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Intnl.: Canada

Do you have a resource or any other information at all to share in Canada?
Please post about it in the comment section below, thank you!

Animal Hoarding:

We aren’t aware of any specialized resources in Canada for animal hoarding right now, but below are good sources of US information that may help helpful:



Assessment & Measurement Tools:



Authority in the U.S. for Information about Hoarding Disorder:





Cleaning Companies-Hoarded Environments:

British Columbia:

  • TSCU, Ltd.
    Serving all of British Columbia
  • Hoarding Clean Up
    Hoarding Clean Up was founded by Brian Woronuik, a professional firefighter and ex-military medic and founder of Trauma Scene Clean Up (TSCU) British Columbia’s premier biohazardous cleaning company. Brian and his team have been providing hoarding clean up as part of TSCU’s services for 14 years – since the company began.





•Additional crisis cleaning/hoarding related
•Want to break into the hoarded home cleaning business?

•Hoarder Home Specialist Course







Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary

  • National Center on Elder Abuse: State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources-State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
  • National Association Senior Move Managers -Facilitates “the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, with a national referral network, for delivery of services with compassion and integrity.”


Elder & hoarding related info & news stories




Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:
Currently we don’t know of any specialized training in this area. Here’s what they are doing in Arizona though-hooray AZ!

Maricopa County firefighters practice battling fires in hoarder homes.
Watch the video.

Fire & safety hoarding related news stories


Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

Please also check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.



Professional Organizers:

Excerpt from: Professional Organizers & Hoarding Clients

  • by Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, LICSW

Professional organizers can provide important help for clients who are getting mental health treatment for hoarding. Very few mental health providers make home visits and even those who do can usually only provide limited visits (for example, once per month). Working with a professional organizer can give clients critical hands-on help with their hoarded items. Ideally, the professional organizer would contact the therapist and work with them to help the client’s hoarding symptoms.

Some professional organizers have specialized training in working with hoarding or related problems, such as chronic disorganization (CD). This specialized Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provides information about CD and trains professionals to work effectively with this problem. However, CD is not the same as hoarding because a person may be chronically disorganized without having hoarding (for example, because of current depression or attention deficit disorder). In contrast, most people who hoard do have CD. The ICD provides contact information for professional organizers with different levels of expertise in working with CD (www.challengingdisorganization.org). The National Association of Professional Organizers provides contact information for the broader group of professional organizers and also provides training opportunities.


The ICD offers a variety of resources to help both people who are challenged by chronic disorganization and the professionals who work with them:

  • The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer
  • The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people
  • The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations
  • The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD
  • The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.
  • Additional reading from the ICD

•Want to break into the organizing business & help hoarding clients?
•The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers
(BCPO®) (certifying body whose charter is to increase the professionalism of the organizing industry)



Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area



Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area



Manual for Facilitating a Support Group
from the IOCDF, if you’d like to start a group in your area!


Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:

We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area

Additional Information/Resources:



News Articles/Media:

Jan. 25, 2012
Buried alive: hoarders can’t help themselves
By: Darcy Wintonyk and Lynda Steele, ctvbc.ca
Hoarders forced to clean up their homes and throw out their possessions will suffer trauma and begin collecting again at an even faster rate, according to the City of Vancouver, which is struggling to deal with the issue.

Feb 10, 2012
Toronto, ON-Exits blocked in fire
Hoarding Danger; Several Exits Blocked in Fatal House Fire
TORONTO, ON – Last July, the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) released its report on a large fire at an apartment building at 200 Wellesley St. , in Toronto from September 2010. Fighting that blaze was especially difficult because the unit had been occupied by a hoarder and was jam-packed with junk. The fire forced the evacuation of 1,200 people for several weeks and injured 17. Community services personnel are beginning to realize that simply cleaning up the mess isn’t enough. It has to be a collaborative approach with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the city’s property standards staff, firefighters and more, Hoffmann said. “We can’t work in isolation,” she said.

Feb 10, 2012
‘I’m a gatherer’: The Experience of Compulsive Hoarding
EDMONTON, AL – Today, Haase and her two colleagues, Dr. Irene Coulson and Melissa Watkins, are gaining recognition for their research in compulsive hoarding. The trio examined the experience of people who hoard, and effective and innovative ways to treat the …

Vancouver tackles hoarding problem to prevent tragedy

CBC News
A Surrey, B.C., woman who admits she’s a compulsive hoarder says B.C. Housing is evicting her because of her compulsion, and she has nowhere else to go.

General hoarding related news articles in our archives/all areas, if you’d like to see how the reporting has changed (and readers comments) with all the recent awareness about Hoarding Disorder:

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Disclaimer re: all services/businesses/providers
The services, businesses, treatment providers and all others (as well as external links) listed do not mean a recommendation or endorsement by Children of Hoarders Inc. These listings are for sharing general knowledge on what is available only. All businesses and services should be carefully researched by consumers before entering in to any contract or any schedule of services what-so-ever. Children of Hoarders Inc. has no affiliation with any of the businesses or services listed, nor does it receive any commissions for services contracted by our site visitors. Children of Hoarders Inc. is not responsible for the business practices, services or fees, of anyone listed in these pages, or the content of any external links.

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