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Update to the community

from the Boards of

Halton Family Services and Access Counselling & Family Services

September 1, 2015

We are pleased to bring you an update on the progress of the merger between Halton Family Services and Access Counselling & Family Services. Our Boards have been working diligently to prepare for a merger on October 1, 2015. You will find below a brief update on the various components of the merger.

Vision and Identity

The Boards of Directors share a vision of the newly formed agency. By coming together, we will:

  1. enhance, develop and expand our comprehensive range of services;
  2. maximize our capacity to meet the changing needs of clients, funders and the community
  3. increase the Agency’s financial capacity, viability and sustainability;
  4. provide stable employment and interesting opportunities for our dedicated staff;
  5. strengthen the profile of the Agency in the Region.

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Thank you for visiting the Web site of Halton Family Services. Each year, almost 3,000 individuals, couples and families come to us for help in coping with life’s problems. Our staff of professional counsellors is equipped to deal with almost any type of problem that people encounter. Our United Way funding and government funding insure that cost will not be a barrier to anyone who wants service. Please know that we are committed to making your experience at Halton Family Services as pleasant and helpful as possible. If you have special needs, do not hesitate to indicate them when you call for service.


Halton Family Services was established in 1954 by a group of Oakville citizens who felt there was a need for a professional, not-for-profit counselling service in the community to help individuals, couples and families. Beginning with one part-time social worker, and a budget of $5,000, the agency today has offices in each of Halton's four municipalities, and a regular staff of twenty three (plus group leaders). Highly trained clinical staff, all of whom have a masters of social work degree or the equivalent, provide a wide variety of counselling to more than 2,500 individuals, couples and families a year. Our Credit Counselling program helps hundreds of individuals and families each year to find solutions to their financial problems.

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Halton Family Services is equipped to deal with a wide range of individual, couple and family issues. These issues include, but are not limited to:

If the professional counsellors at Halton Family Services cannot provide exactly what a client needs, we can refer you to another resource for that help.

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