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Teen Challenge COVID-19 Update

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Contents ...
  1. Introduction
  2. Program Restrictions
  3. Recent Centre Updates/Closures
  4. Sponsorship
  5. Event & Ministry Team Updates
  6. More Information Regarding COVID-19
Updated: Monday, October 26, 2020

Over the last four months, the COVID-19 has significantly impacted all facets of life in Canada. However, as we slowly and carefully emerge from country-wide restrictions, Teen Challenge Canada is responding in kind with a return to offering its rehabilitation program to those in need.

By close collaboration with the local Public Health Units of our centres, Teen Challenge Canada aims to maintain safe and healthy centres and workplaces, by compliance with all health safety protocols and procedures, to protect our congregate living facilities. In addition, we are committed to sustaining our rehabilitation programs with operational continuity and encouraging an ethos of fairness, open communication and concern for the wellbeing of our students, guests and staff.

(See www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html for the latest updates on the virus).

National Intake

All centres are now OPEN to receive applications for admissions. However, during the pandemic, all centres are operating at a maximum of 50% bed capacity, in order to adhere to safe social distancing within the facility.

If you are seeking treatment at a Teen Challenge Canada Centre, there may be some additional protection measures you may need to undergo, to protect yourself and our centres. As well, some provincial mandates may continue to restrict inter-provincial travel. Our Intake Staff will guide you and inform you of any and all measures that make affect you, and your admission to our program.

Please visit our Admission page for help. https://www.teenchallenge.ca/get-help.

Guest Visits to our Centres

To ensure the health and safety of our current students, and in compliance with provincial mandates, visits to students are being permitted, with prescribed safety protocols, by invitation only through the Student. The Centre will provide all information required for the visit.

Student Passes

Students are being granted 12-hour day passes only at this point, and some overnight passes for special situations only, on a case-by-case basis.


Graduations services are being held at the Centre, but no visitors permitted. However, some centres, under provincial mandate, are hosting Graduations services at church facilities, for family, by invitation only. Special protocols are put in place for the safety of all individuals, as prescribed by provincial mandate.


Only volunteers who fulfill critical roles, as decided by the Centre Director, will be permitted at the Centres.

Student Participation/Work Therapy

Student involvement at off-site work therapy opportunities (such as the Teen Challenge Thrift Store, London, ON) will be determined by the Chief Program Officer.

Professional Appointments

All professional service appointments for students (including medical, dental, legal etc.) are being scheduled in keeping with local and provincial mandates, in the lifting of restrictions.

Ontario Men's Centre (London, ON) - Re-Opened!

In consultation with local health authorities, the Ontario Men's Centre has reopened and is now admitting new students.

If you attempting to get in contact with Ontario Men's Centre staff regarding Centre operations and/or student information, please email inquiry@teenchallenge.ca.

Other Teen Challenge Canada Centres - Open With Restrictions

All of our Teen Challenge Canada Centres (Aberta Men's Centre - Priddis, AB, Prairie Hope Women's Centre - Hague, SK, Saskatchewan Men's Centre - Allan, SK, Ontario North Men's Centre - Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Ontario Women's Centre, Aurora, ON, Atlantic Men's Centre - Memramcook, NB, and Atlantic Hope Women's Centre - St. John's, NL), remain open. Please click here for information regarding our reduced program status for all of our open Centres.

Please pray with us for the safety and health of all of our students and staff across Canada, and the wisdom needed for our ministry, as we navigate this difficult and unprecedented time.

Please check back to this website, as any changes in program approach or requirements will be reflected here immediately. Please be aware that we are attempting to respond to the ever changing landscape of this pandemic environment in a timely and responsible manner.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Teen Challenge Canada Centres are currently not able to accept hand delivered gifts or have visitors. However, we are encouraging our Sponsors (where possible), to write encouraging notes to their Sponsored Student(s), to let them know that they are being prayed for, as they to struggle with these unprecedented times, along with their daily struggles to find sobriety.

If you would like to write an encouraging note, please visit https://www.teenchallenge.ca/student-encouragement and we will see that your student receives it.

At especially this time, the incredible ongoing support we receive from our Sponsors and supporters is more important than ever, as we serve those in our care who are looking for freedom from addiction. Continuing the program is how students preserve the physical, mental and emotional gains our students have already made and keeps them moving towards permanent sobriety.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

All Teen Challenge Canada Sunday Morning Ministry/Choir Team events, lead by TCC staff with students, are cancelled until further notice.

However, in some regions we are offering 'Ministry Updates' where local Development staff will travel and share with your congregation through an on-site visit (if your church is having on-site services) or a short ministry video update.

For more information or questions, regarding our regional Ministry Teams and booking and/or availability, go to www.teenchallenge.ca/ministry-team-bookings

For more COVID-19 information around awareness and prevention measures, go to https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html.

Please know that Teen Challenge Canada takes the safety of our students, their families, our guests and our staff very seriously. Please continue to pray with us, as we seek wisdom in responding to the changing circumstances and for the health, safety and continuing progress of our students, their families and our staff.