MERIT is a community initiative housed at the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). Through MERIT, the OPS is committed to an ongoing partnership with local communities on the shared responsibility for safety and the reduction of harm and victimization.
Our community partners sit at the MERIT tables when their expertise, insights and services are required. We collaborate and consult when required to address the challenges faced in Ottawa neighbourhoods and communities. Together, we work to resolve them and to offer personalized solutions to problems.
MERIT is proud to partner with the following Ottawa-based organizations:
ensures the support and protection of communities by law enforcement and public safety systems.
has served the Ottawa community since 1923, reaching out to 4,500 children and youth each year through after-school, weekend and summer programs that build self-esteem and help to develop stronger social skills.
is non-profit community organization funded by the Government of Ontario, legally mandated to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect. The CAS is one of over 46 agencies across the province regulated by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
is a world-class healthcare centre providing compassionate medical care to children and youth from birth to their 18th birthday.
is a community-based, registered charity dedicated to promoting good mental health, developing and implementing support systems and services, and encouraging public action to strengthen communities.
ensures health services are well-organized, appropriately funded, and meet the health needs of the 1.3 million residents within its region. LHIN offers about 240 health programs and/or services in hospitals, community support services, mental health and addiction service agencies, community health centres and long-term care homes.
aims to improve access to justice for linguistic minorities, people who are not proficient in English or French, or who face communication challenges as the result of a disability or sensory impairment.
is committed to the eradication of poverty in Ottawa. Coalition members advocate at many levels and on many issues to help people gain access to basic supports such as shelter, food, income, childcare, recreation and transportation.
works to contribute to crime reduction and enhanced community safety in Ottawa through collaborative evidence-based crime prevention.
provides help with accessing child care, finding a job, applying for social housing and other social assistance programs.
enforces municipal by-laws on behalf of the public. All City of Ottawa by-laws are available in English and French.
is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario. Students are based out of 143 schools – 113 elementary schools, 25 secondary schools and five secondary alternate sites.
provides public health programs and services to individuals and communities while advocating for public policies that make our city and its residents healthier.
delivers medical treatment for life-threatening medical emergencies including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory and traumatic injuries.
provides a quality Catholic education to over 40,000 students in the Ottawa area.
has a vision to be a leader in providing safe and affordable homes to enable tenants to fully participate in the socio-economic opportunities of the City.
is a non-profit, community-governed organization that provides a range of multi-disciplinary services to clients, including primary care, health promotion, social services, community and resource development, home support and advocacy to address the social determinants of health.
fills an important role in public education, community service and in pressing for reform in the criminal justice system. Currently, there are branches and offices in over 60 communities across Canada and a national office based in Kingston, Ontario.
provides each patient with the world-class healthcare, exceptional service and compassion we would want for our loved ones.
is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres. Its mandate is to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment resistant mental illness.
provides guidance counselling, supervision and assistance to youth placed on probation and/or sentenced to a custody placement by the Youth Justice Court within the Ottawa-Carleton area.
empowers youth to make choices today that can help them secure the future they want. It also guides high-risk youth through whatever threatens their physical, sexual and mental wellbeing.