Youth programs employment recreation in West Ottawa at PQCHC


Education Programs

Pathways to Education™

The Pathways to Education Program® is an innovative, community-based program that helps young people succeed in and graduate from high school and move on to post-secondary education and/or meaningful employment.

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Homework Clubs

Homework Clubs are offered during the school year through Pinecrest-Queensway Community Houses.  Here, students ages 6 to 12 can find a safe and quiet space to complete homework assignments and develop strong study skills.

Foster Farm / Michele Heights / Morrison Gardens / Pinecrest Terrace / Winthrop Court

Get Your 40 Hours: Volunteer with PQCHC

Students interested in completing their 40 hours of compulsory volunteer service at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre must be 14 years of age.  We offer a wide variety of volunteer positions for Ottawa youth, allowing students to fulfil their school obligations while learning valuable employment skills, contributing to the community and having fun.

Employment Programs


The goal of this free program is to provide students in Ottawa’s west end aged 15 to 19 with a volunteer experience in the retail industry, so they can acquire the skills and experience necessary to finding part-time employment in the future. Each year, the Job1 places 16 youth from the PQCHC catchment area in work placements in retail stores in the west end of Ottawa.

Youth LEAD Employment Program

Youth LEAD assists permanent resident and refugee youth between the ages of 15-29 to develop skills and experience working in Canada.

Leadership Programs

United Sisters

United Sisters is an early intervention program for Ottawa girls aged 10  to 15.  The overall goal of the program is to provide opportunities for young girls to develop the skills to be confident, independent, and active members in their communities.

Somali Youth Support Project (SYSP)

The Somali Youth Support Project (SYSP) is a Somali community driven project operating out of Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre.  The goal of SYSP is to foster the health and integration of Somali youth living in the Pinecrest-Queensway catchment area by building on assets and partnerships in the community.

Community House Youth Drop-Ins

Youth Make It Happen: Youth Make it Happen is a program for youth ages 12 and up living in the communities of Foster Farm, Michele Heights, Morrison Gardens, Pinecrest Terrace and Winthrop Court.

Youth Recreation: The Youth Recreation program is available to youth ages 12 and up residing in the communities of Foster Farm, Michele Heights, Morrison Gardens, Pinecrest Terrace and Winthrop Court.

West End Youth Motivators (WE-YM)

The West-End Youth Motivators (WE-YM) are culturally diverse youth from the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre’s catchment area who are committed to making a difference in their communities. The focus of WE-YM is to identify issues important to Ottawa youth, raise awareness and take action.

Bayshore Youth Council (BYC)

The Bayshore Youth Council (BYC) is a volunteer group for west end youth aged 13 to 18 looking for ways to make a positive impact on their community while building valuable leadership skills.

Health Services

Sexual Health

The City of Ottawa’s free Sexual Health Centre has a number of satellite clinics around the city, one of which is hosted by Pinecrest-Queensway. The clinic offers discreet, sympathetic drop-in care and support to residents of Ottawa’s west end.

Pre- and Postnatal Health

Pinecrest-Queensway offers a variety of free health promotion programs designed to provide new and expecting parents with support, education and resources.