Working together to achieve a world without HIV/AIDS.
– ACT vision statement
ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto)
ACT is the largest AIDS service organization (ASO) in Canada. Founded in 1983, it is a trusted leader and an expert in community education and information sharing.
“Unless there is recognition that women are most vulnerable … and you do something about social and cultural equality for women, you’re never going to defeat this pandemic.”1
– Stephen Lewis, former special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
ACT for women
From the very beginning, ACT has provided services to women. Each year, ACT programs serve hundreds of women who are both living with and at risk of HIV infection.
ACT’s Women and AIDS Project started in 1988. The goal? Providing resources, education and training about HIV and women to service providers, communities and individuals in Toronto.
Our efforts to offer knowledge and support continues to improve to this day. So does our work with women and HIV. Here’s a sample:
- Community Kitchen, a monthly community kitchen for black women living with HIV offered in partnership with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) and Africans in Partnership against AIDS (APAA) – founded in 2000
- Women’s Coffee Night, a monthly social support event open to all women living with HIV – started in 2005
- hosting an annual wellness retreat for women living with HIV – since 1998
- dedicated support groups – 1992
Positive Work for Positive Women
Thanks to a grant from the M•A•C AIDS Fund, ACT leads the Positive Work for Positive Women pilot project. It deals with the employment needs of African, Caribbean and Black women living with HIV. We provide start-up money to assist in the development of micro-businesses. Participants then get four months of training and support in the area of business development.
This project is a collaboration between ACT, Black CAP, APAA and Women’s Health in Women’s Hands. It began in 2010.
Women’s Support Programs
For many years, ACT has provided support programs – including an annual Women’s Wellness Retreat – for Toronto women with HIV. With increased funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, we are now able to offer the retreat to women from across the province.
Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative
This program supports service providers outside of the HIV sector who serve women in Toronto.
ACT staff members:
- answer questions
- provide consultations
- conduct needs assessments
- provide customized training and resources to help agencies learn more about issues facing women at risk of and living with HIV
- offer resources and training to develop specialized support skills
With this knowledge, your agency’s staff, volunteers and others can make better links to the city’s AIDS service organizations, community health centres, sexual health clinics and other agencies that serve women.
Please contact us! We’re here to support you and your clients.
Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative at ACT
Phone: 416-340-2437 x. 453
This website is a resource for service providers. The site features trusted, accurate, up to date information and helpful resources about women and HIV in Toronto.
We are part of a province-wide Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI), funded by the Ontario AIDS Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This initiative allows AIDS organizations in centres throughout Ontario to hire staff to train service providers who are working in agencies that serve women.
Funding for this project is provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario. The views and opinions expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Ontario. The content of this website is not intended as medical advice. Please check with your health-care provider.
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1Africa’s capacity to deliver is huge, interview with Stephen Lewis, Africa Recovery, United Nations, June 2001