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What We Do: History of Crisis Centre North Bay

Detailed History of Crisis Centre North Bay

Crisis Centre North Bay is a registered charity which was incorporated in 1972 under the direction of a fifteen member Board of Directors. The objects of the Letters Patent were, and still are to "(a) assist persons in personal crisis by providing them with temporary room and board, and to establish, maintain and operate premises for such purposes, and (b) to provide such persons care, rehabilitation and other necessary services through inter-relationship with the staff while in temporary residence and to provide assistance to such persons in re-establishing themselves in the community."

Residential Programs:

Crisis Centre North Bay began with one residence trying to meet the needs of the homeless of North Bay. It still provides that service through the Four Elms Residence at 1675 Cassells Street. Crisis Centre North Bay also administers other residential Programs. The Nipissing Detention Centre provides Open Custody and Open Detention to males aged 12 to 17. The Futures Residence provides a lifeskills based home for young persons aged 16 to 24.

Non-Residential Programs:

Non-residential programs operated by Crisis Centre include: the Nipissing Supervised Access Centre providing supervised visitation space for custodial and non-custodial parents in North Bay, Mattawa and Sturgeon Falls. The Nipissing Attendance Centre provides after school and weekend programming in North Bay, Parry Sound, Huntsville and Sturgeon Falls to young persons in conflict with the law. The Community Transitional Housing Program assists individuals and families to find and keep safe affordable housing.


Funding for these programs is provided through the Province of Ontario (Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Attorney General), the Government of Canada (Correctional Services Canada) and the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.


Crisis Centre North Bay employs approximately 70 permanent staff and part-time casual staff. The corporation is operated by a 12 member Board comprised of community members under the administration of the Executive Director. Donations and fund raising remain a vital part of the Crisis Centre and receipts for tax purposes are issued for donations.

More About What We Do:

For more detailed information about  the history of Crisis Centre North Bay, and the programs and services offered please visit this web site or contact the Administration Office at: or (705) 472-6204.