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  • March 13, 2018

Expanding Community Health Care Capacity in Downtown Ottawa

Ontario Investing more than $5 million to expand the Centretown Community Health Centre

More Ottawa residents need increased support, now than ever—from mental health counseling and primary health care, to supports for newcomers as well as those affected by the opioid crisis, to isolated seniors living alone. Centretown Community Health Centre’s staff and volunteers have expanded significantly over time to meet the growing need since opening in 1999, without any increase to the centre’s physical size or improvements to accessibility.

The Government of Ontario is investing $5,465,000 in the Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC) in downtown Ottawa, to give people and communities it serves better access to health and social services closer to home. These funds will allow construction to begin on renovations to the 420 Cooper Street community health centre.

This major expansion will allow the CCHC to serve all members of our community, including the LGBTQI2S community, refugees and new Canadians, francophones, and those with disabilities. This expansion will increase access to comprehensive primary health and community services such as mental health and addictions programs. Our community will benefit from revitalized facilities with greater accessibility and increased community and health care space.

This investment creates a further 5 500 square feet of community and clinical space beyond improving the current space that will allow the CCHC to serve over 600 more clients for services ranging from primary care, mental health, addictions, health promotion and early years’ services as well as many more for community initiatives. The anticipated completion date is summer 2019.

Building and expanding community health care services is part of Ontario's plan to create a higher quality of life and fairness for those accessing community health services. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


 “The Centretown Community Health Centre already offers essential health and social services and is a focal point for care in downtown Ottawa and beyond. This investment is a necessary step in increasing capacity and access to serve the diverse communities and improves upon the vital services provided by CCHC.”

—Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre

 “I am thrilled that the Ontario government is investing in our community health centre’s physical space so that we can serve more clients and show leadership in accessibility and infection control. We are thrilled to make our community hub a better place for those who need our help now and in the future.” 

— Sacha Baharmand, President of the Board, Centretown Community Health Centre

"Our expanded space will allow Centretown Community Health Centre to offer improved health and social services and community engagement. This expansion will address our waiting list and ensure people’s mental and physical health needs are met faster. The expanded centre will also reduce the isolation of marginalized people by providing improved welcoming and safe gathering spaces.”

— Simone Thibault,  Executive Director, Centretown Community Health Centre

About Centretown Community Health Centre:

Established in 1969, Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC) is a non-profit, multi-service community health centre, governed by a volunteer board of directors, that plays an active role in the community for people’s health and well-being by paying attention to those who face inequity in accessing care. Its programs and services provide an ingrained presence in the communities it serves both in downtown Ottawa and beyond so that people can access the support they need. A full range of community services are delivered to over 15,000 people by a diverse team of professional staff who are supported by over 300+ volunteers. Recognized with high marks by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, CCHC also acquired its official French Language Designation in 2017 as a testimony to its commitment to the needs of the francophone community. For more information about Centretown Community Health Centre, please visit

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