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.

Stigma Ends with Me - CAPSA

Stigma and discrimination towards people who use drugs and those with a substance use disorder are among the biggest barriers to care and treatment – #StigmaEndsWithMe campaign

CAPSA logoCAPSA 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.


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

1 facility

Located in Ottawa


People served


520,910 social media impressions, 23,915 social media interactions, 4,246 web page views, 690 community members engaged in #StigmaEndsWithMe campaign.

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.

Other Beneficiaries

  • Social media followers: 10,000
  • Ottawa and area: 3,500
  • Balance of Canada: 6,000
  • International: 500+

Partners and Affiliations

Contact Information

Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA)
Main Office Phone: (613) 686-6657
2435 Holly Lane, Ottawa, K1V 7P2

Gord Garner
Executive Director –

Some of the projects or activities currently running in CAPSA, Canada

  1. Interview with Gord Garner, CAPSA

    "If one can change the way people who use substances are described, you can change how people think about them"...

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