For emergency requests for services during regular office hours, contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Social Development.
Weekdays – 4:30 p.m. to 8:15 a.m.
On weekends and holidays when regional offices are closed, emergency requests for services can be made 24-hours per day.
The following toll-free numbers can be used from anywhere in Canada:
1-833-SDDStel (1-833-733-7835) 1-800-442-9799
Social workers will receive intakes, carry out assessments, make initial decisions on providing telephone crisis counselling, refer people to the appropriate regional office and/or arrange for financial assistance for special items.