St. Stephen's Community House

Part of

The Neighbourhood Group Neighbourhoods Working Together

Peer Program

Peer Training and Development

Our Peer Training and Development Program supports people with lived experience of substance use through skill development and meaningful involvement.

Each year, 36 people are trained to learn more about harm reduction and how to support community members. The program includes:

  • Training Series: An in-depth, 20-session program with topics ranging from Empathy, Harm Reduction, Boundaries, Conflict Resolution, Advocacy, and several other subjects. Each training session is two hours and is held two times per week.

  • Placement:  Short-term (3-5 hours per week) paid placement opportunities for qualified training graduates in a variety of settings including drop-ins, harm reduction services and supportive housing.

  • Individualized Support: Includes weekly peer group debriefing, personal goal development and regular check-ins with Coordinator

To join the Peer Training and Development Program, participants must:

  • Identify with having lived experience related to substance use
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Access programs at St. Stephen’s Urban Health & Homelessness Services 
    • Be housed within the Addictions Supportive Housing (ASH) stream of the Access Point housing application 

Here are the upcoming periods when we are accepting applications:

  • September 13-23, 2021
  • January 3-13, 2022
  • April 11-21, 2022
  • August 15-25, 2022
  • November 28-December 8, 2022

For more information, please contact Michael at or 647-678-7032.