Services for Indigenous Peoples

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society

Programs rooted in Indigenous practices for cultural connection and holistic healing /learning

Métis Natioin BC

Culturally relevant, social, and economic programs, and services for Métis communities.

Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency

Advice, support, and technical assistance to Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Peoples in Trades

Trades training and careers for Indigenous people in BC.

Okanagan Development Training Council

Employment-related training, programs, and services for Aboriginal individuals

Kootenay Kids - Aboriginal Early Intervention

Family gatherings, traditional parenting programs and home support for Aboriginal families in need

Selkirk College - Indigenous Services

Financial aid advice, community support, career counselling, and cultural activities for prospective and current Indigenous students.

Food Services

Nelson Community Food Centre

People facing adversity share, connect, and advocate around good food.

Our Daily Bread

Daily hot nutritious meals in a safe and welcoming environment.

Nelson and District Women's Centre

Drop-In Centre that includes coffee, tea, snacks and free nutritious food to take home

Meals on Wheels (Seniors)

Delivery of hot or frozen meals to seniors for a nominal cost.

St. Saviour's Food Pantry

Pre-packaged food in take-away bags every Friday (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
Salvation Army Community Services
601 Vernon Street, Nelson (lower level of building)
T: 250-352-3488

Food bank, Drop-in, Showers, and Hot Breakfast Program

• Monday: 10 am – 1 pm
• Tuesday: 10 am – 1 pm
• Wednesday: 10 am – 1 pm
• Thursday: 10 am – 1 pm

Farms to Families

312 Silica Street, Nelson
T: 250-352-6678

Coupon program for lower-income families, seniors and pregnant women to buy fresh, local food at BC farmers’ markets (July and August).

Shelter Services

Homelessness Prevention (Nelson Community Services

201 – 518 Lake Street, Nelson
T: 250-352-3504

Focuses on preventing homelessness for Women at-risk, Youth, Adults leaving institutional care, and People of Aboriginal descent

Affordable Housing (Nelson CARES Society)

521 Vernon Street, Nelson
T: 250-352-1608

Offers a number of affordable housing possibilities in the Nelson area.

Aimee Beaulieu Transition House

T: 250-354-4357

Temporary refuge for women and their children leaving relationship violence. Operated by Nelson Community Services.  

Stepping Stones Emergency Shelter

816 Vernon Street Nelson
T:  250-352-9876

A 24/7 emergency shelter for those who find themselves without safe housing in the West Kootenay area.


Services for Survivors of Violence/Abuse

Victim Services Unit

Crisis intervention, emotional support and preparation for court appearances for victims of crime.

The Advocacy Centre

Non-profit, community-based assistance to victims
of relationship violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Nelson Community Services

Stopping the Violence Women’s Counselling, Child and Youth Counselling, and Family
Counselling programs.

Aimee Beaulieu Transition House

Temporary shelter for women and children leaving domestic violence

Nelson and District Women's Centre

Drop-in, Trans Resource and Community
Engagement Space, and access to peer counselling.

Nelson Mental Health and Substance Use


Mental health and substance use
services for all ages.
Call for an intake.

MCFD Child Protection Services


Call if you think a child or youth (under 19 years of age) is being abused

Services for Francophones

AFKO– Association des Francophones des Kootenays Ouest

Relie les Francophones et les Francophiles grâce a des activités socioculturelles, éducatives et communautaires.

Annuaire des services en français en BC

La façon simple de trouver un professionnel Francophone près de chez vous!

Fédération des Francophones de la BC

L’organisation mère des 40 Associations Francophones partout en CB.

Vivre en Colombie-Britannique

Programme d’immigration pour les Francophones en CB.


Connecter les Francophones aux professionnels de la santé en CB.


Développez vos compétences en Anglais grâce à ce programme d’Anglais Langue Seconde.


Services de soutien aux femmes Francophones victimes de violence en CB/Yukon.

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Support aux citoyens de tous âges à améliorer leurs compétences en littératie afin de s’engager dans leur apprentissage tout au long de leur vie.

Conseil Scolaire Francophone de BC

Conseil Scolaire pour toutes les écoles Francophones de la CB.

Nelson Public Library – Pronunciator

Une façon amusante d’apprendre l’une des 163 langues avec des cours, des films et de la musique personnalisés.

Services for Young Adults

Freedom Quest Youth Services

Counselling and Programming for Youth

Nelson Community Services

Free counselling
for children/
youth, and outreach services for School District 8.

ARC Programs

Support, intervention, treatment and rehabilitative services for children,
youth and families.

Cicada Place

10 furnished units for youth (16-22) to live independently in a supportive

Nelson and District Youth Centre

A fun, safe , accepting youth centre with ramp sports, lessons and special events.

Foundry BC

Free and confidential support for young people ages 12-24 with mental health care and social services – both in person and online all across BC.

Kids Help Phone


Children and teens can speak to a counsellor day or night.

Suicide Prevention


Call anytime if anyone needs to talk about suicidal thoughts or ideas.

Youth in BC Distress Line

1-866-872-0113 (toll-free)

Speak with counsellors and trained volunteers who are committed to helping youth in crisis, 24 hours a day.

Find out more

Smart Launch is a free program for
Young Adults that offers
and job search support.

Find out more

Get paid to get trained!
Employment training for young adults
between the ages of 15 and 30.

Services for LGBTQI2S+


Support & Advocacy, Harm Reduction, Trans Connect, and Prevention & Education

Trans Connect

A transgender, intersex, and gender diverse support program through ANKORS


Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit folks looking for a sense of community coming together to meet, guide, and support each other.

Disability Services

BC Association for Community Living

Promotes the participation of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life

Canadian Society for Social Development

Employment and skills training for persons facing challenges to employment.

Community Futures - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Small business loans for people with disabilities who are interested in starting their own business.

Neil Squire Society

Computer assistive technologies, research and development, and employment programs for persons with physical disabilities

Disability Alliance BC

Supports people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Nelson Friendship Outreach Clubhouse

Drop-in centre for activities and adult community support.

Entreprenurial/Self-Employment Services

Community Futures - Central Kootenay

Small business loans, business counseling and specialized services to start or grow a business.

Columbia Basin Trust

Grants and programs that support the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin.

Make a Change

Self-employment and technical skills training programs for persons with disabilities or with barriers to employment.

Upper Columbia Co-operative Council

Works locally with co-ops to strengthen and raise awareness of the region’s vibrant co-op sector.

Women’s Enterprise Centre

Non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business.

Kootenay Association for Science & Technology

Non-ptofit tech association that leads local economic development through technology and innovation.