PORTAGE ONTARIO

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation for Adolescents in Ontario

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.

Ontario Adolescent Centre
6681 Irvine Street
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Tel.: 519-846-0945
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Testimonials

"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

“I have found my true self here”

11-04-2019

It is a great honour for me to be welcomed into the Portage family. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to walk the journey to recovery here. Our philosophy states that “I have come here to find myself” and I feel very strongly that I have found my true self here. I come… Read more »

Pedal for Portage

Pedal for Portage 2019

11-01-2019

The 2nd annual Pedal for Portage cycling event in Elora took place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. And what a weekend it was! Over 120 cyclists and volunteers took to one three road/trail routes in Centre Wellington in support of Portage’s residential substance abuse rehabilitation centre for Ontario youth in Elora. It raised $75,000 in… Read more »

Portage Youth learn seamanship over the summer!

09-16-2019

Portage Ontario and the Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders have partnered to offer youth in Elora’s Rehabilitation Centre a sailing initiation program. The goal is to allow young people who have lived though times to discover a unique activity in an exceptional setting. Founded in 1998, Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders is a… 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
  • Matthew Linton
  • Michael Mundy
  • Adam Newman
  • Lousanne Rodé
  • Colin Stairs
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