Portage Ontario

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program for Ontario Youth

Portage Ontario

Portage Ontario, a non-profit organisation established in 1985, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for youth in Elora, Ontario.

In the therapeutic community environment, residents work through the underlying issues that caused their substance abuse and develop a set of social competencies that will help them deal with the challenges of everyday life without resorting to drug abuse. They develop the self-esteem and confidence to go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives.

The Portage Elora treatment centre serves Ontario youth referred by parents, schools, family physicians, hospitals, other addiction-treatment and youth-serving agencies, as well as Youth Justice and the Children's Aid Society.


"I believe that success is a journey not a destination. Coming to Portage was one of the hardest decisions of my life.  The Portage program helped me to realise that it wasn’t just the drugs that were the problem; it was also how I viewed myself. Over time in the program I gained confidence and when I left, it was with my head held high. I’m a year and 7 months sober. I don’t think I would have made it here today if it weren’t for Portage. There have been some rocky roads and some flat tires on my journey, and I haven’t reached my destination yet.  But I’m well on my way, thanks to Portage.” - Tyler
“The staff members were supportive and I learned to trust them. I learned to respect myself more and learned many coping mechanisms to overcome my addiction and to distance myself from negative friends. Thanks to Portage, I learned to use my stubbornness in a positive way to push myself. I am here today to tell you that I survived.” - Julie
"Throughout the program, I began to see that I was as valuable as anyone else. I have learned how to understand others and how to ask for help. I know that I can’t do it by myself, but because of the family I’ve gained at Portage, I know I won’t have to." - Cardier
"Since I came to Portage I've stopped using drugs, I've stopped talking to negative people. I started becoming more independent and respecting others and myself, learning basic skills of life and just having fun without being high." - Jennifer

Portage Ontario News


Staff members connect with the community


On September 17, staff members from Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation centre for anglophone youth in Québec manned a booth at an event in Little Burgundy. It was a great opportunity for Portage to connect with the community and reach out to those in need.


Back to school 2016


At the beginning of September, Portage Academy students and teachers were back at school. All Portage centres for youth offer mandatory on-site school programming, recognised by local school boards and adapted to the needs of the residents. Whereas in the past many Portage residents have struggled with school and some have even abandoned their studies altogether,… Read more »


International Overdose Awareness Day 2016


Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a good day to remind you that if you or a loved one has a drug addiction problem, it’s important to reach out for help. We know that it’s hard to ask for help. It’s hard to admit that you have a problem. But it’s an essential first step… Read more »

Portage Ontario Foundation

Portage Ontario’s drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth is financed in part by the Portage Ontario Foundation, which raises funds through individual and corporate donations as well as fundraising activities.

Portage Ontario Board

The Portage Ontario Board of Directors is chaired by Harriet Stairs. The Board is made up of dedicated volunteers who are involved in their local communities and who ensure the proper governance of Portage activities in Ontario.

  • Harriet Stairs, Chair
  • Peter Howlett, President of Portage
  • Clarke Addison
  • Alice Adelkind
  • Richard Bowden
  • Peter Caven
  • Piera Morra
  • Michael Mundy
  • Eric Nachman
  • Gabriel Nachman
  • Todd Nishimura
  • Peter O'Brien
  • Colin Stairs
  • Mary Usher-Jones