ABOUT US

WHY DID WE START?

The Collective Justice Centre recognizes that the problems many working class people face are not individual or isolated problems. They are systemic. When the rent goes up, it hurts all of us. The only way to address these issues in a meaningful and lasting way is by organizing among ourselves. If we don’t organize, we’ll continue to face these attacks on a daily basis.

WHY ORGANIZE?

For decades, politicians and social service agencies have failed to defend the interests of working class and people of colour. The Collective Justice Centre has come together to have our neighbours’ backs. We are not alone in the issues that we face, and together we can stand strong and defend ourselves.

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

The CJC’s mission is to advance collective justice by fostering an engaged and empowered community in the neighbourhood. Driven by youth who grew up in the area and locating the centre within close proximity to the majority of neighbourhood residents, the CJC will engage with neighbours on justice issues and work collaboratively, using community organizing and decolonizing approaches, to identify and address practices and structures of exploitation, oppression, domination, and discrimination.

WHAT IS OUR VISION?

The CJC’s vision is a neighbourhood-based centre that will promote independent collective organizing as an approach to improve the daily conditions for working class people. The Centre will advance our collective interests by building trust and overcoming false divisions between our neighbours.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

The Collective Justice Centre is open to any working class person who could use support in their daily life. The Collective Justice Centre is run by your neighbours, and we can only exist if we support each other. Come out to a drop-in, share your thoughts, spread awareness and start organizing!
Donations can be made through the “Donate” tab of our menu that will redirect to partnered organization the Herongate Tenant Collation.

OUR SERVICES

Drop-Ins

Come speak with us directly at our current location. We provide support to help our neighbours confront issues like rent increases, disrepair, and mass evictions.

Free Legal Aid

We have partnered with the University of Ottawa faculty of law for FREE legal advice on anything from rent increases and evictions to employment and immigration.

Organize

You are not alone! We defend, educate and empower residents by organizing to improve our collective conditions as a united front.

Community

Everyone is welcome. We encourage all our neighbors to use our space to gather, socialize, exchange knowledge and experiences, and enjoy a sense of community.

 

 

 

WHERE TO FIND US:

Albion Heatherington Centre

1560 Heatherington Road, Ottawa ON. K1V 9P5

 

HOURS:

Friday: 6PM-8PM