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Guelph CHC

Our Vision

A community without barriers to health and wellbeing.

Our Mission

We reduce health inequities by providing interprofessional primary health services and community programs, focused on our priority populations, in collaboration with community partners.

Our Values

InnovationAccountabilityPerson-CentredHealth PromotionExcellenceSustainabilityAccessibility

Are you passionate about the Guelph CHC’s Vision, Mission and Values and working with our priority populations who are: homeless or at risk of homelessness, low income, newcomers to Canada with language barriers, moderate to severe mental health and/or addiction issues, moderate to severe disabilities, without access to primary care, aboriginal communities, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, LGBTQ+ populations, other marginalized groups, and vulnerable children and their families experiencing violence, family conflict, social isolation and attachment struggles?  If you are passionate about Guelph CHC’s Vision, Mission, Values and priority populations and meet the below qualifications, we want to hear from you!

The Guelph CHC in partnership with several organizations, is operating a low-barrier, accessible Health Hub geared to meeting the comprehensive primary care needs of individuals struggling with complex issues including, mental health, addictions, homelessness, and poverty.  Clients coming to this clinic will have access to a comprehensive primary care team, including primary care providers, psychiatry, nurses, social workers and/or certified addictions counselling and/or equivalent work experience, outreach workers, peers and others who will work together to provide wrap-around care for clients and will be empowered to find creative solutions to quickly and effectively meet client needs.

Nested within the Hub is the Safer Supply Program, which is a harm reduction approach to addressing the overdose crisis. The goal of this program is to replace contaminated street drugs with safer prescription alternatives. Safer supply programs have been shown to be a powerful catalyst for engagement of clients, enabling connections to housing, employment and healthcare, supported by wraparound team-based care supports that are so integral to the program, and client’s success. The Safer Supply Program Social Worker sees clients of the program to provide trauma informed counselling, holistic assessment, connections to needed community services, and case management support.

The Safer Supply Social Worker:

  • Is passionate about working with this client population
  • Is flexible and adaptive
  • Is a creative problem solver
  • Is committed to working from a harm-reduction philosophy of care
  • Believes in the value of team-based care and enjoys working in an environment that empowers all members of the team to contribute in meaningful ways
  • Enjoys being part of building something new, and has energy to provide leadership to getting this new program off the ground


  • Maximizes the functioning and independence of clients by providing psychosocial counselling using a trauma informed lens.
  • Provides crisis, short term, and ongoing care to clients utilizing a variety  of counselling techniques including motivational interviewing, CBT, DBT, ACT, etc.
  • Ensures clients receive community support, and health, social and recreational services to which they are entitled, by acting as a client advocate.
  • Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing consultation and services to the Safer Supply Team
  • Develops stage-matched, client centred care plans
  • Ensures appropriate treatment is delivered and maintains client records and correspondence within the safeguard of confidentiality.


  • Masters of Social Work and/or Certified Addictions Counsellor and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Three to five years’ experience working with individuals who use substances in a community based setting
  • Practices from a foundation informed by strengths based, trauma informed and harm reduction perspectives.
  • Thorough knowledge of, and proficiency in, trauma counselling, holistic assessment, and system based thinking.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of community resources, preferably Guelph and Wellington County resources.
  • Ability to complete GAINS assessment considered an asset
  • This role requires the successful applicant to be self-directed and highly motivated
  • Ability to set goals and get results within a set timeline
  • Ability to multitask and work independently
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Effective time management, decision making and organizational skills
  • A good team member and supportive of interdisciplinary practice.
  • High level of confidentiality
  • Flexible towards change

If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume and cover letter, outlining how your skills, qualifications and experience meet the position requirements...

Please visit our website at and apply using the online application tool.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

We thank, in advance, those who apply, but will contact only those who qualify for interviews.

We require that all finalist applicants undergo a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screen through their local Police Services Branch prior to start date.

How to apply: 

Please visit our website at and apply using the online application tool.