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About this map

How to use the map

We created this interactive map of Ontario, which includes organizations that provide mental health and addictions care across our 6 target cities (Toronto, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Ottawa).

The legend indicates that the red organizations are Black-focused organizations, meaning serving Black communities is a priority; the light-yellow organizations represent Mainstream organizations whose priorities do not include primarily providing services to Black communities. The circles with numbers in them are called clusters; the numbers in the circle represent how many organizations are nearby that region. You can zoom in while using the map so more organizations become visible in that area. After selecting an organization, you can click the purple button to see a pop-up that will display key details about that organization. The purple shading in the census areas is called a choropleth map, and represents how large the Black population in a certain area is. 

This map is a tool that can be used by children, youth, and families help them find culturally relevant mental health and addiction services nearby. 

What is Black-focused mental healthcare and why is it important for youth and children?

Black-focused mental health care is care that reflects an understanding of Anti-Black Racism, empowers youth to make informed decisions about their health, and adheres to treatment practices and standards that are culturally relevant. Black-focused mental healthcare is urgently needed due to the many unique systemic barriers Black children, youth, and their families face when trying to navigate the mental healthcare system in Ontario. These barriers have resulted in significant disparities in Black youth and children’s access to mental health care and illness-related outcomes when compared to their white counterparts.

Can people suggest locations or updates to the map?

If you have suggestions for updates to the map, or new mental health agencies you want us to add to the map, please contact us by email at mbooker@blackhealthalliance.ca

Will more municipalities in Ontario be added to this map?

Yes. We will be adding data for Ottawa, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor, and Hamilton in the coming weeks. Please check back periodically to this webpage.  

How was Black population density calculated?

Density was calculated as Black population divided by land area, which is consistent with Statistics Canada's method of calculating population density. Black population was defined as the number of Visible Minority-Black people in the 2016 census. For Statistics Canada-defined Census Subdivisions (CSDs), land area was used based on Statistics Canada's reported land area. For finer-scale wards for which readily available land area was not available, land area was estimated using measurement tools in a digital map.

How was the map created?

The map was created using a programming language called ‘R’, using mainly the ‘shiny’ library. This is a free, well-documented, highly popular, and open-source set of tools that allows the map to be highly customized and is free of the limitations of some expensive and proprietary GIS (geographical information systems) software. The map is hosted on a Shiny server and was designed and developed by Paulina Marczak (paulina.marczak@queensu.ca). If you have questions about how the map was developed, contact Paulina.

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