Our History

Salus has always vigorously pursued its goal of improving the well-being of people with mental illness in our community.

With more than 45 years of experience, Salus has learned that comprehensive and integrated mental health and housing services promote an improved quality of life for individuals and enhances their participation within the community.



Ottawa Salus Corporation is formed by a dedicated group of concerned parents, social workers, and doctors in the Ottawa area.


Purchase of a Shared Living Home on Cooper Street that housed 10 residents.


Purchase of a Shared Living Home on Crichton Street that housed 12 residents.


Opening of Fisher Avenue Rehabilitation Home that housed 20 residents and also introduced new Recreation and rehabilitation services. Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing funding acquired by Salus.


Staff began working with clients not living in Salus housing.


Salus joined RCMS (Regional Case Management Services).


Staff relocated from houses to Salus Head Office and we began the separation of support services from housing services. Our housing services now governed by the Landlord and Tenant Act and we created the new position of Property Coordinator.


Purchase of house on James Street with 3 bachelor and 1 two-bedroom units.


Purchase of house on Flora Street that was converted into an apartment building.


  Purchase of a 14 unit apartment building on Lebreton Street North with support from the Community Foundation of Ottawa-Carleton, and the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Homelessness Initiative.


Land on Gladstone Avenue donated to Salus for $1.00 and the building of the 19 unit Millennium House begins. Occupational Therapy is added as a new service and a 10 unit building is purchased on Churchill Avenue.


Millennium House Grand Opening and the purchase of two apartment buildings on Rosemount Avenue with a total of 42 one-bedroom units. Recreation & Wellness services added for Salus clients.


Purchase of apartment building on Dorchester Avenue, while enhancing our Rehabilitation Programs.


Opening of Larkspur Female Shared Living Home. Introduction of teaching/respite apartments to assist with transitioning to independent living.


Fire destroys the Millennium House on Gladstone, leaving us to find temporary housing for 19 residents.


Rebuilding of the Salus Millennium House and the completion of a 40 unit apartment building on Athlone. We move into our new Salus Head Office on Scott Street.


Grove Transitional Rehabilitation Program (GTRP) opens, providing community mental health recovery and supports to the forensic mental health population.


Announce plans to build a new 42 unit apartment building on Clementine Avenue.


Opening of Karen’s Place on Clementine Avenue.