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The Ottawa Mission

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What we do

The Ottawa Mission is our city’s oldest and largest emergency shelter. Since 1906, we have been at the forefront of caring for people who are homeless and in need. We do this by providing the basic necessities of life, including nutritious food, safe shelter and warm clothing. We also do so much more than this — we help people regain their dignity, hope and purpose in life. 

Last year we served 938,218 meals (an increase from 727,903 the year before) and provided safely distanced shelter to 1,192 people. In the midst of the pandemic, the need has never been greater. We also provided people with addiction and trauma treatment, housing support, job training, mental health services, care at our medical and dental clinics, and end-of-life care at our hospice. More than a shelter, The Ottawa Mission provides a vital array of services to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. 

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  • Individuals: 57.70%
  • Government: 24.00%
  • corporate: 3.91%
  • Other charities: 1.97%
  • other: 12.42%

How you can help

Corporate giving is a fundamental part of successful business in Ottawa. In a time when many firms are facing a talent shortage, many professionals now consider a social conscience a must for their employers. Investing in the community is not just a way to give back; it has become an important way to recruit and retain top staff. 

This is what leads many Ottawa-area businesses to support The Ottawa Mission through the Business on a Mission program. Launched in 2019, the program’s partnership options can be customized to fit any budget, whether your business is large or small. 

Through the Business on a Mission program, you can:

  • Increase your revenues
  • Inspire your employees
  • Raise your community profile
  • Support corporate social responsibility

When you align with Ottawa’s oldest and largest emergency shelter, you help those in need while also helping your business, employees and clients. We offer you high-profile sponsorships, employee engagement opportunities, a popular cause-related marketing program and many other options to meet your corporate giving needs. All it typically takes is one visit to see why it’s worth it to partner with The Ottawa Mission.

For more information and to start a conversation, please visit or contact Erin Helmer, Senior Officer of Corporate Philanthropy and Partnerships, at


Coldest Night of the Year 

You and your business can join us for a family-friendly VIRTUAL fundraising walk held on February 25, 2023, all across Canada. This is a great community builder and a powerful way to support The Ottawa Mission.

To learn more or to get involved, contact Erin Helmer at 

Corporate Engagement Guide

Browse our Corporate Engagement Guide to find a form of partnership that works for your business. Explore opportunities to strengthen your business’s reputation, culture and bottom line – all while making a meaningful impact in your community. See the guide at


35 Waller St. Ottawa, Ont.  K1N 7G4


Year founded: 1906

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $19,012,567

Twitter: @OttawaMission

Facebook: /OttawaMission

Peter Tilley – CEO

Shaun Baron – Chair


Dr. Robert Cushman, Sr. Medical Officer, Health Canada

Jack Murta, Board Member, The Ottawa Mission

Scott Hannant, Carleton University professor and director of public affairs and communications, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addictions

Kaite Burkholder Harris, Executive Director, Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa

Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, Lead Minister, Parkdale United Church

Gord Lorimer, Partner, Hobin Architecture Inc.

Anthony Bennett, Board Member, The Ottawa Mission 

Sgt. Carl DeJong Detective, Ottawa Police Service

Peter Saunders, Associate Director of National Operations, Canadian Blood Services

Elie Labaky, Founder, lABAKY Law

Alan McCafferty, Founder, The Strategic Consulting Group

Kim MacDowall, Real Estate Sales Representative, Royal LePage Team Realty

Matt Triemstra, Past chair, VP & General Manager, Ensight Canada


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