Here at the University of Toronto we believe that your family care responsibilities should never take away from your university experience. Across its three campuses the University is dedicated to supporting students with family commitments, aiding them in successfully completing their studies while caring for family members and themselves. The Family Care Office understands the uniqueness of every family situation, and so offers a peer mentorship program as well as a variety of workshops to assist you in all of your transitions while at UofT.

Caring for a newborn, kids, a partner, siblings, and/or the elderly? We're here to help.

New Student Parents

Our BECOMING A PARENT link provides you with all the information you need as a new student parent at the university. Undergraduate? Graduate? Learn about leave-taking from: work, school, and/or research grants, as well as about employment insurance benefits you may be applicable to receive. Also, register for our students with family responsibilities orientation on September 7th!

General Tips and Support

Check out Strategies for Success to gain insight as to how to find or BE a peer mentor, how to balance student and family life, for video tips, and to hear about students just like you! Don't forget, we're always here to help. Contact us via Facebook, Twitter, email, or in person.

The Family Care Office also offers an orientation for students with family responsibilities in early September! Make sure you register to discover family friendly spaces on campus, learn about resources, and to meet other student parents and University staff.

International Student Families and Tri-Campus International Student Centres

International student families have so many things to think of as they enter into UofT campus life. Not only are you entering a new city, but a new country as well. Our International Student Families section provides information regarding pregnancy support in Ontario, childcare possibilities, public school enrolment for kids, University health coverage, and both on and off campus housing.

Each of our three campuses have great centres dedicated to international students that offer help with things like family visas, settling in, and immigration advising. Students at the St. George campus should check out the Centre for International Experience, while those who'll be joining the University of Toronto Mississauga can stop by UTM's International Education Centre. Soon to be a part of UofT's Scarborough campus? Don't pass up their International Student Centre.

Student and Family Health Care

Our health insurance section provides information on Ontario's free provincial health plan (OHIP) as well Toronto Public Health's free home-visiting program (eligibility-based). This page also shares info on international students' mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP), as well as contacts for the Undergraduate, Part-Time Undergraduate, and Graduate students' unions should you desire to extend your insurance coverage to your family as well.

NOTE: It is essential that you contact your student union (International, Undergrad, Part-Time Undergrad, or Grad) within 30 days of medical insurance registration should you wish for your family to be covered by your plan as well.


Student Parent News

The Family Care Office is looking for volunteers to sit on its Student Advisory Committee

The Family Care Office (FCO) has a Student Advisory Committee that meets 3 times during the academic year (usually in November, January and then in March).

This committee has been useful as a way for our office to hear directly from students about our service and programming. It has also been an opportunity for students with family responsibilities to provide feedback on their experiences as U of T students.

The committee's role has been:

  • To provide advice and recommendations for improvement on services currently offered by the FCO
  • To provide advice on the outreach efforts of the office
  • To assist in identifying new programs and initiatives for the FCO
  • To comment on the policies of the Family Care Office and the university policies related to family issues.
  • To identify future directions and potential areas for growth.

If you would have an interest in joining this committee, please email Kaye Francis, Manager, with your name, year and level of study, and brief outline of your family responsibilities.

As we hope to have a diverse representation of the student population on the committee, we may not be able to accept all of the volunteer applications.