The SPCO is supporting community responses to the Covid - 19 crisis. Find out what we are doing with weekly updates.

Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development (CED) is focused on improving a local economy’s ability to serve its people.

Access to Basics

Access to Basics focuses on people’s capacity to access the things that they need most. Among these basic needs are shelter, food, education, employment and health.

Creating Inclusion

Inclusion assures each citizen the opportunity to fully participate in realizing aspirations.

Research and Voluntary Sector Supports

SPC delivers five broad types of research the voluntary sector needs

"Train the Trainer" Photovoice Project for Young Adult Refugees Aged 18 - 25, starting September 15

The Social Planning Council of Ottawa and U Shine Movement are launching a new photovoice project for young adult refugees.  Participants will be provided high quality training in photography and relevant leadership skills during September, with on-going mentoring and coaching to February 2021.  We will provide them with the equipment they need.  Beginning in late fall, they will have the opportunity to volunteer in photovoice programs for children and youth aged 12 – 17.  More details can be found

Giving Tuesday: Help isolated ethno-cultural seniors receive affordable cultural food

The Social Planning Council's Collaborative Food Pantry gives vulnerable residents access to affordable, healthy food. In response to the pandemic, our Collaborative Food Pantry has partnered with over 25 grassroots ethno-cultural groups serving seniors, to support hundreds of isolated seniors in the community. To date we are providing food and medicine delivery to 85 households and counting. Your donation will help us to continue to provide seniors with affordable cultural foods.

Ottawa Neighbourhood Equity Index & Community Planning

To assist community outreach and planning in the Covid19 crisis, the SPCO has prepared neighbourhood level data and maps relevant to key vulnerable populations. The Neighbourhood Equity Index highlights places that are more vulnerable than others and also points to key problems that are the weak spots in the physical distancing strategy.

Need a video made? Hot Shoe is Open for Business!

Did you know? Our Social Enterprise, Hot Shoe Productions, is continuing to operate (virtually) during COVID-19. Let us help you with all of your virtual video needs. As a bonus, you will be helping a group of amazing young people remain employed during this challenging time. ->


Minority Ethnocultural Seniors

MECS represents a number of ethno-cultural senior grassroots groups in Ottawa. These groups provide a wide range of recreational, social and educational opportunities and activities and are looking for seniors to join them.


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Youth Action Now: Paul Dewar’s community action initiative

The Social Planning Council of Ottawa is pleased to host the Youth Action Now initiative, launched by Paul Dewar in June 2018.    


What does Youth Action Now do?

Youth Action Now brings together young people from diverse backgrounds to support their collective leadership and increase their impact in making positive change within their communities.

Counting on Culture: Impacts and Indicators in Ottawa

We are pleased to present the first edition of the Counting on Culture: Impacts and Indicators in Ottawa, a set of culture indicators intended to provide a window on cultural activity in Ottawa.

Community organizations and governments alike have long recognized the need for comprehensive, consistent, and reliable culture data collection and regular reporting of culture indicators. In May 2016, the Ottawa Culture Research Group (OCRG) was created as an informal collaboration of community, academic, and government partners working together to share culture data and research and to develop culture indicators. This report is the result of that collaboration.