911 if your health, safety or property is threatened and you need help right away. The 911 call taker (operator) will notify emergency responders, like fire, police or ambulance. 911 emergency: when to call
Non-Emergencies including accessing a shelter if homeless
Directory of Police Agencies in Nova Scotia
Inclement Weather Info
If the electricity goes out for more than 48 hours there should be a Comfort Centre somewhere near you where they offer warmth, coffee, meals, cell phone charging and/or showers. Call 211 - they should know where they all are. In rural areas they could be a your local fire station or community centre. The info does not seem to be available in advance. They are open to everyone not just people who are homeless although in really cold or hot weather a cooling or warming centre might be available for people who are homeless.
Halifax mass notification system keeping residents informed about emergencies and operations updates.
Halifax - In conditions that don’t require an evacuation, during an emergency the municipality may establish or support community comfort centers whereby a resident population may visit to receive essential needs like meals, hygiene facilities, electronic device charging capabilities. Call 311 for information.
Power Outages - Nova Scotia Power
1-877-428-6004. An automated service to let you know when the electricity will be bank on or report a power outage or via their website. Dial and you will be asked for your postal code.
Red Cross Check List which suggests have a radio with batteries, a flashlight, don''t open your fridge and find a neighbour
Free computer access is available in many communities throughout the province. They may also provide free basic training on various software. Contact them for hours and services.
Apply annually from November to March. Receive up to $200 in assistance annually.
Free home assessments. light bulb replacement, new no flow tap and shower nozzles, indoor clothesline and night lights. Available to renters but must go through landlord.
List a number of resources on their website. Nova Scotia Legal Aid has many free legal services to help adults and youth facing a range of legal issues. They have in person assistance in various communities.
Provides support and resources to community members and students at Dalhousie University and King's college who are working to engage and inspire action around social and environmental issues. Library with tons of interesting books, films and magazines. Twitter @NSPIRG. E-calendar of community & campus events, email "subscribe" to
Seniors’ Home Safety Program
Offers support and advice through home visits and community presentations to help keep seniors safe in their homes. Free service for seniors 55+ living in Halifax, Dartmouth and the communities extending from Bedford to Sambro Loop. Topics include: frauds and scams, elder abuse, insurance, valuables etching, fire safety and fall prevention. Call (902) 490-2554 or email to book a visit or presentation or for more information.
Ontario Human Rights Commission: Indigenous spiritual practices
Provides information on smudging in rental homes.
Rental and Housing Info
Lists properties that have or had bedbugs. Provides some information aobut what to do if your place has bedbugs
A movement by renters, for renters to create an insider’s perspective on rental properties.
Call 211 for locations
The Freecycle Network is an online network offering and giving away free stuff. You can also post what you need. Available in many communities in Canada. Sign up to get offers by email.
Nova Scotia Helps Society
A facebook group that you can join to request or give away stuff: Food (not expired); Clothing; Toiletries; Baby Items (clothing, diapers, formula, and baby food); Furniture (3 item limit)
Free in the Valley (Annapolis) - Facebook group to join to trade, request or give away item(s).
Brunswick St Mission - Free Clothing, Household goods, baby layette. Mondays 9am to 2pm (closed 1130am to 1230pm for lunch). Must bring your own shopping or reusable bags. Closed Monday, November 25th, 2019 to January 13, 2020 2107 Brunswick St Halifax 902-423-4605 e:
Brunswick St Mission - Christmas Shop November 25th, 2019 to January 13, 2020 - select gifts for children and family members 2107 Brunswick Street Halifax 902-423-4605 e:
Dejavu Clothing Room - Adsum House, Monday – Thursday 1-3 2421 Brunswick Street, Halifax
Contact Fiona at 902-423-4422, or email email@example.com.
Free Menstral Products are now available at Halifax Central Public Library
Free Equipment Rental
Halifax - Skates Adventure Earth Snowshoes Bedford/Hammonds Plains Snowshoes, pedometers Captain William Spry Nordic Walking Poles, Scooters, Skateboards, Snowshoes
Libraries and Towns - often offer free bike rentals and other equipment rentals
Non-emergencies see provincial resources
Speak to a Nurse - 811
Legal Information Line
Mental Health Crisis Line
Available 24 hours, seven days a week
Just Talk 1-855-225-0220
Information and Resources 211
Note: Check urls or contact them by email or phone -This page is not updated on regualr basis. Also see Halifax and Annapolis Resources and Maps
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New Services or Changes in Services
Mondays Food Against Fascism - Weekly Serving 2177 Gottingen St, Halifax
Good Food Box Program
For $7.00, receive a container of fresh fruits and vegetables which will consist of 1-2 types of fruit and 3-4 kinds of vegetables from the North End Community Health Centre’s Good Food Box Program! NECHC JBO Centre located at 2131 Gottingen Street (bottom floor), Veith House; Gordon B Isnor Manor (5565 Cornwallis Street); Ahern Manor (2313 Gottingen Street), Community Health Teams (6080 Young Street); Mulgrave Park; and the Salvation Army in Uniacke Square. You must register every month to ensure that you receive your Good Food Box. To place an order call 902-460-4560 (#4) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile Food Markets
Spryfield : Fairview : North End Halifax : East Dartmouth : North Preston : East Preston
Food is sold as close to cost as possible.
Monday Nights 5-7 Freedom Kitchen - new pilot project in Lower Sackville starting October 7th going to the end of April 2020 providing free meals to those in need Contact (902) 478-9665 email@example.com
Third Thursday of Month 5-7pm - Meal - Knox United Church, Sackville Drive
Last Thursday of the month Free Seniors Lunch and a Presentor or Music, Middleton Subway. Every month except December, July, August, Sept Contact Lorrie lapenny <>
Nov 30 11:30-2 Christmas Dinner Mi'kmaw Friendship Centre, Gottigen St, Halfax
Volunteer with The Loaded Ladle - Every Monday, 4-6 pm Loaded Ladle Kitchen, main floor, Dalhousie SUB. PREP Meeting - Volunteers Tuesday through Fridays (when classes are in session)
daily prep, 930-12 or part thereof
daily serving, 1230-130
daily cleanup, 130-300
Just drop by our kitchen and say you'd like to help!
If you have a schedule conflict, leave them container (open around 930 am) and a meal will be set aside for you to pickup anytime before 3 0'clock. Please remember to put your name or symbol on your container.
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Brunswick St Mission 2107 Brunswick Street Halifax 902-423-4605 e:
Community Meals and Soup in the Annapolis Valley
Wed noon Soup Kingston United Church, Kingston
Tues Full Meal Rec Centre, Kentville
Thurs Full Meal Open Arms, Kentville