The Up Your Life guide (formerly the York Region on a Limited Budget 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 edition has been revised to reflect changes to services due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and is sorted into sections that address issues like food and food insecurity, shelter and housing support, clothing and furniture and much more.

It features 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. 

"Seeking support can present a serious challenge when you're struggling, especially for those of us who are members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We sometimes require specialized services that are unique to our lived experiences, but are often hard to find. 

I know firsthand what it's like to feel isolated and excluded, as well as the frustration of scrolling through various websites and making phone calls to countless organizations hoping to find the right resources to help me cope. I wish I had known about the Up Your Life guide back then; it would have made a big difference. But what I know for sure today is this: Should I find myself struggling in the future, there's a resource I can turn to that will help me find support. And now you know it, too. I hope it serves you well." - J.R.

 History and background

York Region on a Limited Budget was inspired by a group of individuals who wondered how they could eat and live better, but do so inexpensively. A committee was formed by people who were living on limited incomes. They were given an opportunity to research options for stretching one's budget. In 1997, York Region on a Limited Budget was published as a result of their work.

Since the initial production, York Support Services Network (YSSN) undertook the task of updating and printing several revised editions of this booklet, often with the assistance of consumers. Ever growing in popularity, this booklet garnered the interest and generous support of valued community partners. 

In 2017, YSSN received support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to update this guidebook so that it better reflects the changing and diverse population of York Region. YSSN partnered with community members and people with lived experiences, alongside a group of community partners, to revise this book so that it is  more inclusive and reflective of our community. 

 Previous editions

 Up Your Life Guide 2019 Cover 

2019 Cover - Special Limited Edition


York Region on a Limited Budget 2017 Cover

2017 Cover


York Region on a Limited Budget 2014 Cover

2014 Cover


York Region on a Limited Budget 2011 Cover

2011 Cover

What's inside the Up Your Life guide?

Preview what's inside the guide here (PDF) 

Place your order

For individual or bulk orders, call 905.898.6455 or toll free at 1.866.257.9776 ext. 2284, or email  

This YSSN project is funded by: 

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