The Up Your Life guide (formerly the York Region on a Limited Budget or YRLB book) is a popular peer-based guidebook that includes important community resource listings, tips, personal stories of struggle and resilience and other helpful information for people living in York RegionUp Your Life guide cover

The updated guide is an easy-to-navigate directory that can help community members connect to key social services, with new sections for youth, newcomers, abuse survivors, seniors, 2SLGBTQ+ folks, new mothers, First Nations, Metis and Inuit and other vulnerable groups. 

What's inside?

Click here for a preview of what’s inside the Up Your Life guide! 

Order bulk copies

For non-profit organizations requiring larger quantities of the guide, or to help support the initiative, please contact Jumol Royes at 905.898.6455 or toll free at 1.866.257.9776 ext. 2284 or via email at

History and background 

The Up Your Life guide has been assembled by individuals with lived-experience in the hopes that their collective information and personal stories can help others navigate through similar situations.

Despite their struggles, this group wanted to pay it forward by creating a community guidebook that would help other people find ways to thrive on a limited budget.

YSSN received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2017 to update the guidebook to reflect the changing and diverse population of York Region. We worked with community members and a group of community partners to revise the book so that it could be more reflective of the community’s unique journey.

More than 40,000 copies have helped community members connect to local services to date.

This YSSN project is funded by: 

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