Toronto Community Based Research Network

A social network for those interested and involved in CBR in and around Toronto

What is the Toronto CBR Network?

The Toronto Community-Based Research (CBR) Network brings together community practitioners, academics, funders and community members from across the GTA who are or have been involved in CBR projects.

The mission of the Toronto CBR Network is to increase and sustain the capacity of local health and social service organizations and academic partners in the GTA to conduct effective CBR leading to evidence-based action and policy change.

The Toronto CBR Network is a vehicle to facilitate networking, collaboration, learning and action.


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How – and how well – can Housing First work in Toronto?

At Home/Chez Soi was a four-year national randomized controlled trial of Housing First that took place in Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Housing First programs offer people experiencing homelessness and mental health problems access to quality independent housing and supports. Key elements of the program include:
- Housing as a first step. People are offered quality housing right away.
- Housing with no pre-conditions. Although treatment is offered, people do not have to accept psychiatric services or stop using substances to receive housing. They have to meet with a case manager once a week.
- Housing with off-site supports. People with moderate needs have access to intensive case management (ICM). People with higher needs have access to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)—a variety of supports including case management, psychiatry and primary care.
- Commitment to program participants. If people lose their housing, they are re-housed as many times as needed. Supports follow people wherever they end up living.

For more information see:

See the Mental Health Commission of Canada for results of the national trial.


Toronto Community Based Research Network is a social network


What would you do with $15,000 to improve women’s health?

The $15K Challenge will award $15,000 or more to individuals in organizations working to advance the health of women and girls. Funding is available for one year, and organizations must be based in Ontario.

Women’s Xchange can help transform your ideas into research that will make an impact in the communities you serve. From help on framing a research question to aid in communicating the results of your project to others, Women’s Xchange wants to support you.

You've got the ideas. We've got the funding. Let’s work together.

For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit our website or

Notice of Intent due September 2nd @ 5pm | Applications due October 1st, 2014 @ 5pm


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Looking for PAC member

Posted by Christie Welch on July 25, 2014 at 9:40am

Survey for TCBRN members!

Posted by Brenda Roche on July 10, 2013 at 3:36pm


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Brenda Roche posted an event

Community-Based Research Ethics Workshop at the Wellesley Institute at Wellesley Institute

December 12, 2014 from 9am to 11am
Register at https://cbrethics.eventbrite.caJoin the Toronto Community Based Research Network for a morning of learning at the Wellesley Institute. The topic of interest will be community-based research ethics. Community-based research (CBR) is important for engaging those most affected by health inequities. But along with CBR comes questions about how to ethically examine issues affecting diverse communities, some of whom may be…See More
Nov 19
Profile IconJohannes Kniffki, Sebastian Thiel, Roshanak Mehdipanah and 2 more joined Toronto Community Based Research Network
Nov 18
Brenda Roche posted a blog post

Survey: Identifying the Needs of Immigrant Women with Disabilities in the GTA

Help us shape our future programming!Springtide Resources would like to learn more about the needs of immigrant women with disabilities and their service providers.Please help us by completing this survey to identify the gaps in services in the GTA for immigrant women with disabilites. Service providers working with women are especially encouraged to respond.Your responses are important to us and will be kept confidential. Survey closes on September 5, 2014.If you have any further questions or…See More
Aug 26
Brenda Roche posted a video

Making The Connections: Our City, Our Society, Our Health

Health is about more than having access to doctors, drugs and hospitals. Our health is shaped by a complex set of interconnected and dynamic social factors: ...
Jul 29

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