Parents, babies and children 0-6

At the LCRC we offer a range of services and supports for parents, guardians, caregivers, pregnant mothers, babies, toddlers and children. All our services are free and provided in both official languages.

Early Years Program

The Early Years Program promotes the healthy development of children from 0 to 6 years while preparing them for school. The project is also geared to support parents and caregivers by offering educational tools and resources, such as workshops on parenting and playgroups.

Lowertown parents share how our programs help them nurture parent-child connections.

Bilingual Parent-Baby Playgroup
The program focuses on topics such as: child development, nutrition, sleep routines, baby massage and other aspects of the life of new parents.

French Playgroups for children up to 6 years of age and their childcare providers, parents or grandparents.

Community House

The Community House (located at 145 Beausoleil Street) provides educational, recreational and social programs that meet the needs of the residents of Lowertown East. The Community House also offers a physical space for residents that facilitates the identification of community needs, encourages the social integration of its members and promotes harmony and greater community participation.

Boundaries for the Community House services: St Patrick Street (North) to Rideau Street (South) and Vanier Parkway (East) to King Edward Street (West).

Boundaries for the Food Distribution Program: same as for all other services plus the Byward Market area from Boteler Street (North) to George Street (South) and Kind Edward Street (East) to Sussex Parkway (West).

Millennium Learning Centre
Free access to computers, printer, photocopier and the Internet.

Computer Support

Intake Services

How Do You Want You Like Your Eggs?
Free breakfast à la carte every Monday from 9:30 to 11:30.

Food Distribution
We offer emergency food supplies (full once a month and extras every week based on availability) to Lowertown residents (see boundaries/catchment area).

Emergency access to Kitchen and Laundry Room
Available to Lowertown Residents and families staying in Econolodge. Call us for additional information and availability.


Our Intake Program provides information, advocacy, and referral services within the LCRC and to external agencies. Our social workers also offer emergency support and services, as well as crisis and short term counselling for individuals and families.

Lowertown Good Food Box Program
Fresh fruits and vegetables buying a club that offers each month, to everybody interested, the possibility of getting fresh fruits and vegetables at a lower cost (boxes of $10, $15, $20 or $25 organic and $5 fruit bags).

Families and low-income individuals can come at the LCRC to apply for this program. It gives a monthly credit to lower directly the cost of the Hydro Ottawa bill. Please call for the complete list of documents to bring.

Caring & Sharing and Toy Mountain
This program offers Giant Tiger Gift certificates or Hampers, as well as toys from Toy Mountain to families who qualify. Referral criterias are low-income revenue, living in LCRC catchment area, and being the legal guardian or parents of the children
(referral for the toys). Please bring documents to register.

Back to School Program – Sharing in Student Success (SISS)
Provides school supplies for Lowertown youth (Kindergarten to 8th grade). Registration required.

Important note: Intake Services offered later on Thursdays: 4 pm to 6:30 pm. We do not offer services during lunchtime (11:30 am – 1 pm).

Community Development

The Community Development Program supports community based groups and organizations, engages in social action and the identification of community needs and future project development.

Community Gardens

Beginning each spring, people interested in gardening come together to work in the Community Gardens. From planting to harvesting, the people meet and work together to do the tasks needed in order to get a bountiful garden.

Income Tax Clinics

Every year, every Tuesday night from February to April, the LCRC offers Income Tax Clinics where low-income people can have their tax forms filled by volunteers free of charge.

Lowertown World Music Evenings

A free, fun-filled evening of activities and performances celebrating our community diversity through music.

Lowertown Celebration

In collaboration with community partners, this annual Celebration in the Jules Morin Park includes a BBQ, activities for children, music, performances and an opportunity to come together.