Canada is home to a number of community groups serving people who are affected by eating disorders. This resource is intended to help identify free and low-cost community-based supports. The services offered by these organizations that we’ve chosen to outline are primarily support groups for people affected by eating disorders and/or disordered eating, and for family, friends, and loved ones. Unless otherwise indicated, all services are non-clinical in nature (i.e. not treatment) and free of cost or publicly-funded. These community-based supports can be accessed without a diagnosis or referral.
Organizations have been categorized based on their catchment areas. Some organizations can be found under “National” if they have some services available to anyone in Canada. Listings under “National” will only describe the specific services accessible for those residing outside of the organization’s host region. For an expanded description of an organization’s regional and national services, please visit the listing under the specific province/territory.
Body Brave is a community-based organization providing free virtual support for people ages 17+. Anyone in the country can access online educational workshops, recovery sessions co-led by people with lived experience, and guided self-help through a privacy-protected online platform. Visit here to learn more.
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia (EDNS) is a community-based organization that offers virtual peer support for individuals 16+ and for their families, friends, and partners. They also engage in community education and advocacy initiatives. Visit here to learn more.
The Looking Glass Foundation strives to support individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating by providing various support programs for people in Canada, ages 14+. Visit here to learn more.
NIED assists and supports people coping with the effects of Eating Disorders by providing access to educational, informational and other recovery-oriented resources related to the prevention and treatment of Eating Disorders and related mental illnesses in Canada. Visit here to learn more.
Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) is a community-based, non-profit organization that serves as a hub for people 18+ in Alberta who are affected – directly and indirectly – by eating disorders. In addition to providing information and guidance, EDSNA runs support groups in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as on an online platform. All groups have a small associated fee which can be waived if there is financial hardship. Visit here to learn more.
Calgary Silver Linings Foundation bridges gaps in accessibility and care of eating disorders in Alberta by offering support groups for teens (14-17), adults, and caregivers/loved ones. All groups require registration and take place over the course of several weeks. All groups have an associated fee but financial assistance is available if needed. Visit here to learn more.
Jessie’s Legacy, a program of Family Services of the North Shore, provides eating disorders prevention education, resources and support for BC youth, families, educators and professionals. Jessie’s Legacy services and resources are primarily web-based. In addition, they provide media watch (through social media), online and telephone support, psychoeducation groups, as well as a Speakers Bureau. Visit here to learn more.
Kelty Mental Health helps families across the province navigate the mental health system, connect with peer support, and access resources and tools for every stage of the eating disorder journey. Visit here to learn more.
The Looking Glass Foundation strives to support individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating by providing various support and treatment programs for people in Canada, ages 14+. For BC residents, services available include individual counselling and residential care. Visit here to learn more.
WHC Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention & Recovery Program is a government funded, community-based treatment program at Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg. Their program is for all genders: women, men, trans, and non-binary people. Women’s Health Clinic also provides consultation through telephone and email to families and health care providers (mental health, primary health, allied health professionals) in rural Manitoba. Visit here to learn more.
The Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (EDFNL) is a leadership advocacy group dedicated to promoting research and providing public support services and information about matters related to eating disorders, including information on available treatment services for individuals of all ages and their families who experience disordered eating. Visit here to learn more.
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia (EDNS) is a community-based organization that offers peer support for individuals 16+ virtually and 18+ in person, as well as for their families, friends, and partners. They also engage in community education and advocacy initiatives. Visit here to learn more.
The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) is a not-for-profit, registered charity, community-based organization servicing Windsor-Essex County in Ontario, Canada. Since 1983, they have been committed to the provision of specialized treatment, education and support services for individuals affected directly and indirectly by eating disorders. Visit here to learn more.
Body Brave is a community-based organization providing treatment and support for people ages 17+ that is free of charge or covered by OHIP. Body Brave’s model of care varies depending on your needs and preferences. After registering for their online platform, you can access online educational workshops, recovery sessions co-led by people with lived experience, and guided self-help. If more intensive support is needed, you can book a clinical intake to potentially access 8-10 week group-based treatment and in some cases, brief psychotherapy. Visit here to learn more.
Danielle's Place, a part of Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) in Halton Region, provides prevention and early intervention programming for youth between ages 8-17 struggling with disordered eating, as well as services and support groups for their families/caregivers and siblings. A referral, which can be obtained through ROCK's central intake line, is required to access certain offerings for youth. Danielle’s Place also offers walk-in counselling services for youth and families. Visit here to learn more.
Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre is a community-based organization in Ottawa, ON. They offer a number of peer support groups, which can help people ages 17+ who are in treatment or have already sought treatment transition through recovery. Hopewell also runs a mentoring program and delivers community education. All programs have an associated fee, but Hopewell offers to discuss alternative options if there are financial barriers. Visit to learn more.
Sheena’s Place is a community-based organization located in Toronto, ON. They offer hope and support to individuals ages 17+, and families and friends affected by eating disorders, by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. Visit here to learn more.
Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB) is a non-profit organization based in Pointe-Claire, Montreal that provides support to individuals of all ages with eating disorders and their loved ones. Services include a helpline and free support groups, and are available in both English and French. Visit here to learn more.
Arrimage Estrie is an organization based in Sherbrooke that promotes acceptance of the body and bodily diversity, in addition to offering support to people living with issues concerning them. They operate a helpline and offer various support groups to people ages 17+ wishing to improve their relationship with the body and with food. All services are provided in French, with the exception of one Intuitive Eating Group which is offered in English. Open groups are free to attend, and closed groups have associated fees. Visit here to learn more.
Maison l'Éclaircie is a community organization that works with people living with an eating disorder, ages 14+, in Quebec. They operate a helpline and offer free support groups. Visit here to learn more.