SEPTEMBER 22, 2018


Participants can choose to cycle the glorious paths along the Grand River or the scenic country roads of Wellington County. Festivities take place at Grand River Raceway and include a complimentary continental breakfast and barbeque lunch.

Your registration fee will cover costs related to the ride. All cyclists (18+ yrs.) are required to raise $75 for youth addiction. Receive an event T-shirt as our thanks! Additional incentives await those who raise $250 or more. And more support means more youth can receive the help they need at Portage – free of charge – and give families back their children. It’s easy and we’ll show you how.

Be part of a community ready to bring awareness to the Portage Residential Treatment Centre in Elora and support vulnerable Ontario youth working to combat their substance dependency and go on to lead healthy, productive and drug-free lives.

For information contact:

416-531-1333 or 519-501-5135

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.

We all know someone, whether a family member, friend, or colleague, who has been affected by addiction in some way. It wreaks havoc on our society and it is our shared responsibility to help young people who are suffering before it’s too late. At Portage, they can acquire the skills to free themselves from the grasp of addiction. It will assure them a better future, and benefit all of society.

We’d like to share the stories of a few of our alumni and how Portage changed their lives:  Dustin’s Story    Samantha’s Story    Vince’s Story


Dustin's Story

Dustin’s story starts the same as many kids’ stories do. But Dustin went deeper. Anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses were being fueled by addiction...    

Samantha's Story

Samantha describes her rock bottom as an “Existential Crisis” – that her life didn’t matter – One day she would be forgotten, so why try to be remembered?  

Vince's Story

Life always seemed like a challenge – one wrought with pain and anger. A physical response felt like the right thing.


"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

About Portage - Collaboration

Family Support Day


Families play a critical role in a resident’s treatment and reintegration back into the community. A resident’s family becomes part of the larger Portage family and on Saturday, June 10th, families, residents and Portage staff came together for a Family Support Day. Activities included a BBQ and a plethora of games including volleyball, a balloon… Read more »

Making Connections at the 5TH Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference


Portage Ontario was proud to be a Bronze sponsor & attendee at the Addictions and Mental Health Conference held in Toronto May 28th through 30th. Our admissions team hosted an information booth for the 350 representatives from 220 Ontario addiction and mental health organisations that were in attendance. “Stronger Connections – Communities Working Together” was… Read more »

Recognising Cultural Diversity at Portage


In addition to being a residential drug addiction rehabilitation program that focuses on helping vulnerable youth to stop using drugs, Portage Ontario is about empowering its residents to develop a healthy lifestyle – eating well, sleeping well, and enjoying social and recreational activities. Portage works hard to offer diverse programming so that youth can learn… 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 Todd Nishimura. 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.

  • Todd Nishimura, Chair
  • Peter Howlett, President of Portage
  • Richard Bowden
  • Elaine Casavant
  • Piera Morra
  • Michael Mundy
  • Colin Stairs
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