The Ottawa Mission

The Ottawa Mission has been helping people who are homeless and hungry in our community since 1906.
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The Ottawa Mission has been helping people who are homeless and hungry in our community since 1906. Even back then – 111 years ago – our community saw people on the margins - some in temporary crisis and others with lifelong struggles. Today, with the help of a small trained staff and a dedicated army of volunteers, The Ottawa Mission prepares and serves an average of 1307 meals a day, shelters an average of 220 men every night, and provides a wide range of life-changing programs.

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The front door of The Ottawa Mission at 35 Waller Street is open 24/7 for people who are homeless or hungry. Thanks to generous donors, our services are available 365 days a year.


Info at-a-glance

Year founded


Total revenue for last fiscal year


Geographic region of focus

Ottawa Region

How you can help


A corporate donation to The Ottawa Mission is an investment in the lives of people in need. We value our corporate partners and the critical role they play, and work with them to direct their gift toward an area of need that aligns with their values and/or mandate. Through corporate donations we are able to expand our programs to impact more individuals, and increase opportunities for those who use our services to improve their situation. As a corporate partner of The Ottawa Mission you can give back to your community and also provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for your employees.

Our funding priorities change from year to year depending on the operational needs of the shelter and the needs of those staying with us. The operation and maintenance of the buildings that house an average of 220 people every night present some challenging costs. As well, funds are sometimes needed to expand programs offered at The Ottawa Mission - like addiction treatment programs - as often there are waiting lists to access these programs.


A great way to help make a difference in the lives of people in need is to volunteer at The Ottawa Mission. The Mission not only supports volunteer
opportunities for groups, but we also have many dedicated individuals who support us on a regular basis. There are many volunteer opportunities, such as helping with food prep for meals in our kitchen; organizing clothing donations; or tutoring someone at The Mission’s Stepping Stones Learning Centre. On average, 250 individuals a week volunteer at the shelter and together, they have a huge impact on the quality of services offered to people who are homeless and hungry. We are always seeking volunteers to join our team.

If you are interested in having your place of work involved with The Ottawa Mission, please contact Bianca Oran,

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The front door of The Ottawa Mission at 35 Waller Street is open 24/7 for people who are homeless or hungry. Thanks to generous donors, our services are available 365  days a year.

Events and fundraising

Coldest Night of the Year

February 24, 2018 CNOY is a walk-fundraiser that raises money for the hungry and homeless across Canada, including Ottawa.  Participants will experience challenges faced by those who are homeless, while raising funds to support The Ottawa Mission.

Holiday meal campaigns

The Ottawa Mission carries out three holiday meal campaigns a year, with the focus on raising sufficient funds to provide people in the community who are hungry or homeless with a holiday dinner at a special event in our dining room. Those campaigns run during the  Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter seasons. Any additional funds raised through these seasonal dinner campaigns are used to support the hundreds of meals served through the rest of the year, as well as the other life-changing programs and services we offer to people in need.

Summer fundraising campaign

In addition to our three holiday campaigns, we also hold a fundraising campaign just before the summer when donations begin to decrease dramatically. This allows us to continue to offer support and programs to people in need during the summer months.

Board members and executive director

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Peter Tilley, Executive Director


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Garth Steele, President, Board of Directors

Garth Steele, Chartered professional accountant and partner at Welch LLP
Matt Triemstra, Director with Ensight Canada
Margaret Alexander, Chartered Professional Accountant at McKechnie & Co.
Scott Hannant, Carleton University Professor /President of Hannant Media Solutions
John Pallascio, Senior Legal Counsel, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Bombardier Inc.
Michael Pallett, Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, Lead Minister at Parkdale United Church
Dr. Robert Cushman, Former Senior Medical Advisor at Health Canada and the Director General of the Biologics and Genetic Therapies
Directorate & former Medical Officer of Health, City of Ottawa
Gord Lorimer, Architect, Partner at Hobin Architecture Inc.
Jack Murta, Former Member of Parliament, Coordinator of the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
Jennifer Parr,  Director at Halftime Canada and Co-Founder of Leadership that Matters”
Lynn Plunkett, Owner of Lynn Plunkett & Associates Marketing
Carl DeJong, Detective, Ottawa Police Service
Paul McKechnie, Partner, McKechnie & Co. Chartered Accountants

Get in touch

35 Waller Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7G4

Twitter: @OttawaMission
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