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 727,903 meals (an increase from 520,373 the year before) and provided safely distanced shelter to 1,244 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.
At a glance:
Year founded: 1906
Total revenue for last fiscal year: 13,322,621
Top funding sources:
- Individuals: 46.61%
- Government: 37.80%
- Corporate: 5.47%
- Other Charities: 0.21%
- Other: 9.91%
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa region
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 (or a virtual tour during the pandemic) to see why it’s worth it to partner with The Ottawa Mission.
For more information and to start a conversation, please visit www.ottawamission.com/corporate-giving or contact Erin Helmer, Senior Officer of Corporate Philanthropy and Partnerships, at
Events and resources
Coldest Night of the Year
You and your business can join us for a family-friendly VIRTUAL fundraising walk held on February 26, 2022, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate Engagement Guide
Browse our new 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 www.ottawamission.com/corporate-giving.
Board members and executives
Dr. Robert Cushman
Sr. Medical Officer
The Ottawa Mission
Carleton University professor and director of public affairs and communications
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addictions
Kaite Burkholder Harris
Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey
Parkdale United Church
Hobin Architecture Inc.
The Ottawa Mission
Sgt. Carl DeJong
Ottawa Police Service
Associate Director of National Operations
Canadian Blood Services
The Strategic Consulting Group
Real Estate Sales Representative
Royal LePage Team Realty
VP & General Manager
Get in touch
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