Rosalie Hall provides a comprehensive range of early intervention, prevention and treatment services meeting the needs of young families from Scarborough and across the Toronto Region.

Our Heritage

Rosalie Hall shares in a heritage of more than 150 years of service by the Misericordia Sisters to young single pregnant woman, their children, and families - serving Toronto Communities since 1914. We are part of an international family providing health and social services as a living expression of the compassionate mission of the Misericordia Sisters.

Our Vision

We envision young single women and men, their children and families leading healthy, meaningful and productive lives.

Our Mission

Rosalie Hall, with compassion and respect, assists young parents in need and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of community, residential, educational and child development services.

The History of Rosalie Hall

Rosalie Hall has served the Toronto communities for 97 years. In 1914, due to a lack of suitable maternity and infant care of single women and their children in Ontario, the Misericordia Sisters started the St. Mary's Infant Home on Bond Street. To accommodate the growing need for their services, the Sisters then purchased two properties on Jarvis Street. One became the St. Mary's Hospital and the other became a home for young mothers and their babes. The hospital was used for maternity care, but in 1925, was modified to accommodate medical and surgical treatments as well. In July of 1952, the Sisters purchased 28 acres of land at the corner of Lawrence Avenue and McCowan Road. In 1956, both the hospital and the home were moved to Scarborough, now known as The Scarborough Hospital and Rosalie Hall.

The Agency

Organizational Structure


In order to address the range of needs of young parents and their children, a number of other organizations deliver services in partnership and at Rosalie Hall:

  • Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre, Infant Child Treatment Program,
  • Coordinated residential services in cooperation with Humewood House, and Massey Centre for Women,
  • Jean Tweed Centre, Pathways to Healthy Families, addiction services,
  • Learning, Earning and Parenting with the City of Toronto,
  • Scarborough Agencies Sexual Abuse Treatment Program,
  • Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards,
  • Toronto Public Health, nutrition counselling,
  • Youth Outreach Worker Program with East Metro Youth Services,
  • Psychiatry and Treatment services in cooperation with The Scarborough Hospital,
  • Shared projects with Children's Mental Health Centres and Young Parent Centres
  • Diversity in Action - Scarborough
  • Central Table (Toronto Region MCYS)
  • City of Toronto
  • Service Canada
  • Community Care and Treatment Services with Massey Centre for Women, Humewood House and Jessies’s
  • The June Callwood Centre for Teenagers
  • Mothercraft and the Child and Youth Services Information System


It is upon the request of Bishop Ignace Bourget, that the Institute of the Misericordia Sisters was founded in Montréal, in 1848, by Mrs Rosalie Cadron-Jetté, a widow.

Since its foundation, the Institute has steadily developed, spreading out its services in Canada, the United States, in Africa for several years and now in South America.

Rosalie Cadron-Jetté daringly took up the challenge of creating this Institute in conditions of dire poverty and rejection from society.

Called to a specific ministry: helping single mothers during their pregnancy or after and their children and opening maternities to all women, the Misericordia Sisters were also gradually led to running general hospitals, besides homes for single mothers, up to 1967 when they decided to withdraw from the hospital field as a congregation.

The Misericordia Family includes the Misericordia Friends, Collaborators, Heritage Group, Prayer Friends, Twin Works, Private Vows, Group of Parents and "Miséricorde et Vie."

For more information please visit www.smisericorde.org


We are members of Ontchild/YPRO: Ontario Association of Child, Youth, and Young Parent Centres, working together to provide a comprehensive system of early intervention, prevention and treatment services meeting the needs of children, youth and young families across Ontario.

We are a children's mental health centre, accredited by Children's Mental Health Ontario which works to improve the mental health and well-being of children and youth and their families.

We are a member agency and accredited by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto.


Services are provided to our community without cost to young families through the generous support of:

  • Our Community and Corporate Donors
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Government of Ontario
  • Children's Services, City of Toronto
  • Service Canada, Government of Canada (Formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • ShareLife through Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto
  • The Misericordia Sisters

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