By | November 7, 2019

Greater Toronto Al-Anon Information Services (GTAIS)

What is GTAIS?

The Greater Toronto Al-Anon Information Services (or GTAIS, for short) provides a forum for the Al-Anon and Alateen groups within the Toronto geographic area to exchange and share information. GTAIS also offers a variety of services to Al-Anon members and the community such as:

  • To contact GTAIS concerning their meeting list call: 1 (416) 410-3809 or 1 (888) 425-2666
  • Al-Anon Telephone Book Listings
  • Telephone Answering Service
  • Post Office Box
  • Information on Conferences, Group Anniversaries, etc.
  • Greater Toronto Al-Anon Family Groups Public Outreach
  • Greater Toronto Al-Anon Day

AIS is the Al-Anon equivalent of AA’s Intergroup Services.

What Areas Does GTAIS Serve?

GTAIS serves the Al-Anon and Alateen groups in:

District 16 – Mississauga
Mississauga, Oakville, Port Credit

District 17 – Peel, Halton
Acton, Bolton, Bramalea, Brampton, Erin, Georgetown, Milton, Woodbridge

District 18 – GTA North
Aurora, Beaverton, Bradford, Keswick, King City, Newmarket, Orangeville, Stouffville, Sutton West, Tottenham

District 19 – Toronto North
Don Mills, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Toronto, Willowdale

District 20 – Toronto West
Etobicoke, Toronto, Weston

District 21 – Toronto Central

District 22 – Scarborough
Agincourt, Markham, Scarborough, Toronto, Unionville

District 23 – Lakeshore
Ajax, Bowmanville, Orono, Oshawa, Pickering, Port Perry, Whitby

Please navigate to our Meeting List Page to download the latest version of the GTA-meeting list.

What Services Does GTAIS Provide?

GTAIS provides services as suggested in the Al-Anon Service Manual:

  • Provides Meeting Lists for all Al-Anon and Alateen groups in the area.

    We all know what a lifesaver meetings are! We are grateful there are approx. 80 meetings held weekly in the area we serve.
  • Maintains Al-Anon Listings in the white pages of various telephone books.

    Telephone book listings are helpful both for potential new Al-Anon members and for out-of-town members looking for a meeting when travelling to our area.
  • Manages the Al-Anon Telephone Answering Service.

    Answers calls from people seeking information about the Al-Anon or Alateen program or about meeting locations.

    Many members finally try our program after speaking with a sympathetic Al-Anon telephone volunteer who understands their pain and the frustration of living with an alcoholic friend or relative.
  • Maintains an AL-ANON POSTOFFICE BOX to receive any Al-Anon mail for our area. You can write to us at:

    Greater Toronto AIS,
    PO Box 75094
    20 Bloor St., East
    Toronto, ON M4W 3T3

    Or you can e-mail us at gtais.updates@gmail.com

With Whom Does GTAIS Exchange Information?

  • Al-Anon Groups
    Information flow is a two-way street between GTAIS and the groups. Groups exchange information about gratitude meetings, conferences and group anniversaries at GTAIS meetings.

    Most Al-Anon members experience this service first-hand when they hear announcements about upcoming events at their own meetings.

    Groups also provide feedback to GTAIS through the GTAIS Representative, when necessary.For example, your GTAIS Representative will inform GTAIS of any changes to your meeting information (day, time, location, etc).
  • GTAIS Public Outreach(GTAISPO), although an autonomous group, keeps GTAIS informed of their activities.

    When needed, GTAISPO asks GTAIS for volunteers.

When Does GTAIS Meet?

September: 2nd TuesdayOctober to December and February to June: 1st Tuesday

(No meetings in January, July and August.)

New GTAIS Meeting Location:
St. Ansgar Lutheran Church
1498 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5N 2J1

Southwest corner of Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue West
Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and run to 9 p.m.
Parking is on the South side of the church.
Entrance is on the South side of the church; downstairs to the basement meeting room.

The Greater Toronto Al Anon Information Service Public Outreach (GTAISPO) group holds a separate meeting at the same time (and in a separate meeting area) at the same location.

Who May Attend a GTAIS Meeting?

Any Al-Anon or Alateen member may attend GTAIS meetings, but only the designated GTAIS Representative from your group can vote.

How Can I Become My Group’s GTAIS Representative?

At your group’s next business meeting ask when the position will be available – your group probably already has a GTAIS Rep! Groups may select either the Alternate Group Representative (as suggested by the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual) or anyone with one year of Al-Anon or Alateen membership.

How Long is the Term?

The AIS Service Manual recommends the member serve one year as Alternate GTAIS Representative, followed by one year as GTAIS Representative. Most groups, however, are flexible.

A great way to ‘learn’ through service!