Program Types: Community Wellness, Health Services, Resources,

About the project

Breaking The Ice (BTI) is a community engagement and outreach program focused on supporting people who use crystal meth in Toronto’s Downtown East. The team has a specific focus on understanding the needs and barriers faced by 2SLGBTQ+ people who use drugs.

Peer-led and rooted in principles of harm reduction and anti-violence, the team:

  • engages in regular street outreach,
  • develops resources pertinent to community needs, and
  • develops and delivers groups, workshops, and activities to both strengthen community capacity, as well as foster self-determination and agency in the folks we work with.

The BTI team also acts as a hub for referrals to case management, housing, mental and physical health services, and broadly supports diverse community needs for people who use drugs.


International Overdose Awareness Day (Toronto) 2021

Footage taken from various events surrounding International Overdose Awareness Day 2021 around Toronto.

Letters to Meth

Part of the first phase of BTI, ‘Letters to Meth’ is an artistic project that showcases the tensions, contradictions, triumphs, and struggles of our communities in their relationship to crystal meth. The aim of this piece – a collection of letters to meth – is to work towards reducing the pervasive stigma and shame surrounding methamphetamine use. The tool is available as a zine as well as in audio-visual form.

Download the Letters to Meth Zine (PDF version)

Crystal After-Care Resource Insert

This insert has been created for our crystal after-care kit that we hand out to our community members which also includes gum, lip balm, candy, rolling papers to help facilitate the cruel come-down of crystal meth. Read more here.


Breaking the Ice is funded by the Toronto Urban Health Fund. If you have questions or would like to know more, contact us at