Community Engagement

Recovery for those with substance-based or behavioural (process) addiction(s) is greatly enhanced by social connection. Yet, many people are not fully engaged in their communities either through personal relationships, social events, or civic activities. Unfortunately, many individuals often remain socially isolated and excluded. Stigma and discrimination contribute to the social exclusion of people living in or seeking recovery from addiction.

Through our community engagement initiatives, CAPSA endeavours to provide people affected by addiction possibilities to increase social connections and establish positive relationships with others,  both in recovery and in the broader community. Greater social connections can  lead to improved economic, educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities that are generally available.

CAPSA's community engagement initiatives promote social acceptance and full community participation of people in or seeking recovery from addiction.


CAPSA provides opportunities for people affected by addiction to connect with their local community through collective volunteerism and community participation. Some examples of our past initiatives are:

  • Recovery Day Ottawa in September
  • Icing and snow removal weekly commitment at Vanier-Richelieu Community Centre public skating rink (Winter 2015)
  • Bell's Corners neighbourhood clean-up (Fall 2014)
  • Capital Pride Recovery Day Float and FreshZone (Summer 2014/2015)
  • Hosting Centretown Movies in the Park (Summer 2014/2015)
  • Chinatown Remixed Back Alley Dance Party (Summer 2014)
  • CAPSA Salvation Community Fair (Summer 2013)
  • CAPSA Fundraisers (ongoing)