Our Mission

Providing community supports to youth and adults living with mental health and substance-use health challenges, to lead self-guided and fulfilling lives.

Our Vision



Upstream offers a holistic approach that is responsive and adaptable to the needs and wants of our diverse clients, who define their own goals and measurements of success


Committed to equity

Upstream is improving access and quality of care by offering equitable and inclusive programs and supports to communities that traditionally have been under-served and marginalized


Meaningfully engaged

To successfully build the pathways to support, recovery and wellness, Upstream collaborates with our clients, and their families, in the design and decision-making for programs and services



Upstream is committed to building strong ties with the community, both to find the means to support our work, and to respond to the changing needs of increasingly diverse populations

Our Clients

Giving to Upstream Ottawa means supporting our programs, our services and our ability to serve people in ways that are most meaningful to them.

Your generosity makes all the difference.

Hear Kelton's story

A safe space for Youth, online. 

For Grace*, a 20-year-old international student from Nigeria, moving halfway around the world to study in Ottawa became a harrowing experience. She felt isolated, profoundly anxious, lacked social supports and had suicidal thoughts.

Executive Director's Report:

A year in perspective

Read the 2023 report here 


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Clients served through Case Management

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Our Vision

Upstream is committed to providing meaningful community-based, client-focused and equitable mental health, substance-use health and addiction support services to adult and youth populations

We go above and beyond the expectations of our clients by offering a variety of ‘Value Added Services’ such as our Housing Program and other popular social/recreational group events.

Put your donation to work by sponsoring one of these amazing Value Added Services! 


I learned so much from the case workers at Upstream and I am forever grateful to the organization for helping me recover from my issues and get my life on track. Thank you so, so much.

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    Upstream Ottawa on CFRA

    Listen as Upstream Ottawa’s Executive Director Bo Turpin explains our new SAPACCY program on CFRA’s News Talk Radio with host Patricia Boal. A big thank you to 580 CFRA and Patricia Boal for this timely interview.