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Child, Youth and Family Services Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Gender Identity Service

Gender identity refers to a person’s basic sense of self as a male or a female. Some children and adolescents are unhappy being a boy or a girl.

We offer assessment and treatment and help children, youth, ages 3-18, and their families better understand a young person’s struggle with gender identity development and any related behavioural or emotional problems. We also assess adolescents who are concerned about being sexually aroused by cross-dressing.

We also offer consultation to other professionals (physicians, psychologists, social workers, teachers and other health care workers) locally, across Canada and in the United States.

Children and youth from anywhere in Canada are eligible for assessment. We accept referrals from any health care professional, parent or youth aged 16 and older.

Our assessments begin with a telephone interview and then involve several visits to our office. During these appointments we interview the family together and the parents alone. We also give the child or adolescent psychological tests. At the end of the assessment, we give parents feedback about their child or adolescent, and make recommendations for treatment if needed.

Visits are spaced apart, usually over a period of one to two months for people living in Toronto. Families from outside the Greater Toronto Area are seen for an intensive two-day assessment.

Our assessments are covered by all provincial health insurance plans, including OHIP. Medical costs are covered by the province where the child and family live. Some provinces may also pay some travel costs.

Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Referral Required: No

To access the service please contact Access CAMH, the centralized intake service at CAMH.  Access CAMH ensures the right patient gets to the right place at the right time.

Access CAMH contact 416-535-8501, press 2

New referrals can be faxed to Access CAMH 416-979-6815 using the referral form below.

CAMH Referral Form (PDF)

Location: 80 Workman Way - CAMH Queen Street site between Shaw Street and Ossington Avenue

CAMH Switchboard 416-535-8501
CAMH General Information Toronto: 416-595-6111 Toll Free: 1-800-463-6273
Connex Ontario Help Lines
Queen St.
1001 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON
M6J 1H4
Russell St.
33 Russell St.
Toronto, ON
M5S 2S1
College St.
250 College St.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1R8
Eight offices across Ontario