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 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 with a focus on awareness, understanding, and action. NIED provides 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, as well as a library of video resources that provide information, communication approaches, and relapse strategies. Support groups are offered online, in-person, and through a hybrid format. 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. Resources such as information, webinars, practical toolkits and strategies are primarily web-based. Jessie’s Legacy also facilitates both virtual and in-person educational presentations in the community. Visit here to learn more.
The BC Children’s Kelty Eating Disorders website helps people of all ages find resources and information for every stage of the eating disorder journey, as well as locate programs and treatment centres in BC. There are also clinical tools, resources and training for health professionals working in the field of eating disorders. 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.
VIVED is a grassroots organization committed to advocating for action that will improve the lives of individuals an families impacted by disordered eating and eating disorders. 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 providing support for individuals with eating disorders, and support and education to their families and caregivers. Additional resources offered includes Emotion Focused Family Therapy training for professionals and digital access to books for individuals affected, families, and professionals through a partnership with the provincial library. EDFNL holds information sessions to provide information on eating disorders and details regarding their support services. Visit here to learn more.
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia is a community-based organization that offers 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 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. BANA's health promotion initiatives include facilitating presentations in schools and to community groups, sports organizations and clubs, as well as in business settings. 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 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. Additional walk-in counselling services for youth and families is accessible through ROCK. Visit here to learn more.
Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre is a community-based organization in Ottawa, ON. They offer a number of support programs, which can help people ages 17+ who are in treatment or have already sought treatment transition through recovery. They also deliver community education. All programs have an associated fee unless otherwise indicated, 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 free group-based support to individuals ages 17+ and to families and friends affected by eating disorders, by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. Sheena's Place holds information sessions regularly to provide further details regarding the group supports offered. 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 ages 13+ with eating disorders and their loved ones. All services are available in both English and French. Open groups are free to attend, and closed groups have associated fees. Immediate support is available through their helpline, text, and chat services. Visit here to learn more.
Arrimage Estrie is an organization based in Sherbrooke that promotes body acceptance and body diversity, in addition to supporting people living with concerns related to these issues. They 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. Groups have an associated fee. Visit here to learn more.
Maison L'Éclaircie is a community organization that works with people living with behaviours associated with anorexia or bulimia, ages 14+, in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches areas, and also for their relatives. They offer group and individual psychological and nutritional support. They also operate a helpline and chat service, and facilitate prevention workshops, training, and initiatives in the community. Services are only available in French. Visit here to learn more.
BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorder Recovery operates in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority as a community-based organization as part of the continuum of healthcare in Saskatchewan. They offer free virtual and in-person recovery-based programming for people who are experiencing disordered eating. Each program includes intensive experiential learning and teaching sessions within a group-based model, individual discussions, and processing of personal experiences. BridgePoint also provides outreach and education services. Visit here to learn more.