The Up Your Life guide, a collection of more than 400 community resource listings, tips, and other helpful information for people living in York Region, is now available as a free, downloadable PDF to anyone who needs it. The guide is also available in French.

Up Your Life guide cover

The digital guide has direct links to websites and phone numbers for York Region community resources embedded within the directory, making it easy to navigate for people who are seeking services or need support.

The guide serves as a handy companion to Up Hub, York Region’s go-to digital and print community resource navigator for local services in mental health, addictions, and developmental disabilities. It's also a peer-based platform for people to share their stories and uplifting experiences to help others.

With listings for food banks and pantries, emergency shelters and housing, clothing and furniture and much more, the Up Your Life guide is designed to connect people in York Region who need support to vital local services and resources. The updated edition has been revised to reflect changes to services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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

Get your free copy of the digital guide today!

English edition

Download the English edition of the Up Your Life guide here.

French edition

Download the French edition of the Up Your Life guide here

Place your order

Print copies of the guide are still available for a small charge. 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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