our history

the Cadbury family legacy
Barbara Cadbury moved from London, England to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1940. With her, she brought not only her husband George and two daughters, but also a wealth of experience garnered from being the youngest borough councilor in the City of London. Barbara quickly integrated herself into the Canadian political arena, becoming the first woman elected to a cooperative board in Canada.


Barbara’s vision of bringing people together to shore up support for family planning and women’s health caused her to leave her duties in the Saskatchewan Cooperative Movement. In 1951, Barbara refocused her energies and began advocating for birth control and women’s health as the editor of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s magazine. In 1954, Barbara and her husband, George Cadbury, began revolutionizing the field of family planning at an international level. With the support of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the Cadburys succeeded in helping organize a Family Planning Association of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and assisted in founding the Family Planning Association of Jamaica. In recognition of the Cadburys’ boundless passion and inspirational achievements, in 1960 the IPPF appointed both Barbara and George as special representatives of the president and governing body.


In 1961, outraged by the arrest of Toronto Pharmacist Harold Fine (who had been arrested for providing information on contraception), the Cadburys organized the first meeting of the Planned Parenthood Association of Toronto.


The Cadburys led a massive media campaign to amend the criminal code and, in 1969, the dissemination of birth control became legal. Following this success, PPT became a registered charitable organization and began to create programs that provided direct sexual health services.


And after…


In 1975, PPT’s partnership with the Bay Centre for Birth Control began. Today, the partnership still exists, as the satellite office of PPT’s Women’s Programming. In 1983, The House Teen Health Centre for youth ages 13 to 25 opened it doors. It became a licensed Community Health Centre in 1990. Now, as Planned Parenthood Toronto Health Services, we offer a full range of health services, including primary health, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health services for youth ages 13 to 29. In 1993, the Teen Sex InfoLine accepted its first phone call on its peer-based information support line. In 2001, the TSI expanded its services with the launch of a new website for teens, Spiderbytes.ca, providing 24-hour a day answers to frequently asked questions about sexual health for youth. In 1998, PPT adopted the Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.) program, a small, peer-led anti-homophobia project from East End Community Health Centre. The program is now very well-known in Toronto, having won a number of awards and distinctions. In the last few years, PPT has undertaken a number of consultations to further our knowledge of the state of sexual health in Toronto, and we have initiated new programs to increase our capacity to provide programming to meet the needs of the people of Toronto.