Access to a phone or computer is essential for navigating modern life, finding work, connecting with friends, family, and critical support services such as healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of digital life has grown even more. Still, the government has yet to ensure everyone can actually access these essential digital spaces. With the government's assistance, the big Canadian telecom companies have cornered the market to make access to digital life too expensive for many to afford even if they have the tools to access these spaces. People with unstable or no access to housing are even more reliant on phone and internet access to stay safe and connected, yet are often not able to afford the sky high costs of phones, laptops and phone plans. With the City of Toronto's upcoming encampment evictions which will displace countless people, removing them from their communities and support networks - our unhoused neighbours need phones now more than ever.
ALAB Resource Clinic has been and will continue to connect our unhoused and housing insecure neighbours with phones, charging banks, and phone plans in an effort to make up for our governments' failure at all levels. We need to stand by our neighbours and connect our communities. If you want to do your part in connecting your community and are in a position to do so, please donate a phone, laptop, charging bank, or contribute financially toward the cost of phone plans.
We recognize that we are still in midst of the pandemic and that transport is not possible for everyone. We are happy to pick up phones or other electronics. Get in touch with us for more information about pick-ups and other options, or if you have any other questions.
Please specify what kind of phone you'll be donating. We accept all types of phones (iPhone, Android, etc.). Additionally, please specify if you would prefer to drop off your device or if you would like us to pick it up from you. Please make sure to wipe your phone before donating using the instructions below:
Don't have a phone to spare, but still want to help?
You can support the ongoing cost of setting up phones and providing top-up minutes! Please see our Donate page or send an e-transfer to [email protected]
Phone & Laptop drop off location and directions:
1) Pamenar Cafe (307 Agusta Avenue)
|Friday||8:30 a.m.–2 a.m.|
|Saturday||9 a.m.–2 a.m.|
|Sunday||9 a.m.–12 a.m.|
|Monday||8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.|
|Tuesday||8:30 a.m.–12 a.m.|
|Wednesday||8:30 a.m.–12 a.m.|
|Thursday||8:30 a.m.–12 a.m.|
Drop off behind the counter during open hours
2) 435 Margueretta Street - PHONES/SMALL ITEMS ONLY
Place in phone drop box on front porch
3) Si Espresso Bar (748 Broadview Avenue) - PHONES/SMALL ITEMS ONLY
Place in phone drop box attached to the wall in the entryway
4) Oasis Dufferin Community Centre (1219 Dufferin Street)
|Monday||10 a.m.–4 p.m.|
|Tuesday||10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.|
*Any information provided to us to arrange pick-up is strictly confidential.