Today is 211 day across North America and Haliburton Highlands OPP is asking residents to make the right call. Calling 211 will give you information about our community, social and health services, as well as housing, employment and mental health agencies.

It’s a line that’s answered by a trained specialist, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents are encouraged to call the number for non-emergency calls, and save 911 for situations that require police, fire or ambulance services.

Police say knowing the right number will also help reduce inappropriate calls to 911.

A list of reasons to call 211, according to OPP are listed below:

  • Non-emergency police number
  • Walk in clinics
  • Mental Health help
  • Emergency shelters
  • Public health
  • Crisis services
  • Settlement help for newcomers
  • Youth drop-in programs
  • Emergency utility assistance
  • Disability support programs
  • Food banks
  • Caregiver support programs
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Services for domestic violence victims
  • Telehealth Ontario
  • Provincial and local helplines
  • Housing help centres
  • Child, youth and family counselling
  • Government services and assistance
  • Parenting programs

You can call 211 for more information, or go to their website by clicking here.