Harm Reduction Support Workers
NorWest Community Health Centres
Thunder Bay, ON

One of a network of over 75 provincial community health centres, the NorWest Community Health Centres is a community based, non-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the North West Local Health Integration Network, emphasizing access to primary health care and prevention programs and services. These are contract positions until March 31, 2020 and renewed based on available funding.

NWCHC’s is seeking compassionate, committed individuals who will work in the Thunder Bay Consumption Treatment Services (CTS) site. The CTS Harm Reduction Support Worker will be responsible for the daily work of the CTS site, and will respond to overdoses, distribute harm reduction supplies, provide harm reduction education, and make referrals to additional services. The position will engage collaboratively with NWCHC’s interdisciplinary team members and service providers, as well as with service users. The CTS Harm Reduction Support Worker will coordinate group programming, activities and facilitate connections with other relevant organizations to increase access to supports and services for clients accessing the CTS site. The CTS Harm Reduction Support Worker will work closely with the Rapid Access Addictions Medicine program, PHAC Harm Reduction staff, Superior Points and other community programs.


  • 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, specifically injection drug use.
  • Experience utilizing harm reduction principles and strategies.
  • Experience working with peers an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to de-escalate conflict.
  • Knowledge of community services and resources; strong advocacy skills.
  • Strong communication skills; 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.
  • Post-secondary education in social services, justice, or related field.
  • Respects and values the diversity of communities and individuals.

How to Apply - Please Specify Job Title in Email Subject Line

The deadline for applicants is Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

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

NWCHC’s is an equal opportunity employer. We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract


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