CAPSA – Canada
Community Addictions Peer Support Association
Established in Ottawa, Canada, The Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) is a nonprofit organization of people affected by substance use disorder.
CAPSA strives to empower individuals impacted by substance use disorder by providing opportunities to integrate into the broader community through peer support initiatives and community engagement projects. They support all pathways to increased health and endeavor to collaborate with other organizations that provide services for those in need of help.
INTEGRATE. EMPOWER. RECOVER.
CAPSA envisions a world where all individuals affected by addiction have access to the support they need when seeking help, without stigma or discrimination.
CAPSA in 2019
4 full time + 100 volunteers
Employees and volunteers
Located in Ottawa
Programmes and Activities
- All People All Pathways peer support meetings.
- Capsa organizes language workshops, training programs, and social media campaigns in support of its vision of a stigma-free world.
- One of the biggest events is Recovery Day, an annual community event. The purpose is to help reduce the stigma around addiction and to raise awareness of all existing ways to improve health.
- Social media followers: 10,000
- Ottawa and area: 3,500
- Balance of Canada: 6,000
- International: 500+
Partners and Affiliations
- Canadian Mental Health Assocation
- Ottawa Mental Health Centre
- Ottawa Police Service
- Ottawa Public Health
- Shephers of Good Hope
- Mental Health Commission
- Algonquin College Umbrella Project
- Algonquin Students Association
- NGO Recovery Care
- NGO Big Sisters of Ottawa
- NGO Causeway Work Centre
- Ottawa Fire Services
- Saint-Paul University