Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

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This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is a multi-service agency providing life-changing programs and services to youth across Ottawa. Each month, we serve more than 3,000 young people and their families in the areas of housing, community services, mental health, employment and youth justice. With the support of our community, we have helped change the lives of tens of thousands of young people so they may lead independent, healthy, and stable lives. 

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
YSB offers a range of mental health services for young people in crisis and their families.

At a glance

Year founded: 1960

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $28,995,924

Top funding sources: 

  • Government: 93%
  • Individual donations: 3%
  • Corporate donations: 3%
  • % of total funding from endowments: 0%
  • Other charities: 0.5%
  • Other sources: 0.5%

Fundraising priorities: Our fundraising priorities are focused on two major challenges for youth in our community: affordable housing and mental health. We are raising funds to support vital services such as our emergency youth shelters, our Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic, our 24/7 Crisis Line, and our downtown Youth Drop-In Centre, among others. YSB is also working with the community with construction now underway on our new Youth Housing Hub at 2887 Riverside Drive. It will provide supportive housing and a complete range of support services for at-risk and once-homeless youth in Ottawa.

How you can help


The future of our community begins with our young people. Providing youth with support, resources, and opportunities ensures that they not only are able to meet their needs today, it means they are able to achieve their goals tomorrow. The support from our corporate partners, individuals and foundations means that YSB is able to provide critical services to youth that helps them meet their physical, emotional, and psychological needs. 


YSB offers individuals, corporations and groups meaningful volunteer opportunities that help us continue to improve the lives of young people in Ottawa.

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YSB's SleepOUT for Youth event held each year at The Stadium at TD Place.

Programming and community outreach

SleepOUT for Youth

Taking place on Dec. 6, 2018 at The Stadium at TD Place, community members, families and corporate teams will spend a night sleeping out on the stadium field to raise funds and awareness for housing and support programs for homeless youth that are offered by YSB. This will be the seventh Annual SleepOUT event, which last year welcomed close to 675 participants and raised $251,000.

Mind Matters

The Mind Matters event series provides practical youth mental health information and guidance to parents, family members, educators and the community. The goal of the series is to share experiences and learnings, and to understand strategies to foster healthy resilient young people. Mind Matters highlights and supports youth mental health services offered by YSB.

Youth Housing Hub

To address the need for additional affordable housing for at-risk youth in Ottawa, YSB – together with the community – is currently constructing a new Youth Housing Hub at 2887 Riverside Drive. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, this new 39-unit building will not only provide some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable youth with stable housing, it will also offer a complete range of support services including mental health counselling, employment services, health care, support for substance abuse and more. These services will be provided by YSB and other community partners.

Board members and executives

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Patti Murphy, Executive Director, YSB Charitable Foundation (left), and Scott Lawrence, Chair, YSB Foundation Board of Directors

Charles Bordeleau
Past Chair
Chief, Ottawa Police Services 

Bruce Millar

Kevin Cinq-Mars
President, Tomlinson Group of Companies

Michael Weider
CEO, Clearwater Clinical Limited

Isabelle Perreault 
President and Founder, Differly

Andrew Arnott
Regional Vice President, Business Financial Services, Ontario North and East, RBC

Dr. Neda Amani
Medical Director and Program Founder, The Real You

Kirpa Grewal
Student, Community Organizer, Carleton University

Christopher Rheaume
Inspector, Ottawa Police Services

Julie Taggart
Vice President, Leasing and Operations, Taggart Realty

Adrian Sciarra
Senior Vice President, Sports Business Operations, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group

Tanya Woods
Founder, Kind Village

Isabelle Perreault 
President and Founder, Differly

Alan J. Tippett
Partner, Director of US Tax Advisory Services, Welch LLP

Raylene Lang-Dion
Community Activist and Feminist

Kerry Patterson-Baker

Get in touch

2675 Queensview Dr.
Ottawa, ON
K2B 8K2

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