Opportunity Changes Everything

About BGC

Opportunity Changes Everything

For 100 years, BGC Ottawa, a registered charity, has provided programming directly to children and youth in vulnerable neighbourhoods.

FREE Community-based services. Positive relationships. Life-changing programs. As one of Ottawa’s largest child and youth-serving charitable organizations, BGC Ottawa provides vital programs and services to an annual average of 5,000 young Members each year. The Club serves 19 neighbourhoods. BGC Ottawa operates four clubhouses located throughout the city, a satellite location in Kanata and Camp Smitty, our overnight camp in Eganville.

We provide safe, supportive places where all kids and teens, of all backgrounds, can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, and develop confidence and skills for life. From anti-racism to Reconciliation to 2SLGBTQ+, food security to scholarships to job readiness, our Clubs battle systemic issues with systemic solutions—equity, acceptance, support, opportunity. BGC Ottawa is about Systemic Opportunity.

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BGC Ottawa Membership and programs are completely

To provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

All children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be their best selves.

Our core values


We welcome everyone in a safe, accepting environment based on belonging and positive relationships.


We ensure that everyone - children, youth, families, volunteers, staff - is heard, valued, and treated fairly.


We encourage and support every child and youth to play, learn, and grow to achieve their dreams.

Working Together

We work together with young families, volunteers, our communities, and government.

Speaking Out

We speak out for our children, youth, and families, so that we can make our world better.

Club History

100 years… it’s hard to believe that BGC Ottawa has been around for a century!

From where we came from… a Boy’s Club and Camp for youth where they could participate in boxing matches, hockey games and hone their woodworking skills. To a club that provides safe, supportive places where all kids and teens can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers and develop confidence and skills for life.

Dive into our history to learn more about the people and moments that have helped shape who we are, and why the Club is important to Ottawa, the communities we serve and the tens of thousands of Members who have walked through our doors.

View our Full History
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