Abortion Providers in the GTA
Where can I get an abortion?
- Where you go for an abortion in Toronto will depend on how long you have been pregnant and what kind of procedure you choose (see chart below).
- For hospital procedures past 14 weeks, 3 days GA and up to 24 weeks GA, London Health Sciences Centre Pregnancy Options Program in London, Ontario (519-685-8204) may be able to assist.
- Abortions past 24 weeks GA may require travel to the U.S. The National Abortion Federation (1-877-257-0012, prochoice.org) can help with referrals and sometimes costs.
Where can I get a referral to an abortion provider?
- You do not need a referral to get an abortion. To make an appointment at a free-standing clinic, you can call the clinic directly. To make an appointment at a hospital in the GTA, you must first contact the Bay Centre for Birth Control [Link].
- You can call Teen Health Source at 416-961-3200 if you would like to speak with someone about finding abortion service providers in your neighbourhood.
What are my options for having an abortion?
- There are three different types of places where you can get an abortion in the GTA:
- A hospital
- The Bay Centre for Birth Control
- A free-standing clinic
- The main difference among these options is that hospital abortions use general anesthetic (you will be asleep) during the procedure. The Bay Centre for Birth Control and free-standing clinics use local anesthetic to numb your uterus (you will be awake).
What should I expect if I have an abortion at a free-standing clinic in Toronto?
- Surgical procedures at these clinics use local anesthetic. This means that only your pelvic area is numbed (frozen) and you will stay awake for the procedure.
- Some clinics are open on weekends.
- Some clinics may require fewer appointments than a hospital abortion.
- Some clinics may have people protesters outside. If you are concerned, call the clinic for more information.
What should I expect if I have an abortion at the Bay Centre for Birth Control (BCBC)?
- The BCBC offers surgical abortions if you are under 8 weeks pregnant and medical abortions if you are under 9 weeks pregnant.
- For a surgical procedure, you will have an assessment appointment and then you will return later for the procedure.
- Surgical procedures here use local anesthetic. This means that only your pelvic area is numbed (frozen) and you will stay awake for the procedure.
- Call 416-351-3700 for details.
What should I expect if I have an abortion at a hospital in Toronto?
- If you want to have your abortion at a hospital, you must first contact the Bay Centre for Birth Control (BCBC) to have it arranged.
- You will be given general anesthesia at a hospital. This means you’ll be asleep for the procedure.
- You will have a 3 hour assessment appointment at the BCBC that may include a vaginal* ultrasound, a physical, blood work, and counselling.
- The BCBC will tell you when your abortion will be and which hospital you’ll go to.
- If you have specific health conditions, the BCBC may refer you to a specialist called a gynecologist.
- Because you may be groggy from being put to sleep, most hospitals will require you to bring someone with you (friend, partner, etc.) to help you get home.
How much does an abortion cost?
- If you have a valid Ontario health card (Ontario Health Insurance Plan/OHIP), medical abortions and surgical abortions at freestanding clinics and hospitals are fully covered.
- If you have a University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP), Interim Federal Health (IFH), or Canadian Military Insurance (DND) abortions are covered, but you may have to pay up front and get reimbursed.
- If you have private insurance check with your provider if they cover abortion procedures and/or medications. If they do, you may have to pay up front and get reimbursed.
- If you have a valid health card from another Canadian province and you go to a freestanding clinic, you will have to pay for your abortion on the day of the procedure, but you may be able to get part or all of the money reimbursed by your province. Call the province’s health insurance plan office to find out if your province gives reimbursement for out-of-province abortions and ask the clinic for the documents you need to submit. If you go to a hospital you may be able to use your province’s health card.
- Some clinics have admin fees on top of what’s covered by health cards or other insurance (see chart, pg. 4).
- Without insurance (or before reimbursement), surgical abortions at freestanding clinics can be $300-$2300 depending on gestational age (GA), clinic, and type. Earlier procedures typically cost $300-$500 plus any admin fees.
- Without insurance (or before reimbursement), medical abortions can cost $300-$460 for the medication, plus any visit/admin fees.
- If you don’t have insurance and want a hospital procedure, contact the BCBC (416-351-3700) (up to14 weeks, 3 days GA) or the London Health Sciences Centre Pregnancy Options Program (519-685-8204) (up to 24 weeks GA) for more info about costs.
- Some clinics have funds to help pay for abortions—call the clinic you’re going to or PPT for more info. If you are getting this kind of funding you may still have to pay administrative fees.
- If you need to travel to get an abortion, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (sexualhealthandrights.ca, 1-888-642-2725), or the National Abortion Federation (1-877-257-0012, prochoice.org) can sometimes help with costs.
Fees may change from this list. You can call the individual clinics to confirm their fees and policies before booking with them.
Differences in surgical abortion procedures by location:
abortion at BCBC
|surgical abortion in freestanding clinic in Toronto|
|how far along in pregnancy (gestational age)||up to 8 weeks||4 weeks to 14 weeks + 3 days||4 to 24 weeks|
|intake appointment||at the BCBC||at the BCBC||at freestanding clinic|
|procedure same day as intake appointment?||abortion procedures are done on specific days of the week when an operating room is reserved
these may or may not be the same day as the intake
|abortion procedure is on another day at a hospital in downtown Toronto
some health conditions may require an additional appointment
|for earlier pregnancies, you may have the abortion procedure on the same day|
|suction||suction is provided manually by a syringe connected to a flexible plastic tube||suction is provided by a small machine||suction provided by a syringe or a small machine depending on GA & clinic|
|anesthetic and medication||local anesthetic and oral pain/relaxation medication
(you are awake for the procedure)
(you are asleep/unconscious for the procedure)
|local anesthetic and intravenous (conscious) sedation and pain medication
(you are awake for the procedure)
Freestanding Clinics in the Greater Toronto Area
Choice in Health
302 Gerrard St E
(Gerrard & Parliament)
*requires parental consent for clients under 16
The Morgentaler Clinic
|Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic
403 – 2425 Bloor St W
(Bloor & Jane)
|Women’s Care Clinic
501-960 Lawrence Ave W
(Dufferin & Lawrence)
|Dr. Kathy Chu
200-371 Neilson Rd
(Neilson & Sheppard)
Mississauga Woman’s Clinic
|Brampton Women’s Clinic
2250 Bovaird Dr E, Suite 602
(Torbram & Bovaird)
|Bay Centre for Birth Control (BCBC)
76 Grenville St, 3rd floor in Women’s College Hospital
(Bay & College)
If you live outside the Toronto area, call Teen Health Source at 416-961-3200 for information on locating a provider closer to you.
For a downloadable resource on this topic, please visit Planned Parenthood Toronto Factsheet Database.
If you have questions about this topic, feel free to contact one of our peer educators. [Link]
*We know that these aren’t the words everyone uses for their bodies (eg. trans folks), and support you using the language that feels best for you.