The Ottawa Mission

The Ottawa Mission logo.
Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

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

Twitter: @OttawaMission

Facebook: /OttawaMission

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

The Ottawa Mission entrance, a red brick building downtown with the organization's sign.

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 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 

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

A man, holding a document, speaks to an employee at the Ottawa Mission.

Board members and executives

Peter Tilley


Shaun Baron


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


Hobin Architecture Inc.

Anthony Bennett

Board Member

The Ottawa Mission

Sgt. Carl DeJong


Ottawa Police Service

Peter Saunders

Associate Director of National Operations

Canadian Blood Services 

Elie Labaky



Alan McCafferty


The Strategic Consulting Group 

Kim MacDowall

Real Estate Sales Representative

Royal LePage Team Realty

Matt Triemstra

Past chair

VP & General Manager

Ensight Canada

Get in touch

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