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 LGBTQ2S 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.