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Harm Reduction Outreach Worker: Path 525 (Consumption and Treatment Services) Site

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NorWest Community Health Centres

Harm Reduction Outreach Worker: Path 525 (Consumption and Treatment Services) Site
Thunder Bay Site

One of a network of provincial community health centres, the NorWest Community Health Centres is a community based, non-profit organization funded by Ontario Health, emphasizing access to primary health care and prevention programs and services.

We are currently seeking a 1 FTE Harm Reduction Outreach Worker who, as a valuable member of the Community Health Centre team, will provide services within the Peer Support Worker scope of practice at the Thunder Bay site. There is a strong emphasis on harm reduction, disease prevention, health promotion and education and community partnerships.


  • Preference will be given to individuals with lived or family experience with mental health, addictions and/or recovery, or individuals working with vulnerable populations.
  • Proven experience with overdose prevention and response, and training in/experience with Naloxone administration.
  • Physical ability to provide support in an overdose situation.
  • Experience and knowledge of drug use, alcohol use, risky behaviours and harm reduction supplies.
  • Volunteer or work experience within a harm reduction framework.
  • Experience utilizing harm reduction principles and strategies.
  • Experience providing peer-to-peer support.
  • Demonstrated ability to de-escalate conflict.
  • Confidence in asserting oneself and maintaining strong boundaries.
  • Knowledge of community services and resources; strong advocacy skills. 
  • Strong communication skills; able to actively and accurately listen.
  • Demonstrated display of sensitivity to others.
  • Open, non-judgmental and willing to learn.
  • Basic computer skills, including email. 
  • Lived experience as (or working with people who reflect) our priority client population: racialized people, indigenous people, people who engage in sex work, prisoners/ex-prisoners, people with mental health issues, and people who have experienced trauma, people who have experienced homelessness or street involvement would be an asset.
  • Respects and values the diversity of communities and individuals.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to health issues particularly within individuals who face barriers to accessing care (under housed, living with mental health challenges or diagnoses, current or past substance use, complex health histories, 2SLGBTQI+, newcomers, non-insured).
  • A current driver's license and ability to a vehicle to travel to designated outreach sites.

How to Apply

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The deadline for applicants is Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
This position will remain open until filled.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three work reference contacts to:

Debbie Inman, Manager of Human Resources, CHRL
NorWest Community Health Centres
525 Simpson Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 3J6
FAX: 622-7637 E-mail:

Full Covid-19 vaccination verification required, subject to any contraindications that are medically supported.

NWCHC’s is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process. We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.