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October 21, 2020

Our hearts are with the family, friends and loved ones of Abdirahman Abdi following the recent verdict acquitting the OPS officer of all charges related to Abdirahman’s death. They have experienced a devastating loss and years of enduring this trial.

October 15, 2020

As a community health centre, Somerset West Co

June 9, 2020

Somerset West Community Health Centre stands alongside the Black community, and is committed to fighting anti-Black Racism and the systemic oppression of African Caribbean Black (ACB) people.

December 17, 2019

Councillor McKenney has recently tabled a notice of motion to City Council to declare a housing emergency.

July 16, 2019

RE: Carding Incident at the University of Ottawa

July 16, 2019

Somerset West Community Health Centre has a long-standing commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice. As such, we were saddened to hear of the recent incident of carding of a young black student at the University of Ottawa. Unfortunately, this incident is not isolated to just one campus or to just one part of the city.

May 24, 2019

$288,800 OTF Grant Helped Establish Peers Helping Peers Program

November 20, 2018

Read our full statement on the announcement of the closing of the Forward Family Shelter here.

October 19, 2018

On Oct. 9, we reached out to municipal candidates running in the Kitchissippi and Somerset wards in this year's election with a series of asks. 

Read their full responses here:

Ward 14 Somerset

Catherine McKenney

Ward 15 Kitchissippi 

December 4, 2017

New report card applauds city’s commitment to review licensing by-law for rooming houses, but finds rooming houses often fail to meet minimum standards for safety, affordability and maintenance


June 27, 2017


We're pleased to share that 2016-17 was another fruitful year at Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC). 

June 26, 2017

Published in the Centretown Buzz on June 23, 2017.

by Koreen Fahey from the Centretown Community Health Centre

June 16, 2017

By Andrea Prazmowski for the Kitchissippi Times

Published June 8, 2017

After years of searching, a community garden is finally putting down roots in Mechanicsville, thanks to the combined efforts of several organizations and a team of volunteers – and the rain, sunshine and good soil too.

June 12, 2017

We're hosting a FREE community street party to celebrate Somerset West Community Health Centre's 45th anniversary!  Everyone is welcome.

Drop by Rosemount Avenue on June 21st for a delicious BBQ, fun outdoor activities, face painting, local entertainers and artists, henna and more!

June 21, 2017

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

June 9, 2017

It's time to celebrate the many cultures that bring Canada to life!

In partnership with the African Canadian Association of Ottawa, we're hosting a free family event on June 24th to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada's 150th Anniversary.  Join us for dancing, music, cultural performances, and ethnic food at Strathcona Park!

May 19, 2017

Please note that Somerset West Community Health Centre will be closed Monday, May 22, 2017 for Victoria Day.  

Normal hours of operation resume on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

May 15, 2017

Published in the Centretown Buzz on May 13, 2017.

by Lisa Montroy

May 10, 2017

Please join us for Somerset West Community Health Centre's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday June 21st.   The AGM will be held at the Centre's Rosemount Branch. 

April 17, 2017

Somerset West Community Health Centre's Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre is thrilled to present its 3rd annual FREE Multicultural Health Fair in collaboration with the University of Ottawa.  This year's theme is Mental Health and Wellbeing.

April 13, 2017

Please note that Somerset West Community Health Centre will be closed Friday, April 14th.  We will resume regular hours of operation on Monday, April 17th 2017.

Happy Easter!

April 12, 2017

Published in the Centretown Buzz on April 7, 2017.

By Oriana Ngabirano and Tess Frémont-Côté

March 30, 2017

Published in the Centretown Buzz on March 19, 2017.

By Valérie Lévert-Gagnon

Centretown is home to a diverse community. If you venture out in the neighbourhood, you may have noticed a significant proportion of older citizens.

February 28, 2017

Published in the Centretown Buzz on February 17, 2017.

By Tess Frémont-Côté

In June 2016, the Board of Directors of Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) approved the possible expansion of the Centre’s harm reduction program to include supervised injection services (SIS).

February 17, 2017

We are in the midst of Canada's worst overdose epidemic.

February 13, 2017

At Somerset West Community Health Centre, we believe every person deserves access to safe health services. That's why we want to expand our harm reduction services to include supervised injection.