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Ottawa CED Directory of Goods and Services

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  1. Business Services
  2. Catering
  3. Clothing
  4. Crafts
  5. Food
  6. Employment
  7. Housing
  8. Home Décor
  9. Transportation
  10. Laundry
  11. Funding
  12. Social Purchasing Portal

 

BUSINESS SERVICES

Computer Wise

Computer Wise offers a range of products and services that include business cards, marketing and promotional material such as flyers and posters, income tax receipts, document creation and assembly, shredding, multimedia presentations, labels, newsletters, letter merges, financial reports and corporate/family calendars. Computer Wise also offers affordable resume and scanning and printing services. Computer Wise is a unique workplace where people with disabilities do meaningful work using various adaptive devices to access computers, such as mini-keyboards, expanded keyboards, headpointers, and foot-switches.

The participants at Computer Wise need a bit more time to get a job done but they deliver a top quality product. Computer Wise participants are involved in all aspects of the operation of the office.

Contact:
Steven Philleps
Program Manager

44 Eccles Street
Ottawa, ON    K1R 6S4
tel: (613) 744-3562
fax: (613) 744-3562
e-mail: compwise@compwiseosp.ca
website: http://www.cwise.org

The Entrepreneurship Centre

The Entrepreneurship Centre is an initiative of OCRI, dedicated to helping Ottawa entrepreneurs make educated decisions about starting and growing their businesses. The Centre provides the information and tools that entrepreneurs need to establish and expand their businesses. The Centre provides a complete range of business information, training, consulting, mentoring and financial advisory services.

Contact
Christine Evans
Client Service Assistant.
110 Laurier Ave. Ground Flr
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J1
tel: (613) 560-6081
fax: (613) 560-2102
entcent@ocri.ca
www.entrepreneurship.com

 

CATERING

Coop Beldajia

Coop Beldajia provides a catering service with traditional somalian food such as samosas, rice, shwarma and salads. The Coop also produces and markets a tropical hot sauce. Beldajia is a Somalian word that means “community sharing.” The Centre created the Coop in January 2002 for Integration, Training and Economic Development (CIFODE). The Coop facilitates the socio-economic integration of French-speaking women from racial minority groups in Ottawa.

Contact
Fedora
400-251 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON  K2P 1X3
tel: (613) 569-2456 
fax: (613) 569-3205
email: info@cifode.ca
web site: www.cifode.ca

Krackers Katering

Krakers Katering catering services offer light lunches, sandwich trays, salads, fruit and cheese trays, fresh baked desserts and breakfast trays, as well as a hot meal option. Krakers Katering is an Agency Supported Entrepreneurial Business (ASEB) that operates under the auspice of Causeway Work Center Inc.  Founded in 1999, Krakers Katering is a community economic development initiative designed to assist persons with severe and persistent mental illness gain control over their lives. Krackers Katering provides training opportunities and paid employment, and presents a positive image of people with mental illness as productive, contributing members of our community.

Contact
Sharon Lewis, Program Manager
22 O'Meara St., Ste.204
Ottawa, ON  K1Y 4N6
tel: (613) 792-4954
fax: (613) 792-4957
e-mail: krackers@magma.ca

The Roasted Cherry

The Roasted Cherry Coffee House offers catering with a broad menu of items that include sandwiches, wraps salads and desserts. Services can range from the ease of coffee of pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads to full course meals.  Catering services can be as out of the box as you would like…imagine a brown bag luncheon served to each of your guests, personalized with their name, a smile for the day and/or a question/brain teaser related to your function
The Roasted Cherry Coffee House is a youth entrepreneurial program of New Beginnings for Youth,  a local charity serving the needs of youth and supporting learning outside of traditional classrooms since 1986.

Contact
Monika
93 O'Connor St.
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5M8
tel: (613) 236-1656
e-mail: mail@roastedcherry.com
website: www.roastedcherry.com

 

CLOTHING

Coopérative 301

Coopérative 301 is a non-profit small scale manufacturing enterprise to create work for people with sewing skills, often newcomers to the country. The co-operative offers contract services to produce custom-made, durable and ecological promotional bags; costumes for theatrical performances as well as Fair Trade contracts for small businesses and the design & production of dog garments against bad weather. The co-op also offers clothing repair services to the community at large to support environmental goals such as ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ and uses all of its income to pay equitable wages to its workers.

Contact
Lucile Champagne
153 Chapel Street (Lower level)
Ottawa, ON  K1N 1H5
tel: (613) 562-1739
email: coop301@magma.ca
Web Site: www.ecoequitable.com

House of Lazarus

The House of Lazarus combines a Food Bank, Thrift Shop and a Household Goods Annex to offer food, clothing, furniture and appliances to those in need. The Thrift Shop and Household Goods Annex is also open to the general public to support our Outreach Mission.

Contact
Pauline Pratt
Kim Merkley
House of Lazarus
2245 Simms Street
Box 125  Mountain, ON  K0S 1E0
Tel:  613-989-3830
Fax: 613-989-3830
email: lazarus04@magma.ca

Ottawa Neighbourhood Services

Clothing and household items and furniture are available for purchase. Ottawa Neighbourhood Services offers occupational training and employment opportunities for unemployed and persons with disabilities.

Contact
Patricia Lemieux
1071 Richmond Rd.
Ottawa, ON K2B 6R2
tel : 728-3737
fax: 728-4453
website: www.Ottawaneighbourhoodservices.ca

St. John's Community Shop

St. John's Community store provides a variety of donated goods at affordable prices. Items such as clothes, linens, cutlery, shoes, arts and crafts supplies, and personal care products can be purchased. The community shop also hands out vouchers in the amount of $30.00 to people in need. With these vouchers basic necessities can be purchased. The store is run solely by volunteers and all proceeds go to St. John's Anglican Church Outreach program.

Contacts
Diana Lize
Valerie Mansfield
St. John's Anglican Church
154 Somerset St. W
Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
tel: (613) 232-4500
fax: (613) 594-5875
e-mail: stjohns@cyberus.ca

St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc

St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc, is a registered charitable organization, which gives profits and goods to those in need in the community.
Through the sale of clothing, furniture, house wares of all kinds and small appliances, St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc is able to support those who are less fortunate, through direct and indirect channels.
Only the highest quality standards are adhered to, which ensures value to all of our clients.
Free pick up for clothing, furniture and small appliances. Collections can be arranged by phone.

Contact
Don Silverman
Sharron Ducharme
1273 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 3A6
tel: 722-7166
fax: 722-6505
e-mail:  donsilverman-svdp@rogers.com

The Well

The Well is a drop in centre that serves women and women with children who are economically and socially disadvantaged by offering a safe supportive environment and a broad range of programs and services. The Well recognises the economic needs of its clientele by offering services such as laundry and shower facilities, and a food bank. Items such as clothes and shoes can also be found.

Contact
St-Johns Anglican Church
154 Somerset St. W
Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
tel: (613) 594-8861
fax : (613) 594-5878
thewell@ottawa.anglican.ca

 

CRAFTS

Kré-axion

Kré-axion produces handicrafts made by French-speaking participants with mental health problems. Kré-axion offers greeting cards illustrated with drawings or photographs that are tailor-made for special occasions such as Christmas, St-Valentine's Day. Birthdays etc. Hand-made bead necklaces are also available.

Contact
Betty Kamenyero
273 MacArthur Avenue
Ottawa (Vanier), ON  K1L 6P3
tel: (613) 744-2244
fax: (613) 742-0986
e-mail: infos@coopcarpediem.com
web site: www.coopcarpediem.com

Harvest House Ministries

The Skills Development component of the Harvest House program has been designed to enable residents to develop their talents, learn new skills and raise their self-esteem at the same time as creating unique gift ideas including greeting cards, plaque and a variety of other items for sale.

Contact
Nicole Plaschy  MBA, CFRE
3435 Ramsayville Rd.
Gloucester, ON  K1G 3L4
tel: (613)521-9114
fax: (613) 521-7903
email: hh2@magma.ca
www.harvesthouse.org

People First

People First encourages people with low income to work co-operatively in order to develop self-sustaining economic initiatives which will be of benefit to themselves and to the community. Initiatives include: Vegetarian catering, Fabric Art, Stained Glass, and Stationary.

Contact
Sue Evens
c/o All Saints Lutheran Church
1061 Pinecrest Road
Ottawa, ON  K2B 6B7
tel: (613) 726-1418
e-mail: people.first@on.aibn.com

 

FOOD

Café des Ateliers

Café des Ateliers is a small café run by and for the members of Carpe Diem Work Co-operative. It has been in business since October 2002. It is also a place where people with mental health issues can come together and feel at ease. The café offers a special summer menu offering two kinds of salads and two kinds of sandwiches rounds out a regular menu of coffee with a variety of meals. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact:
Betty Kamenyero
273 MacArthur Avenue
Ottawa (Vanier), ON  K1L 6P3
tel: (613) 744-2244
fax: (613) 742-0986
e-mail: infos@coopcarpediem.com
web site: www.coopcarpediem.com

Fair TradeMark Canada

FairTrade Mark Canada is an organization that operates out of Ottawa to help companies purchase green and/or fairly-traded products. Fairtrade criteria include credit for farmers at reasonable prices reflecting the value of farm labour. Certified, fair trade coffee can be purchased locally at Bridegehead Inc.

Contact
323 Chapel St 2nd floor
Ottawa, ON
K1N 7Z2
tel: (613) 563-3351
fax: (613) 237-5969
fairtrade@transfair.ca
www.transfair.ca

The Roasted Cherry

The Roasted Cherry Coffee House offers catering with a broad menu of items that include sandwiches, wraps salads and desserts. Services can range from the ease of coffee of pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads to full course meals.  Catering services can be as out of the box as you would like…imagine a brown bag luncheon served to each of your guests, personalized with their name, a smile for the day and/or a question/brain teaser related to your function
The Roasted Cherry Coffee House is a youth entrepreneurial program of New Beginnings for Youth,  a local charity serving the needs of youth and supporting learning outside of traditional classrooms since 1986.

Contact
Monika
93 O'Connor St.
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5M8
tel: (613) 236-1656
e-mail: mail@roastedcherry.com
website: www.roastedcherry.com

La Siembra Coop

As a fair trade worker co-operative La Siembra offers consumers high-quality, certified fair trade organic products such as fair traded hot chocolate, cocoa powder and evaporated sugar can juice. La Siembra also assist co-op producers to improve the livelihood of family farmers and the well being of communities and engages in education with respect to fair trade and sustainable employment.

Contact
98 Hawthorne
Ottawa, ON
K1S 0B1
tel: (613) 235-6122
fax: (613) 235-6877
info@lasiembra.com
www.lasiembra.com

People First

People First encourages people with low income to work co-operatively in order to develop self-sustaining economic initiatives which will be of benefit to themselves and to the community. Initiatives include: Vegetarian catering, Fabric Art, Stained Glass, and Stationary.

Contact
Sue Evens
c/o All Saints Lutheran Church
1061 Pinecrest Road
Ottawa, ON K2B 6B7
tel: (613) 726-1418
e-mail: people.first@on.aibn.com

South-East Ottawa Community Kitchen

South-East Ottawa Centre for Health Community provides a community kitchen to help participants stretch their food dollars. This program provides shopping tips and cooking skills. The participants also share and learn recipes and get tasty, nutritious meal ideas.

Contacts
Lynne
lynne.dubroy@ottawa.ca
1355 Bank Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1H 8K7
tel: (613) 737-5115
fax: (613) 739-8199

St. Albert Co-op Cheese Factory

The St. Albert Co-op Cheese Factory has been producing and selling cheese for over 100 years. It employs 50 full time staff and 20 part-time employees.

Contact
Rejean Ouimet
150 St.Paul Street
St. Albert, ON  K0A 3C0
tel: (613) 987-2872
info@fromage-st-albert.com
http://www.fromage-st-albert.com/

The Well

The Well is a drop in centre that serves women and women with children who are economically and socially disadvantaged by offering a safe supportive environment and a broad range of programs and services. The Well recognises the economic needs of its clientele by offering services such as laundry and shower facilities, and a food bank. Items such as clothes and shoes can also be found.

Contact
St-Johns Anglican Church
154 Somerset St. W
Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
tel: (613) 594-8861
fax : (613) 594-5878
thewell@ottawa.anglican.ca

 

EMPLOYMENT

Coopérative Horizon Emploi

Coopérative Horizon Emploi is a nonprofit placement agency that helps Francophones with an intellectual impairment develop their employability and enter the work force. The Coopérative assists its clientele with job searches and job creation initiatives, and provides the support needed to facilitate their getting and keeping a job.

Contact:
Sonia Latulippe
235, Donald Street,
Suite 263 Ottawa,
Ontario K1K 1N1
Tel: 613-747-2727
Fax: 613-747-8269
E-mail: horizon@on.aibn.com

Worldskills

World Skills Centre offers a range of services to support new canadians seekeing to enter employment in the canadian workforce. This program addresses challenges faced by immigrants including lack of Canadian experience, financial constraints, lack of recognition of qualifications, the need for upgrading English proficiency, and the need to upgrade soft skills.

Contact
Fiona Marshall
201-219 Argyle
Ottawa, ON
K2P 2H4
tel: (613) 233-0453
fax: 232-1757
fiona@ottawa-worldskills.org
nneka@ottawa-worldskill.org

Youthworks

Youthworks offers interior and exterior painting services, as well as landscaping services, at competitive rates to housing co-ops. Co-op youth work on contracts secured by Youthworks. Youthworks is a summer employment program for youth living in the Ottawa area housing co-ops. The youth are paid a salary according to the hours worked. The staff are trained by professional painters and landscapers and are closely supervised.

Contact
Olga Tasci, Member Service Manager
311-225 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON  K2P 1P9
tel: (613) 230-2201 ext. 223
fax: (613) 230-2231
e-mail: otasci@chaseo.org

YMCA-YWCA Enterprise Centre

The YMCA-YWCA Enterprise Centre has been providing self-employment assistance since 1986, helping thousands of entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Self-employment services are delivered by a team of small business specialists. Services are provided in both official languages. Our comprehensive services package includes: group seminars and workshops, free computer and internet access, use of various size meeting rooms, business tools centre, facilitated business planning, networking events including an annual trade show and an Ontario Business Connects workstation for business registration. The facility is centrally located with underground parking, access to major bus routes and is wheelchair accessible.

The Enterprise Centre is a delivery agent for two self-employment training programs – the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (OSEB) and the Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP).

The Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (OSEB) is delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU), Service Canada and the Business Community. In the Ottawa area the OSEB Program offers eligible participants support and financial assistance for up to 52 weeks.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP) is delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, CIBC and the Business Community.

Contact
180 Argyle Ave
Ottawa, ON
K2P 1B7
tel: (613) 788-5001
fax: (613) 788-5051
oseb.pda@nationalcapitalregionymca-ywca.ca
www.ymcaywca.ca/Adults/Y-Enterprise-Centre/

Y's Owl Maclure

Y's Owl Maclure's employment program is a comprehensive program whereby their members, are integrated into a company's existing workforce as paid employees. This is a fully supported process that assists the employer with all aspects of training and ongoing follow-up.

Contact:
Hugh Nelson
Y's Owl Maclure Co-Operative Centre
1140 Morrison Drive,
Suite 100 Ottawa,
ON K2H 8S9
Tel: (613) 721-1500
Fax: (613) 721-6223
Email: ysowl@magma.ca
Website: http://www.ysowlmaclure.org/

 

HOUSING

Cooperative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario

CED is a powerful way for housing co-op members to build on their strengths. By supporting CED initiatives, we can improve the quality of life of our members, and strengthen our co-op communities at the same time. The Cooperative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario is involved in CED initiatives such as Youthworks. In this summer youth employment program, Coop youth get valuable experience whereas Co-ops get needed work done for a reasonable cost. As such, Co-op dollars are kept circulating in the co-op sector.

Contact
Brian Gifford, Acting Member Services Manager  NOW Karen Sexsmith ext 223
311-225 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON  K2P 1P9
tel: (613) 230-2201
fax: (613) 230-2231

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Habitat for Humanity is an independent, charitable, faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing by building homes in partnership with families in need. We build simple, decent, and affordable houses and provide interest-free mortgages to families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own home. The Habitat program is about home ownership and providing a long-term solution designed to break the poverty cycle. ReStores are building supply stores that accept and sell new and gently used building materials. ReStores generate funds to support Habitat's building programs, while reducing the amount of used materials that are headed for overflowing landfills! They are an environmentally friendly store that makes sense!

Contact
Myrna Beattie
2370 Walkley Road
Ottawa, ON   K1B4H9
tel: (613) 744-7769
fax: (613) 744-6990
e-mail: myrna@habitatncr.com
website: www.habitat.ca

 

HOME DÉCOR INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR

Canadian Office of Human Rights

The Canadian Office of Human Rights (COHR) is a federally licensed charitable organization.  It was founded in 1982 by individuals who were interested in helping people who have encountered problems with the justice system and by ex-detainees who wanted to take control of their future.  A board of directors that consists of 10 volunteers within the community manages it.  This mission was later expanded to include all disenfranchised people and people who are socially or professionally disadvantaged for one reason or another. 

COHR’s mission: to assist offenders, ex-offenders and disenfranchised reintegrate into society.

We offers discount upholstery and furniture repair through their workshop specializing in antique restoration & repairs.

From Monday to Friday (9:00am- 5:00pm), COHR operates a “Garage Sale”.  We have dressers, desks, dining room tables & chairs, coffee tables, end tables, wall units, sofas, chairs, and lazy boys.  We also have small kitchen appliances & assorted bric-a-bracs.

We like to assist people who are starting up and moving into a new residence.

Contact:
Canadian Office of Human Rights
9 Bayview Road, Suite C
Ottawa, ON  K1Y 2C5
For more information call (613) 594-9466

Good Day Workshop

Good Day Workshop is a non-profit outreach program that welcomes people who are unemployed because of problems related to addiction, homelessness, mental or physical disability and teaches them to repair, refinish, upholster and cane furniture.  Participants work Monday through Friday to complete furniture projects for our customers.

Contact
Liz Gauthier
211 Bronson Ave
Ottawa, ON    K1R 6H5
Tel: (613) 236-4979
Fax: (613) 237-4874
Email: gdw@magma.ca 
Website: www.gooddayworkshop.org

House of Lazarus

The House of Lazarus combines a Food Bank, Thrift Shop and a Household Goods Annex to offer food, clothing, furniture and appliances to those in need. The Thrift Shop and Household Goods Annex is also open tothe general public to support our Outreach Mission.

Contact
Pauline Pratt
Kim Merkley
House of Lazarus
2245 Simms Street
Box 125
Mountain, ON  K0S 1E0
Tel:  613-989-3830
Fax: 613-989-3830
email: lazarus04@magma.ca

Ottawa Neighbourhood Services

Clothing and household items and furniture are available for purchase. Ottawa Neighbourhood Services offers occupational training and employment opportunities for unemployed and persons with disabilities.

Contact
Patricia Lemieux
1071 Richmond Rd.
Ottawa, ON
K2B 6R2
tel : 728-3737
fax: 728-4453
website: www.Ottawaneighbourhoodservices.ca

St. John's Community Shop

St. John's Community store provides a variety of donated goods at affordable prices. Items such as clothes, linens, cutlery, shoes, arts and crafts supplies, and personal care products can be purchased. The community shop also hands out vouchers in the amount of $30.00 to people in need. With these vouchers basic necessities can be purchased. The store is run solely by volunteers and all proceeds go to St. John's Anglican Church Outreach program.

Contacts
Diana Lize
Valerie Mansfield
St. John's Anglican Church
154 Somerset St. W
Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
tel: (613) 232-4500
fax: (613) 594-5875
e-mail: stjohns@cyberus.ca

St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc

St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc, is a registered charitable organization, which gives profits and goods to those in need in the community.
Through the sale of clothing, furniture, house wares of all kinds and small appliances, St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc is able to support those who are less fortunate, through direct and indirect channels.
Only the highest quality standards are adhered to, which ensures value to all of our clients.
Free pick up for clothing, furniture and small appliances. Collections can be arranged by phone.

Contact:
Don Silverman
Sharron Ducharme
1273 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 3A6
tel: 722-7166
fax: 722-6505
e-mail:  donsilverman-svdp@rogers.com

Youthworks

Youthworks offers interior and exterior painting services, as well as landscaping services, at competitive rates to housing co-ops. Co-op youth work on contracts secured by Youthworks. Youthworks is a summer employment program for youth living in the Ottawa area housing co-ops. The youth are paid a salary according to the hours worked. The staff are trained by professional painters and landscapers and are closely supervised.

Contact
Olga Tasci, Member Service Manager
311-225 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON
K2P 1P9
tel: (613) 230-2201 ext. 223
fax: (613) 230-2231
e-mail: otasci@chaseo.org

 

TRANSPORTATION

Re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op

Re-cycles bicycle co-op helps sustain the local bicycle community by providing a fully equipped do-it-yourself bike shop for use by members and volunteers to maintain their bicycles under the guidance of volunteer bike mechanics. Volunteers can also learn bike repair skills by fixing bikes donated to the shop, that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. These bikes are sold at reasonable prices, providing an affordable and sustainable means of transportation to everyone. Learning to be more self sufficient with regards to bike repairs empowers people to ride the path less traveled and make cycling a part of their daily lives.

Contact
112 Nelson Avenue
Basement of "The Depot"
re-cycles@flora.org
www.flora.org/re-cycles

VRTUCar

VRTUCAR is a car-share service that gives members 24-hour access to a fleet of cars stationed in Ottawa's downtown neighborhoods. It is cheaper then owning a car if you need a car for fewer than 12,000km/year. It also means reduced insurance costs, no more repair bills or parking hassles. VRTUCAR also eliminates the need for a 2nd car in the family. This service also reduces vehicle pollution by over 50% simply by driving less and reducing the number of engine start-ups.

Contact
Wilson Wood
356 Maclaren Street
Ottawa, ON
K2P 0M6
tel: (613) 798-1900
fax: (613) 230-6568
info@vrtucar.com
www.vrtucar.com

LAUNDRY

Centretown Laundry Co-op

The Centretown Laundry Co-op is a welcoming and caring community that provides accessible, affordable, environmentally friendly self-service laundry for anyone who needs it. Members volunteer and participate to keep the Co-op going and to develop and share their skills and abilities. The Co-op have a CED project where member participants do laundry for other organizations and get paid for it, so we can be part of a stronger Centretown Community. The Co-op is a project of Centretown Community Health Centre, First United Church, and McLeod-Stewarton United Church, and receives some funding from United Way/Centraide Ottawa.

Contact
Eliisa Bruder, CLC Coordinator
Marianela Santamaria, CED Mentor
211 Bronson Ave.
Ottawa, ON
K1L 6H5
tel: (613) 565-4712   (613) 565-4524
fax: (613) 233-2062
e-mail: info@centretownlaundrycoop.ca

The Well

The Well is a drop in centre that serves women and women with children who are economically and socially disadvantaged by offering a safe supportive environment and a broad range of programs and services. The Well recognises the economic needs of its clientele by offering services such as laundry and shower facilities, and a food bank. Items such as clothes and shoes can also be found.

Contact
St-Johns Anglican Church
154 Somerset St. W
Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8
tel: (613) 594-8861
fax : (613) 594-5878
thewell@ottawa.anglican.ca

FUNDING

Ottawa Community Loan Fund

The Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) is a non-profit, micro credit organization that was founded in the summer of 2000 after discussions between the City and various community groups revealed the need for a community development financial organization. The OCLF’s mission it is to invest in people and communities by facilitating self-reliance loans and services through character based lending. Its loans, of up to $15,000, are reserved for entrepreneurs – with new or existing businesses, as well as viable business plans – who are unable to secure the capital they require from the banks. In recent years the OCLF has also expanded into training loans; which assist New Canadians with their accreditations, as well as any individual seeking training that will lead to direct employment.  The OCLF is also exploring an affordable housing investment fund; a social enterprise fund; as well as Islamic banking.

Contact
George Brown
22 O’Meara St
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 4N6
tel: (613) 594-3535
info@oclf.org
www.oclf.org

 

PURCHASING PORTAL

Social Purchasing Portal

Marge McCabe, Portal Manager
Ottawa Social Purchasing Portal
22 O'Meara Street
Ottawa, ON. K1Y 4N6 
Ph:  (613) 290-8772
Fax: (613) 725-1034
Email: marge.m@spp-pcsottawa.ca
Web:  www.spp-pcsottawa.ca