Community Engagement

Community Development is a process whereby community members come together to take collective action and find solutions to common problems. It pays particular attention to community members who face barriers and are at risk. It fosters collaboration to respond to local needs and basic rights such as:

  • Access to housing
  • Food security
  • Health and well being
  • Democratic process

To learn more about Community Development, please see the Guiding Principles for Community Development Practice.

If you are interested in community engagement, contact Carole at 613-830-4357, ext. 306 or

Rural Transportation Solutions (RTS)

While our Community Support Agencies are good at providing transportation for seniors and delivering Para Transpo within rural areas, they are not mandated to be a general transportation solution. Those who do not have access to a personal vehicle, depend heavily on family, friends, neighbours or expensive taxis. Rural transportation has been identified as a barrier to accessing services for the well-being of rural residents.

Rural Transportation Solutions (RTS) for Ottawa is a community-based team that proposes realistic, affordable and sustainable transportation options to help solve rural Ottawa’s transportation deficiencies. Residents want reliable, affordable solutions with fixed schedules and sensible routes.

To learn more and to get involved, visit their website and subscribe to the email list to receive updates on upcoming activities.

Rethinking Community Safety in Ottawa report examines how effectively policing is meeting community needs

In the wake of growing concerns in Canada and across North America about anti-Black racism, anti-Indigeneity, members of the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa (CCHRC) released the report, Rethinking Community Safety in Ottawa (pdf) 

The report looks at how effectively and efficiently policing is meeting community needs and producing outcomes that actually keep Ottawa safer. It also proposes how alternatives focused on support, not enforcement, can better meet those needs. Where policing is not proving to be an effective tool to produce greater safety, the report looks at other jurisdictions to see what alternatives are effective elsewhere. And, looks at Ottawa’s own capacities to see where we have the tools, and ready opportunities, to do better. The report offers clear options for city investments that can produce better outcomes for Ottawa than ongoing increases to the police budget.

Here is the press conference link:

In-Person groups open - Call to register - limited space available.

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Indigenous Beading Sessions - English. Free. Fridays - Via Zoom

  • Do you want to connect with your Indigenous roots?  Beading is a great way to practice our ancestral art form.  Beading heals, teaches patience and perseverance.  Beading is medicine;
  • Weekly sessions offered by Indigenous Roots Orleans/Ottawa East;
  • Beginner to Advanced;
  • Free supply kits available for pick-up in Orléans or use your own supplies;
  • Adults, youth and children (with parental assistance);
  • Fridays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm; and
  • For more information, check the events tab on Indigenous Roots Orleans/Ottawa East’s Facebook page or email




  • Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdoes;
  • You can come to the Centre to get a nasal kit (max 2 kits per visit);
  • No ID, name or contact information required to receive a kit;
  • A quick information session with an Intake Woker is required before receiving the kit;
  • For more information, contact the Centre at 613-830-4357.

City For All Women Initiative (Cawi)

City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) is a unique collaboration of women from diverse communities, organizations, and academia working with municipal decision makers to create a more inclusive city and promote gender equality.

A 2022 City of Ottawa Budget for All: Community Asks and Background Document November 2021

Every year we advocate for budget priorities that reflect the needs of community members and which, if followed, would increase equity for those who are marginalized in our City, including women and gender diverse individuals, disabled individuals, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous and Black people and people of colour, and those living on low incomes.

To find out more about the organization and their events, click here.

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