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Looking for a warm place to hang out or get a meal? Check out the 2016-2017 "Out Of The Cold / In From The Cold" free meals and snacks list for Ottawa.

Out of the cold


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    We have a new deadline for our weekly community information bulletin! Please send us your postings before noon on the Friday preceding the bulletin.
  • Winter can be a challenge for many, especially individuals living on a low income or who are coping with a significant change in their circumstances. 211 is launching its campaign Help Starts Here to raise awareness on community services. For more information, watch the video!
  • Here is our list of ongoing Out of the Cold free meals and snacks list for the Ottawa area.
  • Don’t miss your chance to bring recognition to someone who is doing important work in your community! The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open until February 3rd to give Canadian volunteers the recognition they deserve...18/01/2017
  • Hire Immigrants Ottawa is accepting entries for the 2017 Employer Excellence Awards from employers in the National Capital Region...11/01/2017
  • The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Le Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Est de l’Ontario (The Réseau) are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Ontario’s French Language Services Act...21/12/2016

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  • The Métis Nation of Ontario is hosting Winter Wilderness Snowshoeing on Thursdays in January...18/01/2017
  • On January 22nd, the Ottawa Public Library is celebrating Family Literacy Day with a musical performance entitled The Grand Study...18/01/2017
  • The Jack Purcell Recreation Association will be hosting various youth programs, including Youth Night, Dodgeball and Youth Yoga...18/01/2017
  • MPP Marie-France Lalonde and MP Andrew Leslie invite you to go bowling on Family Day...18/01/2017
  • The Carlington Community Health Centre has shared its Parent-Child Program Calendar for Winter/Spring 2017...11/01/2017
  • The Lowertown Community Resource Centre has shared its January 2017 Activities Calendar...11/01/2017
  • The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region's Employment Access Centres have published their January calendars for the Merivale and Argyle locations...11/01/2017
  • Dinners Unlimited will offer free meals on January 14th, 2017 from 10 am-3 pm at The Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks St)...11/01/2017
  • The Good Companions Seniors' Centre will be hosting special events in the New Year: Rabbie Burns Lunch on January 23rd and the January Birthday Party on the 27th...21/12/2016



This Community Information Bulletin is maintained by the Community Information Centre of Ottawa.


This Site is linked to documents provided by various organizations and to other websites that are not under the control of and are not maintained by the Community Information Centre of Ottawa (CIC). The CIC is not responsible for the content of those documents or websites. The CIC is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link to such documents or websites does not imply endorsement by the CIC of those documents or websites. Anyone linking to this Site must comply with these Terms and all applicable laws.

Posting Criteria

The Community Information Bulletin is distributed by the Community Information Centre of Ottawa (CICO) in two formats, an e-Mail Broadcasting Service and an electronic Bulletin Board.

  • The e-Mail Broadcasting Service reaches over 2,400 individuals working in the non-profit sector in the City of Ottawa and a small number of for-profit organizations that offer free or specialized services.The e-mail broadcast  is a compilation of the weeks new postings. It is sent out Wednesdays when the bulletin board is updated
  • The Bulletin Board is located on our website which averages over 15,000 hits per month. It features all the postings of the last month

Before submitting a posting, please be sure to read the following information.

Inclusion and exclusion criteria for posting:

  • Postings must be of local interest and be of community awareness
  • Postings will be divided according to the following categories:
    * News
    * Employment & Volunteering
    * Professional Development
    * Workshops
    * Support Groups
    * Health Information
    * General Information
    * Archives

  • Inclusion in the e-Mail Broadcasting Service or on the Bulletin Board does not imply endorsement by the CICO.
  • CICO reserves the right to exclude a posting
  • Postings which are not acceptable include:
    * Partisan and political postings
    * Advertisement for the sale of goods or merchandise - including the services offered by an individual
    * Promotions of a faith
    * Material that is intended to slander a group or person or that promotes hatred or discrimination


  • This service is free, until further notice, for non-profit agencies serving the city of Ottawa with condition that the service offered is free, subsidized or for a minimal fee
  • Fees may apply to other posting requests
  • For-profit organizations may post for a fee. Please call 613-761-9076

To post we will require:

  • The requested posting in a PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) document, formatted to be readable and understandable. Formatting is not provided by the CICO. The approved postings will appear as received
  • ** NOTE : We changed the posting criteria for our Employment and Volunteering section.
    • Requests to the Employment and Volunteering section must now be provided with a direct link [URL] to your website where this information is posted. Simply send your email request with the following information, i.e. Counsellor, Community Information Centre
    • We no longer accept/post .pdf or .doc under this section as of August 2015
  • The posting must be sent as an attachment via e-mail. Requests that are in the body of the email will not be approved
  • If you are sending a posting request that is not from the organization you work for, please indicate in the body of the email which organization it is from
  • The document should contain a contact name, title, organization name, telephone number and/or email address
  • We encourage postings be made available in English and in French but it is not required. Translation is not provided
  • Information received up to Friday at 12 noon will be distributed and posted on the following Wednesday
  • The bulletin is not updated on statutory holidays
  • Documents can be posted for 30 days, until the event date has passed or until requested to be removed by the organization in question

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Page updated on 04/02/2016