Finance, Housing, Legal, and Employment

Ancoura    This is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization and a registered charity providing a nurturing and fulfilling environment for adults living with a mental illness through stable, affordable housing, and a supportive community.

Causeway Work Centre     A not-for-profit agency that empowers and supports people with mental illness and other challenges to help them find rewarding work and live more independently.

Daybreak Not-for-profit Housing     Since 1982, Daybreak has been a place to call home for men and women who not only have difficulty finding affordable housing, but also struggle with issues such as mental health, recovery from addictions, escaping abusive situations, and limited life skills.  Daybreak helps residents rebuild their lives in a supportive community.  E-Mail:; telephone: 613-236-8070.​

Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN) is a community initiative, led by United Way Ottawa, that brings together in partnership employers, service providers, and other stakeholders with the goal of increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and promoting inclusive and accessible workplaces.

Henson Trust: for a booklet describing this type of trust for families who wish to help support a relative who receives ODSP benefits, see “Consider a Henson Trust” in Reports, Books, and Articles.

HeretoHelp is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, a group of seven leading mental health and addictions non-profit agencies in British Columbia.  Since 2003, the group has been working together to help people live well and better prevent and manage mental health and substance use problems.

Let’s Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members is a resource for family members who wish to support their family member in getting and keeping employment.  Rapp, J. (2017), Boston, MA, USA: Boston University, Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  Link

Living with a Disability: The Government of Canada offers a variety of services and financial benefits to assist people with disabilities and their families.  Service Canada has compiled a list to help you find benefits that may be right for you, and a site for those caring for someone who is ill.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)     For individuals suffering from a mental illness who fear going back to work as they think they will lose their ODSP benefits, or fear not having a backup plan if work doesn’t work out, ODSP has created some resources to help breakdown that fear and provide reassurance that they CAN indeed work and stay on ODSP at the same time.  Click here to learn more.

Ottawa Salus Corporation     This organization offers rehabilitation services, community support services, recreology, and housing to men and women, 16 years of age or older, with mental health problems.  Salus services are available in English, French, and ASL.

Reach Canada     A non-profit lawyer referral service dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities of all types, lawyers, caregivers, and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities, and to ensuring people with disabilities are provided with quality legal and social representation.

Rise Asset Development     For those with a history of mental health and addiction challenges who would like to start or grow a small business, and who cannot access traditional financing, Rise Asset Development, a registered charity, will provide low-interest small business loans and free training and mentorship.  For information, Email, telephone 613-725-3494, ext. 118, or visit the Web site.

Salus – see Ottawa Salus Corporation, listed above.

The Special Needs Planning Group     Based in Stouffville, Ontario, this is an organization composed of parents of people with disabilities with the goal of assisting families in the provision of a secure financial future for loved ones.  The group employs a team approach, using professional planners, lawyers, and accountants, all of whom are specialists in planning for people with disabilities, to provide solutions which include much more than just a will and a trust account.

Steps to Justice, a program of Ontario Works, equips people to work through their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps.  The service offers practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides; referral information for legal and social services across Ontario; and live chat and Email-based support.  The site also provides caregivers with legal information specifically related to the Ontario Disability Support Program.