OFRF Mission, Vision, and Values

The Ottawa First Responders Foundation aims to augment the services and support provided to first responders.

Our Mission

The Ottawa First Responders Foundation aims to augment the services and support provided to the Ottawa First Responder Family by collaborating to provide:

  • Peer Support
  • Informed Clinical Support
  • Education

Our Vision

The Ottawa First Responders aims to be the benchmark by which other organizations measure the support and strategies they are providing to foster resilience, decrease suicide and increase the quality of life in the first responder family. By sourcing stable funding, creating a standardized and unified group, providing education within the first responder community, retirees and veterans of the community and externally to stakeholders, mental health in first responders will thrive.

Our Values

In all areas of the Ottawa First Responders Foundation, the Foundation strives to be:

  • Supportive
  • Responsive
  • Collaborative
  • Informative
  • Transparent

Ottawa First Responders Support & Family Assistance Fund

In support of these pillars, we are launching a program to augment the care that first responders receive. The goal is to extend the clinical support currently offered by government assistance programs.

Our Goal
To provide funding to those individuals who cannot afford access to the services of a professional mental health professional defined as:

  • Psychologist
  • Certified Psychotherapist, Social Worker or previously OFRF approved clinician

Funding Eligibility
Anyone currently serving in any one of the following occupations and or in a support role for the following (Family members are also eligible):

  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Police

Please note: Financial assistance is not guaranteed. All requests will be considered and successful payment will depend on available funds and approval by the Board of Directors.

To Access Funding
Funding requests must be submitted by a mental health professional. Requests must be submitted in writing & must include:

  • Name of Mental Health professional
  • Contact information of the Mental Health Professional
  • Name of Patient
  • Occupation of Patient
  • Patients contact information (for audit purposes)
  • Number of sessions required
  • Amount of funding requested

All cheques will be made payable to the Mental Health professional that has requested the funding. Funding will be capped at a pre-determined amount.

If you are a first responder and would like to apply for assistance, please have your clinician submit your information to president@ottawafrf.ca.

In this family, no one stands alone.