legal clinic, representation in cases that may set precedents, advice and referrals.
Creative Spirit Art Centre
- Exhibition/workshop for artists with physical/mental disabilities.
Home for Creative Opportunity
237 Dundas St. East
978 Queen St. West
- Non-profit gallery, works with people with physical/mental disabilities.
(Corner of Dundas and Yonge)
Tel: 416-536-6468, Ext 40
- This is a service for half-price, same-day tickets for various events in the city, such as concerts and plays.
Festival and Repertory Theatres with tickets under $10.
506 Bloor St. West
608 College Street
Canadian Stage Company
26 Berkeley Street
Canadian Opera Company
145 Queen St. West
The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seaons Centre
145 Queen St. West
Galleries & Museums
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St. West
The Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St. West
Tel: 416 979 7799
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road (corner of Eglinton Ave. East)
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queens Park
Events in Toronto
Toronto International Film Festival
- One of the big three global film events.
The Royal Winter Fair
- Bringing the country to the city since 1922.
- Showcasing of the very best in agriculture and horticulure.
- The parade started in 1905.
- It has over 24 floats, 24 marching bands and more than 1,700 participants.
Toronto WinterCity Festival
- A Toronto-wide winter celebration with live cultural performances, ice shows and sculptures.
- The fun and fabulous arts and culture festival.
- Celebrating diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, families, friends and lives.
- Celebrated across Toronto.
- A weekend that showcases Greek cuisine and culture.
- It has recently expanded to include other cultures in the Danforth area.
- A celebration of Caribbean culture.
- Running since 1879, the CNE is also known as “the EX”. Features agriculture exhibits, rides, games, a casino, food and intriguing shopping experiences.
Also view a listing of Annual Events at OCAD.
416 Dundas St. East
- Groceries, drop-in centre for women.
- Call first.
Daily Bread Food Bank
191 New Toronto Street
- Programs to eliminate hunger; collect, sort and distribute food; referrals to local food banks.
Toronto Community Hostel
191 Spadina Rd.
- Emergency shelter, meals, counselling, referrals for: advocacy, immigration, welfare, medical, legal and educational.
Garbage & Recycling
According to the by-laws:
- No more than six garbage items can be picked up each collection day.
- Garbage must be stored in a rodent proof container.
- Recycling is mandatory an all residential locations, including apartments.
- Garbage and recycling must be put out no later than 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day and no earlier than 8 p.m. the night before.
- It is illegal to use public litter bins for household garbage.
- Do not dispose of syringes, household hazardous waste or broken glass in regular garbage bags or recycling boxes.
- Garbage and recycling days for houses and apartments are scheduled. Call 416-338-2010 to get a calendar or if your garbage was not picked up.
- If you live above a store or receive nighttime collection, please call customer service at the above number for your schedule.
- Garbage must be placed in large bags, not in cardboard boxes, loose in bins or in small bags.
- Large items like furniture, sofas and mattresses can be left out for regular pickup.
- For large appliances like fridges and stoves and metal, contact your community office to arrange for special collection.
Hazardous Waste Disposal:
Household hazardous waste like paints, pesticides, propane tanks, batteries, syringes, used motor oil and many cleaning products are examples of wastes that should not be placed with regular garbage or washed down drains or sewers.
These types of waste must be taken to a drop off/reuse centre; check the closest one to you at www.toronto.ca/garbage/depots.htm.
The ‘ToxicTaxi' will provide free pickup of Household Hazardous Waste with a minimum quantity of 10 litres; call 416-392-4330 for this service.
Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Services
519 Community Centre
519 Church Street
- Legal assistance for lesbian, gay, bi, and trans groups.
Coalition for Lesbian & Gay Rights Ontario
Box 822, Station A
Tel: 416-392-6878 Ext. 4049
- Provincial lobbying and education.
Lesbian & Gay Bashing Hotline
PROUD at OCAD U
Toronto Area Gays and Lesbian (TAGL)
- Queer Support and information, peer counselling phone line.
Two-Spirited People of the First Nations
- Counselling support, talking circles every two weeks.
AIDS Prevention Outreach Program
338 Dundas St. East
- Hands-on nursing care, assistance obtaining health cards and other ID, community managed (No OHIP required).
Low Income Families Together
238 Queen St. West
- Street involved men and women, condoms, needle exchange, peer counselling.
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain Street
- Welfare, immigration, disability, casework, fighting police tickets in the court, tenant protection, daily casework, larger direct campaigns.
Street Health Committee Nursing Foundation
338 Dundas St. East
- Hands-on nursing care, assistance obtaining health cards and other ID, community managed (no OHIP required).
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee
6 Trinity Square
- Political advocacy group to end homelessness with national housing strategy.
Housing Issue Resources
(If you are looking for housing/accommodation/residence, visit OCAD U's Housing page.)
Federation of Metro Tenant Association
Tenant hotline, interpret and explain the Tenant Protection Act for tenants
Landlord’s Self-Help Centre
Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal
Labour Issue Resources
Canadian Labour Congress
- Central body connecting labour activities and affiliated unions.
The OCAD U Student Union retains a lawyer to provide free legal services for OCAD U students.
Other legal services nearby include:
Artist’s Legal Advice Services (ALAS)
- Legal advice, consultations to artists in Ontario.
(Canadian Artists' Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadiens)
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 440
Tel: 416-340-8850 or 1-877-890-8850
- Artist’s rights advocacy, legal advice, publications, workshops, library and copyright fee schedule.
Downtown Legal Services
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 418
- U of T Law students under supervision of lawyers.
- All variety of legal practice including university affairs, tenant issues and other issues.
Kensington-Bellwoods Legal Services
489 College Street
- Help with landlord-tenant and eviction issues.
Lawyers for Aboriginal Artists
415 Yonge Street, Suite 803
- A legal clinic offering free service to Aboriginals living in Toronto.
Lawyer Referral Service
- A service to people looking for lawyers licensed to practice in Ontario.
Free Legal Aid Ontario
375 University Avenue, Suite 404
Parkdale Community Legal Service
4266 Queen St. W
Toronto has four major daily newspapers:
If your primary interest is cultural, there are two weekly publications. Both are distributed city-wide on Thursday, are free of charge and have considerable lists of what is happening around the city. They also contain substantial rental and employment sections:
Other Supply Stores
347 Queen St. West
- Surplus electronics parts and other interesting bits.
Computer Systems Centre
275 College Street
Exclusive Film and Video
101-F1 Niagara Street
- Developing of 8 mm and 16 mm film, and video transfers.
Japanese Paper Place
887 Queen St. West
Tel: 416-703-0089 or
77 Brock Avenue
- Paper and bookbinding supplies.
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55 Queen St. East
Eight Elm Photo and Video
525 University Avenue
80 Spadina Avenue
496 Queen St. East
Tel: 416-365-1777 or 1-888-365-1777
514 Queen St. West
Printing & Photocopying
OCAD U Copy & Print Services (on-campus)
100 McCaul Street, Room 266, Level 2
100 McCaul Street, Room 636, Level 6
Tel: 416-977-6000, Ext. 202 or 442
425 University Avenue
Tel: 416-961-2679 or 1-800-COPYWELL
30 Ducan Street, Third Floor
505 University Avenue
Printland Plus Imaging
415 Yonge Street
481 University Avenue
The Copy Place
720 Spadina Avenue
The Printing House (TPH)
181 University Avenue
55 Bloor St. West
700 University Avenue
505 Consumers Road
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
Bus, subway, and streetcar service
Tel: 416-393-INFO (4636)
- For updated fares, please visit the website.
Interregional Bus and Train Service
Costs vary depending on the number of zones the passenger travels through. Single-ride, two-ride, and ten-ride tickets available, as well as day and monthly passes. Go transit offers discounted fares to full-time university students. Passengers who wish to pay student fares must have valid GO transit Student Identification Card. For updated fares, visit the website.
- Local Churches, Mandirs, Mosques, Synogogues, and Temples.
Church of the Redeemer
162 Bloor St. West (at Avenue Road)
St. Stevens in the Field
365 College Street
The Toronto Baha’i Centre
288 Bloor St. West
Walmer Rd Baptist Church
188 Lowther Avenue
Toronto Buddhist Church
918 Bathurst Street
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
23 Henry Street
Hindu Prarthana Samaj
62 Fern Avenue
First Narayever Congragation
187 Brunswick Avenue (at Harbord Street)
Beach Hebrew Institut
109 Kenilworth Avenue
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
619 Sherbourne Street
Ahmadiyyia Movement in Islam
10610 Jane Street
Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto
7340 Bayview Avenue
56 Boustead Avenue
Knox Presbyterian Church
630 Spadina Avenue
St. Basil’s Church
630 Spadina Avenue
Shromani Skih Society
269 Pape Avenue
Bloor Street United Church
300 Bloor St West (at Huron Street)
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