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Rideauwood is a community leader and a specialist in substance use, behavioural addictions and mental health issues.

We are deeply committed to creating a compassionate and caring culture where clients feel empowered to make choices that work for them.

Our depth of experience stems from our over 40 years of supporting clients with our expertise, compassion and care.

Rideauwood opened in 1976 with funding to provide four programs and services to approximately 450 clients each year. Forty plus years later, Rideauwood now offers over fifteen programs for clients including youth and young adults, adults, families, parents and support persons.

All Rideauwood programs are based on evidence-based best practices with adaptability and collaboration in mind. Consistently high levels of client satisfaction and dedicated, passionate staff ensure that we continually evolve our services and client experience to meet emerging needs.

We actively search for funding sources as well as strategic partnerships that allow us to expand our service offering for clients in need of support.

Why Rideauwood?

We are specialists.

Rideauwood has helped individuals in our community explore substance use, behavioural addictions and mental health issues for over 40 years.

We are collaborative.

Clients choose from comprehensive programs delivered by Rideauwood and its partners in schools, community health centres, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient programs.

We are adaptive.

Clients work with Rideauwood counsellors to choose a treatment plan that supports their unique goals, including abstinence and harm reduction.

We are compassionate.

Every member of the Rideauwood team is committed to supporting the wellbeing of each client in a respectful, caring and compassionate way.

Client Stories

Rideauwood alumni and counsellors share their stories and insights for individuals and families who might be exploring options for themselves.

Working at Rideauwood

Individuals interested in careers, field placements, counsellor’s aide and volunteer positions will find rewarding opportunities at Rideauwood.

Important Notice to Clients About Coronavirus

Our world has changed over the past few days with the accelerated response to the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and, more recently, in Ottawa with yesterday’s new directive from the  Medical Officer of Health. As of Sunday March 15 (yesterday), Ottawa Public Health is asking all residents to stay in their homes unless necessary. The Medical Officer of Health specified that this is not to discourage people from being outside, but to discourage people from going into other locations or being within 2 meters of other people that are not living in your home. The purpose of that is to reduce the speed at which the virus will spread, limiting the burden on the health care system.


Here at Rideauwood, we are activating the following plans to support the evolving situation:

  • All group programs are being put on hold until further notice
  • Individual counselling services, normally offered in person will be offered via telephone or OTN, (a secure videoconferencing option). As such a staff person will be in touch with you to inform you of this change.
  • If you are a youth or a young adult wanting to access the walk-in service please call us at 613-724-4881.  Your call will be redirected to the appropriate person.


If you are registered in an upcoming group or have an appointment and have any questions, please call us at 613-724-7881.



  • If you are sick, stay at home if possible
  • If you have:
  • Returned from international travel or to a Canadian province with established local transmission and are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever and/or new worsening cough.
  • Had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days and are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever and/or new or worsening cough.


Please go immediately to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at the Brewer Arena, (151 Brewer Way) open daily from 9a.m. to 8 p.m.)



  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.  Also, make sure to wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick.
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t already done so.


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