Welcome to AY

Alternatives for Youth provides community-based substance use and addiction treatment services that engage and mobilize youth and their families. We inspire hope and resilience in youth by respecting client choice and rights, involving their supports/circle of care when appropriate, and by creating an environment that supports inclusion, equity and diversity. We value youth wisdom and experience in our recovery oriented practice and customize the support we offer based on our clients individual needs and treatment goals. We are grounded in our values as we promote improved health and well-being while helping youth have a meaningful, productive role in their community. 

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Alternatives for Youth is proud to have been awarded a four-year accreditation by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) in recognition of achieving established CCA standards for quality in governance, management, and community mental health and addiction services. CCA accreditation is based on widely-accepted best practice standards that support excellence and quality in our provision of community-based programs and services.

Our Space

Contact Us

38 James Street South, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4W6
Phone: 1-905-527-4469
Fax: 1-905-234-1515
E-mail:  intake@ay.on.ca

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

An intake worker is available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at the main office to provide information, consultation and to schedule an appointment. Evening appointments available.

AY Referral Form

Do you think you or somebody you know could benefit from AY services? You can make a referral online using the form below.

    Referred by:

    Name of Referrer (if applicable):

    Telephone Number (if applicable):

    Organization (if applicable):

    Is this person aware of your referral?

    Have they agreed to be contacted?

    Person's Name:

    Person's Preferred Pronouns:

    Self-described pronouns:

    Date of Birth:

    Telephone Number:

    Email Address:

    Can they be reached by text?


    Is this person attending school?
    If Yes – Name of School and Grade:

    Is this person a parent of children aged 0-6?

    Is this person street-involved?

    Would this person prefer to access service:

    Reason for Referral:

    We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we are located is  situated upon traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wyandot, the Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. The territory is mutually covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant. Today, this is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on their territory.