Key Sector-Wide Resources

A resource listed here will either address the needs of (or pertain to) the majority of Ontario’s priority populations AND/OR will be useful to (or relate to) the work of various position categories. Results are listed by the date they were added. Some of the resources listed below will be general in nature; others will be more specific.

  • Women-Specific Harm Reduction Half-full day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of the relationships between women, drug use and harm reduction. We will: Discuss women and their relationship to drug use; Examine women specific harm reduction strategies; Consider how stigma can create barriers to service for woman that use drugs.
  • Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions and Answers – French version Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions and Answers - French version
  • Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions and Answers This guide is for women, including trans women, who are living with HIV and who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence from their intimate partner.
  • Women & HIV in Ontario: An Introductory Toolkit This toolkit is part of a series created to assist community organizations and their staff to work with women* in Ontario who are living with HIV and AIDS or who are facing systemic risk factors for HIV transmission.
  • When Grief is Complex- The Impact of Multiple Loss in HIV/AIDS Impacted Communities and Workplaces Educational presentations designed to increase the knowledge & awareness of the realities of ongoing multiple losses found in HIV/AIDS: • Current perspectives of grief/loss/trauma, multiple ongoing loss, disenfranchised grief, traumatic loss, & ambiguous loss • Differences in loss responses: cultural diversity & long-term survivor realities See Resources – When Grief Comes to Work
  • When Grief Comes To Work: Managing Grief And Loss In The Workplace – A Handbook For Managers And Supervisors This training manual is comprehensive resource for managers and staff to support multiple levels of organizational response to the impact of grief on the workplace. ‘When Grief Comes to Work’ is a 220-page handbook to foster resiliency in the workplace through helping agencies develop appropriate and responsive policies.
  • When Grief Comes to Work: Bereavement and Resiliency Training for the Workplace Developed from the resource When Grief Comes to Work, ABRPO is currently offering a 3-part Bereavement and Resiliency Training Program to build concrete skills for individuals in positions to supporting ASOs and HIV impacted communities in responding to loss. See Resources for When Grief Comes to Work Handbook
  • What’s Hot with PRAs? “What’s Hot with Peer Researchers” is non-formal education (Smith, M. K. 2001) in the form of a one-hour online talk show (and accompanying podcast) sponsored by Universities Without Walls to discuss all aspects of people living with HIV who participate actively in research as per CIHR SPOR intitiative.
  • Updated OACHA Strategy The OACHA Strategy – HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2026: Focusing Our Efforts – has been updated.
  • Turning To One Another: Bringing GIPA to Life through Building Collaborative Relationships TTOA increases the capacity of ASOs to build effective working relationships between ASO staff and PHAs in multiple roles. There are 13 TTOA ASO Pilot Site Partners across Ontario which support and collaborate with Peer Facilitators to create and deliver on-going local programs. They also share local ideas and practices to help develop the provincial ...
  • Turning to One Another (TTOA): PHA/Peer Engagement Skills Training This 3 part training was initially developed in collaboration with the OAN’s Positive Leadership Development Program. This work is seen as a deepening of GIPA/MIPA principles, providing PHAs and peers who have experienced multiple losses with additional skills to support their engagement in community and with local organizations.
  • Treatment Update Treatment Update is CATIE’s cutting-edge developments in HIV research and treatment. Provides pertinent, up-to-date and unbiased treatment and related information.
  • Trans Inclusion Pocket Guide – French version Trans Inclusion Pocket Guide - French version
  • Trans Inclusion Pocket Guide A guide developed through the shared lived experience of trans women living in Ontario, specifically about the critical work of trans inclusivity in WHAI work. This resource explores information about trans women in Ontario.
  • Trans and HIV Half-full day (20-60 participants) We will: examine terms, definitions, and issues impacting the transgendered/transsexual community; Learn new language inclusive of trans clients; Understand the social determinants of health for trans clients and links to HIV; Develop strategies for reducing barriers for trans clients accessing services.
  • The Sex You Want The Sex You Want is a campaign developed to increase GBMSM awareness of new HIV prevention and sexual health strategies. Topics covered include: biology of HIV transmission, condoms, undetectable viral load, PEP, and PrEP. The campaign also seeks to support the implementation of sexual health strategies within the unique contexts of gay men’s lives.
  • The Positive Side The Positive Side is CATIE’s health and wellness magazine for people living with HIV.
  • The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative Website The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative (OHESI) is a provincial collaboration between agencies involved with HIV epidemiology and surveillance in the province. The website provides access to timely, relevant, comprehensive information about the epidemiology of HIV in Ontario.
  • The Basics of Grief and Multiple Loss Training This training provides a comprehensive synthesis of grief, multiple loss and transition theory in the context of HIV/AIDS. These accessible materials provide a solid orientation for ASO staff and volunteers and is also relevant for other agencies working with HIV infected or affected populations. See Resources for Training Manual
  • Survive to Thrive: Peer Support Training Based in the findings of the Survive to Thrive community-based research project, the need to increase peer support skills was identified by long-term AIDS-related multiple loss survivors (LTS). This training provides an overview of the Multiple Loss Journey and experiential learning of peer support skills. See: Resources for Training Manua
  • Survive to Thrive – the Multiple Loss Journey The Multiple Loss Journey is a visual representation of loss and resiliency developed by community members who have directly experienced ongoing AIDS-related deaths. Distinct aspects of loss and relevant intervention strategies are presented graphically through this visual tool. It can be placed on a wall or on the floor. Translations in French & Spanish.
  • Supporting Mothers in Ways That Work – French version Supporting Mothers in Ways That Work - French version
  • Substances Overview Half-day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of commonly used drugs (or specific substances if requested). We will: Discuss terminology such as “street drugs” and “party drugs” and various drug names; Examine drug use; Learn how certain drugs work in our bodies, how they are taken, and specific risk ...
  • SHARE Database SHARE is an easy-to-search, real-time repository of HIV-related systematic reviews. Whether you’re a researcher, healthcare provider or policymaker, SHARE provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for HIV-related information that has been published through a systematic review.
  • Sage Sage is a community-driven space for organizations and other HIV & hepatitis C service providers in Canada to share and archive their digital information resources and connect with peers in the field. Search the Sage collection to find client resources, guidelines and manuals, policies and procedures and other resources.
  • Safer Injection Equipment (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the what, why and how of each piece of safer crack use equipment.
  • Safer Crack Use Equipment (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the what, why and how of each piece of safer crack use equipment.
  • Resilient Workers: Essential Tools for Support and Stability Training With the ongoing presence of grief/trauma in the lives of PHAs and Peers, both workers and peers are impacted by the human interactions which are part of fulfilling their roles. Creating structured supports to respond to this impact is essential to the sustainability of people fulfilling such complex roles. See: Resources for Training Manual
  • Resiliency Initiative Resiliency Initiative includes both Resiliency Framework and Resiliency Map as tools to support a workplace team in expanding shared awareness of multiple loss impact on work-related areas. The Resiliency tools provide opportunities for groups to assess personal, team and organizational strategies for promoting resilience in the face of ongoing loss, change and transition.  Also available ...
  • REACH Evaluation Toolkit The REACH Evaluation Toolkit is designed to direct you to useful tools and resources and to give you short, cursory look at evaluation or a long, detailed exploration on various evaluation topics.
  • Rapid Response Service The OHTN Rapid Response Service provides access to research evidence in response to questions from community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in Ontario to help support evidence-informed programs, service delivery and advocacy. We conduct searches of the scientific literature and contact experts in the appropriate fields to locate key information resources.
  • Rapid Response Index A full index of the over 100 Rapid Responses have completed on a variety of topics including services, programs and supports for people living with HIV.
  • Program Science 101 This module will introduce you Program Science. You will learn about the guiding principles of Program Science, the strengths of this methodology in the HIV/AIDS research field, then you’ll have an opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt to navigate through our choose your own adventure scenario.
  • Proceedings and Evaluation Report: 3rd Ontario African, Caribbean and Black Research Think Tank This report documents a meeting hosted by ACCHO that brought together researchers, community organization representatives, community members and other stakeholders to discuss HIV issues that impact ACB communities, and identify research priorities to ultimately inform and strengthen the response to HIV in Ontario’s ACB communities. Also available in French.
  • Primed2: Sexual Health Guide for Trans Men This sexual health guide was written by and for trans men who have sex with other men. It contains information on staying sexually, emotionally, and mentally safe and healthy. Topics covered include finding sex, having safer sex, and how to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Prevention in Focus Prevention in Focus is CATIE’s spotlight on HIV prevention programs and research
  • PrEP & Women: What you need to know – French version PrEP & Women: What you need to know - French version
  • PrEP & Women: What you need to know This pamphlet will help answer questions women may have if considering going on PrEP.
  • Positive Women & Breastfeeding – French version Positive Women & Breastfeeding - French version
  • Planning for illness: Legal information for people living with HIV in Ontario Developed at the request of ACB PHAs in Ontario, “Planning for Illness” provides legal information about making preparations in the event of illness and/or death. It provides a general understanding of the law and legal options as it pertains to wills, powers of attorney, income support, etc. This resource is also available in French.
  • Our Voices: HIV, Race and the Criminal Law. An ACCHO Special Report “Our Voices” offers up-to-date information on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in accessible and practical terms. It provides an increased awareness/understanding of the issues related of HIV non-disclosure and how they impact ACB people in particular, and of legal resources available to PHAs for matters of HIV disclosure. This resource is also available in French.
  • Our Agenda Campaign Our Agenda is a campaign developed to support GBMSM in making the link between emotional/mental health and sexual health. The website responds to research that shows that multiple epidemics (depression, substance use, partner violence, etc.) are playing out in our community and reinforce each other. The website includes interactive features and blogs from community members.
  • Our Agenda = Mental Health Workshop it is a three part workshop developed to be delivered to local mental health providers to increase their capacity to more effectively respond to the unique mental health stressors that gay and bisexual men experience. The workshop covers gay social determinants of health, intersectionality, syndemics and resilience.
  • OPRAH Online Toolkit The OPRAH online toolkit is a resource of HR-related resources covering a broad range of topics. Content areas include human resources, labour relations, human rights, benefits & compensation, health and safety, legislation. Labour relations is limited to those ASOs who are unionized.
  • OODP Strategic Planning Readiness Assessment Tool The OODP Strategic Planning Readiness Assessment Tool has been designed to assist ASOs to determine if they are ready to begin strategic planning before submitting a strategic planning consult request to the OODP.
  • OODP Staff Workplanning Guidelines and Template This document is intended for use by individual staff working in the HIV sector. It can also be used by a staff team. It is a planning tool to complement the other planning documents used by the organization, including the strategic plan and implementation plan.
  • OODP Risk Management Planning Toolkit This toolkit offers a systematic and thoughtful approach to help you to address the possible risks facing your organization. It provides a brief description of what risk management planning is, why you need to do it and offers tools to help you identify risks, determine your priorities and how/when best to respond.
  • OODP Partnership Agreement Template The OODP Partnership Agreement Template offers a generic template for completing partnership agreements between community-based organizations. Sample text for the different sections of the agreement has been provided.
  • OODP Partnership Agreement Resource The OODP Partnership Agreement Resource provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects that need to be considered in completing a formal partnership agreement with community partners. It discusses why agreements are needed, what types are available and what is involved in negotiating an Agreement. It provides a Partnership Agreement Template as well.
  • OODP Organizational Self-Assessment Tool (OSAT) downloadable PDF version The OODP OSAT PDF version has been designed to support a self-directed organizational assessment process. Community-based HIV funded organizations can download this tool to assess the capacity of their organizations without involvement from the OODP. The tool offers modules that cover 5 areas of Governance and Operations.
  • OODP Organizational Self-Assessment Tool (OSAT) Consultation The OSAT Consultation is designed to support AIDS Service Organizations through a process in which they can assess their organizational capacity, identify gaps and create an organizational action plan that will help them to make improvements. Additional resources and hands-on Consultation support are provided for a period of up to 1-year. For more information please ...
  • OODP Operational Planning Guide and Templates This guide helps Boards and Executive Directors to prepare an annual operating plan that maps out the organization’s yearly objectives with proposed steps on how they will be accomplished, all in one document.
  • OODP Leading Change in ASOs Resource: A Resource for Executive Directors The goal of this resource is to increase the capacity of leaders in ASOs to effectively lead change in their organizations. It provides a framework for understanding change and practical strategies for implementation.
  • OODP ED Board Report Guidelines and Template The Executive Director’s (EDs) Board Report Template has been designed for regular reports to the Board of Directors. After reading the report, Board members should feel up to-date on relevant and strategic-level issues and prepared to raise issues, ask questions and make decisions at Board meetings.
  • Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018 (workshop) The ACB Strategy provides a framework for the response to HIV/AIDS in Ontario’s ACB communities. The workshop aims to: raise awareness/understanding of the ACB Strategy and HIV-related issues faced by ACB communities; foster alignment of front line work with the ACB community; and guide implementation of the ACB Strategy province-wide.
  • Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018 The ACB Strategy provides a framework for the response to HIV/AIDS in Ontario’s ACB communities. It aims to: raise awareness/understanding of the ACB Strategy and HIV-related issues faced by ACB communities; foster alignment of front line work with the ACB community; and guide implementation of the ACB Strategy province-wide.
  • Online Library of Evaluation Tools The library consists of sample tools that staff/managers can adapt to their unique contexts. The tools are designed for gathering informal and formal feedback from clients and volunteers (e.g., client satisfaction surveys, volunteer program survey, informal feedback form, etc.). Staff can request one-on-one support to revise these tools by submitting an EBPU service request for ...
  • OHTN Community-Based Research & Evaluation Fund The OHTN Community-Based Research & Evaluation Fund assists communities by supporting both the production and discovery of knowledge through community-based research, and the use of evidence to drive programming through participatory program evaluation. These guidelines describe funding program objectives, eligibility criteria, and instructions for applicants who wish to access these funds.
  • Methods 101 in HIV Research This evolving collection of eModules are used by individual learners and facilitated teams of academics, students, clinicians and advocates. Traditional HIV research methods are explained in Plain Language and learning is scaffolded with quizzes and gamified.
  • Managing Episodic Disabilities: A Best Practices Guide for ASOs This guide has been designed to provide best practices and guidance to AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) for managing and accommodating employees who live with episodic disabilities and wish to continue to be engaged in the labour force. Specifically, the guide will address how ASOs can best approach and respond to issues around episodic disabilities for ...
  • Making Outreach Matter Making Outreach Matter is an online good practice guide that outlines approaches and strategies for developing outreach programs targeting GBMSM (volunteer training, bar/bathhouse outreach, etc.) The guide was developed in partnership between GMSH and ACT and provincial advisory body of gay men’s outreach workers.
  • Let’s Talk: A Facilitator’s Guide “Let’s Talk” aims to provide guidance and support to service providers seeking to engage individuals who may feel ill-prepared to have difficult conversations about sensitive issues/topics with members of their family or other social and professional networks (partners, parents, children or colleagues). This resource is also available in French.
  • Legacy project: walk with me mentorship project The Legacy PHA Mentorship program is a capacity building program that meets the needs of both newcomer and long-term survivors PHA who face increased challenges in accessing professional, communal and social participation that hinder their professional and civic engagement, and thereby increased their sense of social isolation and societal exclusion. (ongoing development of website)
  • Introduction to Substance Use Full-day (20-60 participants) aiming to increase participants’ understanding of substance use. We will: Think about the range of substances and reasons people may or may not use; Look at the continuum of use and the stages of change; Learn about different methods of administration and associated benefits and risks; Examine our own attitudes and values ...
  • Injection Drug Use Supplies 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year) We cover: Why someone would choose to inject; Infectious disease transmission associated with sharing IDU equipment; Alternative language PWID may use; Drug, Set, Setting and ‘safe’ places to inject; Reducing risks around injecting; Best practice as it relates to IDU supplies; Kits vs Individual Supplies; ...
  • Indigenous People and HIV in Ontario An overview of the report” The Current State of the HIV Epidemic in Indigenous Communities” was created October 2015. The report can be used by service providers to have a better picture of the burden of HIV in Indigenous communities in Ontario.
  • HIV/AIDS 201 Full-day workshop (20-60 participants) covering what the HIV virus; how it works in the body; disease progression and treatments; accurate information on transmission, prevention and testing. We explore the impact of stigma on people living with HIV and touch on legal and disclosure issues. Typically includes a person with lived experience.
  • HIV Disclosure: a legal guide for gay men in Canada This guide is designed to answer some of your questions about HIV disclosure and the law in Canada. Most of it is about criminal law. It also has information about disclosure and other areas of law, for example: public health, privacy, employment, travel and immigration. Developed in partnership with HALCO.
  • HIV Disclosure Policy Development Webinar The OODP HIV Disclosure Policy Development Webinar was developed to assist ASOs to develop HIV Disclosure Policies for their organizations. The Webinar discusses why HIV Disclosure Policies are needed and outlines a process for ASOs to work collaboratively to ensure consistent practice in supporting client disclosure decisions across Ontario.
  • Hepatitis C and HIV Co-infection 1-2 hours (20-60 participants) We will: cover what the Hepatitis C virus; how it works in the body; disease progression and treatments; accurate information on transmission, prevention and testing. We briefly look at special considerations for people co-infected with HIV.
  • Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) Workshop A one-day workshop designed to enhance the capacity of AIDS service organizations and programs to achieve success in implementing GIPA. It offers organizations the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of their own GIPA policies and knowledge on how to implement effective GIPA strategies.
  • Governance Workshop A half-day or one-day workshop designed to establish a common understanding of Board accountability and the difference between governance and operations; and to identify the steps and resources needed to better fulfill the Board’s governance responsibilities. Topics include: board member roles and responsibilities, board structure and policies, governance models, effective board meetings, etc.
  • Governance Resources The OODP has created over 15 downloadable e-resources designed to support ASO volunteer Boards. Each resource contains a brief explanation of what it is and how to use it, and most include a template. For example there are templates for Board Agendas, Board Minutes, Board Member Job Descriptions, etc. There are also Board Policy samples.
  • Facilitation and Support for Group Processes Facilitation of group processes and/or discussions leading to resolution of issues, development of partnership agreements, etc. Groups often include an AIDS Service Organization and community partners.
  • Evidence to Practice: Cases in HIV Research This collection of cases are used with inter-professional university students to teach about how community-engaged HIV research is conducted from beginning to end. The eModules can be used in facilitated blended learning, communities of practice as well as individual learning.
  • Evaluation Training OHTN provides training and individualized support to agency staff so that they can evaluate their own programs and services. This support includes one-on-one consultation (to develop an evaluation plan), revision of any existing tools and data collection practices and the creation of new evaluation tools, if required.
  • Ethno Racial Treatment Support Network Ethno-racial Treatment Support Network (ETSN) is a peer-based, peer-led training program that promotes and enhances PHA involvement and leadership by providing capacity building for newcomer PHAs in areas of treatment literacy, health promotion skills, peer counselling and support skills. (ongoing development of website)  
  • eModules This collection of eModules about community based research uses HIV as primary example. The evolving series is the result of collaborations with OHTN research stakeholders. Each eModule has been designed, implemented, piloted and evaluated. A learning management system delivers pedagogical individual/aggregate results. Learners (individual and facilitators) include PHAs, academics and clinicians.
  • Effective Condom Use (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the most effective steps for condom use.
  • Drug Use Stigma, Stereotypes, and Harm Reduction Full-day (20-60 participants) We will: Reflect on how stigma and stereotypes are generated; Examine ways in which access to services can be affected; Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs; Examine the philosophy and practice of harm reduction, including examples of harm reduction programs and individual risk reduction ...
  • Drug Use Stigma and Stereotypes Half-day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of the negative effects of stigma on people that use drugs; Reflect on how stigma and stereotypes are generated; Examine ways in which access to services can be affected; Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs. Includes self-reflective exercises.
  • Cruising Counts: Program Guide for Online Sexual Health Outreach in Ontario This guide is designed to support online (sexual health) outreach services to GBMSM. This program guide captures recommendations, best practices and processes currently being used by different online outreach programs across Ontario. The guide includes research evidence that is based in Ontario and evaluates the efficacy of online outreach work to local GBMSM.
  • Crack Smoking Supplies 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year) We cover: What crack cocaine is; Stereotypes about, and stigma towards, those who use crack cocaine; Best practices for crack smoking equipment; Other resources
  • CATIE Website The CATIE website includes up-to-date prevention, treatment, healthy living and programming information on HIV and hepatitis C
  • CATIE Ordering Centre The CATIE Ordering Centre provides resources free-of-charge to ASOs, healthcare providers and other frontline service providers across Canada. Find a resource on: The Essentials; Sexual health; Harm reduction; Transmission, testing and diagnosis; Prevention technologies; Treatment; Living with HIV and/or hep C; National Response and statistics; Social and legal issues; Specific populations.
  • Boundaries Workshop A one-day workshop designed to enhance the capacity of AIDS service organizations and programs to respond to organizational issues related to boundaries. The workshop material can be customized separately for groups of staff or board members or volunteers.
  • Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression (ARAO) 2-Day Workshop A two-day inter-active workshop designed to enhance an organization’s ability to respond effectively to the diverse needs and identities of its internal human resources and the participants who use its services.
  • Agency Capacity Building: Fostering Resilience in the Face of Ongoing Loss and Transition – Workshops for ASOs Workshops for ASOs –informative and experiential workshops designed to allow the agency to identify, understand, and work with the impact of loss/transition in order to transform that impact into resilient organizational capacity. Workshops can be in response to immediate crises/losses or can be built into organizational planning cycles.Informative and experiential workshops designed to allow the ...
  • Agency Capacity Building: Fostering Resilience in the Face of Ongoing Loss and Transition – Individual Consultations/Coaching Individual Consultations/Coaching – (1-3 sessions) A short series of interactions with key organizational personnel to assist in • the identification and assessment of a) loss-related concerns and b) individual and organizational resources • linking grief/trauma theories and practices to a particular situation; (debriefing a traumatic loss) • supporting individuals in responding effectively
  • Advanced Harm Reduction 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year) We cover: Concepts around being ‘second on the needle’; Women-centred harm reduction issues; Risk reduction tips for clients who are using drugs; Concerns with cocaine adulterants; What legal issues you should be aware of when distributing harm reduction equipment; Overdose prevention and response; Other resources
  • 2015 View From the Front Lines VFTFL is the annual summary and analysis of OCHART data. This edition reflects data collected between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 and includes reports from 109 AIDS Bureau funded programs in 91 organizations. It provides an overview of: HIV epidemiology; prevention services; testing services; clinical services and support services.