Celebrating 65 Incredible Years Supporting Women!

Since 1951, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa has been providing assistance to women involved in the criminal justice system and those at risk of coming into conflict with the law. We provide practical and effective support services for women incarcerated in provincial and federal institutions, and for women in Ottawa.



The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa works with young and adult women, who have been or may become criminalized, to reduce harm and oppression, and to contribute to a healthy community.

Values and Guiding Principles

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is a feminist organization committed to the following values:

  • To work from a human rights and anti-oppression perspective, recognizing systemic barriers that lead to marginalization.
  • To work from a client-centered perspective.
  • To promote a respectful, diverse and inclusive environment.
  • To recruit and retain skilled employees and foster an engaged workplace.
  • To work in partnership with the greater community, and to take a holistic approach to policies and programming.
  • To respect our clients and partners by providing comprehensive and complementary services.


The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is a leader in the social justice movement and a voice for social change.



The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is the grateful recipient of funding from:

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News & Events

Prisoners Justice Day- August 10,2018 !!!



Lotus House is in need of In-kind, new donations for our Bail Bed Residence:

Window Coverings

Mattress Sets

Twin Bed Frame


Night Stands



United Way Ottawa is engaging in a final campaign push through a focus on Mental Health, Addictions and Crisis Supports services, specifically targeting highlighting the need to lower wait times for much needed services in this area. Please click on the link to read the full information of mental health, addictions and and crisis supports service. https://www.unitedwayottawa.ca/mental-health/



Please click on the link to wathch the full episode of prisons and mental health




For release on June 1, 2016 after Minister Naqvi’s release of OCDC Task Force Recommendations - Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa response to Task Force on OCDC . Please click here to read details of EFry press release in French and English .

Segregation limits, bail reform among 42 recommendations by Ottawa jail task force