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Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Society of Saint Vincent de Pail logo.
Society of Saint Vincent de Pail logo.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) has been active in Ottawa since 1864. Its role is to serve and aid persons in need in all possible ways making no distinctions of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions. 

In Ottawa there are 17 geographical points of contact, known as conferences representing 23 Catholic parishes. The Ottawa area conferences assisted 3,288 persons in need during 2020 through home visits. Most of the people assisted are living below the poverty line and struggling with their essential needs. They are the poorest of the poor in Ottawa. 

Twinning, the international approach of SSVP, aims to partner and financially support poor conferences in developing countries; Ottawa has been successful in helping SSVP conferences in Haiti and Nicaragua.

At a glance:

Year founded: 1880

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,546,454

Facebook: /saintvincentthriftstore/

Top funding sources:

  • Donations from parishioners, churches: 80%
  • Donations from other church organizations: 10%
  • Other donations: 10%

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

How you can help

Volunteers wearing masks pack food into plastic bags for those in need.


Donations are critical for providing help to persons in need. You can make a financial donation by clicking on the following donation portal:

As part of the circular economy with the community, to donate clothes, furniture or household items, visit any of our three thrift stores or drop your donations in one of our many bins located throughout the city.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation. They help in our drop-in centres, soup kitchen, food banks and thrift stores. They carry out our home visits and provide the support for our special projects, including our housing initiative, North of 60 project, twinning projects, clothing, and food drives. You can volunteer by sending an email to

Events and fundraising

A group of women circle around a table, making sandwiches.

Donate funds at the National website,

Donate clothing / furniture at our stores located at:

  • 1273 Wellington St. W
  • 1620 Merivale Rd.
  • 2950 Bank St. Ottawa

or at the many bin locations throughout the city.

Our Ottawa thrift stores:

Making an online purchase at our Ottawa thrift stores: https:

Our Ottawa and National Conferences https:

Board members and executives

Two headshots of two men, both older with white hair.

Bryan De Pape


Ottawa Central Council

Bernie Hartlin

Treasurer, Ottawa Central Council

Solange Fortin 


Gary Knight    


Bernie Hartlin


Pierre Hubert

Past President

Dan Therrien:  

President, St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc.

Claire Heal


Get in touch

308-207 Bank St.

Ottawa, Ont.

K2P 2N2