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At Saint Paul University, we are unique – and proud of it.

Our academic vision is imbued with the fundamental values of social justice, innovation and inclusion of marginalized people and communities.

Every day, we strive to live up to our fundamental values – an integral part of our programs, our partnerships and our mission, which aims to prepare the next generation of social innovators.

Through this five-year campaign, the largest in our history, we invite you to join with us to guide transformation and build a stronger, more inclusive and more humane society.

Chantal Beauvais, PhD

Learning and Teaching Environments


Objective achieved: $2,500,000
Active need for scholarships

The first of its kind in Canada, the School of Leadership, Ecology and Equity educates Canadian and international students, those who prepare future leaders and those who serve faith communities and the public interest.

While supporting the educational, charitable and not-for-profit sectors and the public service, the School’s mission  focuses on the formation of leaders who will have a decisive influence on the communities and organizations they serve. Th school allows these transformative leaders to enrich their knowledge and skills so they can deal effectively with the problems facing their organizations and communities in a context of social justice, better human development, diversity and inclusion.

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Objective achieved
Active Need for scholarships

The Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation is committed to tackling the issue of reducing poverty in all its forms: poverty related to physical and mental health, poverty in the area of civic participation, intellectual poverty because of a lack of education, situational poverty caused by natural disasters, and spiritual poverty, to name just a few. This new School allows us to make a difference in marginalized communities, while facilitating the launch of commercially viable social enterprises.

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Objective: $2,500,000
Gift of $200,000 confirmed

The Saint Paul University School of Integral Ecology and Social Justice (the School) will be a first in Canada. Its overall goal will be to contribute to the development of ethical citizenship. We will do this by fully integrating an eco-dimension into programming across the Saint Paul University curriculum. Our vision is that in 10 years, we will serve as a model for other post-secondary institutions in producing ethical citizens who will lead proactive change to achieve eco-sustainability. We will also serve as a catalyst for change by sharing our curriculum and best practices with other post-secondary institutions to create a national community of impact.

The first imprint of our ethical citizenship model will be achieved through programming delivered in our schools which include the Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation, the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, and the School of Conflict Studies. This approach will be fully integrated into the orientation of each student, from their first day on campus to their march down the aisle to receive their graduation diploma. Every student at Saint Paul University will be exposed to the issues facing the planet, and this will serve as the cornerstone of our education model.


Objective: $2,018,181

Those interested in solving social problems need look no further than the Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop.

The Ottawa-Vanier MP Mauril Bélanger was a prominent figure in the Franco-Ontarian community. He supported various charitable causes and was engaged in social justice. The Workshop, named in his honour, will be a perpetual reminder for the community of Mauril’s massive contributions to and engagement in the National Capital Region and our country.

This space, dedicated to the development, testing and launching of new social enterprises, and affiliated with our new Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation, will be a catalyst for social change and the reduction of poverty in all its forms.

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Objective achieved: $3,300,000
Opportunities for naming rooms

The Student Life Centre (which opened in September 2017) is transformational and will influence the quality of student and community life at Saint Paul University. It is the long-awaited versatile central hub to advance educational, cultural, social and institutional priorities, as well as student health.

This new space, made possible thanks to the renovation of existing facilities, will create a major intersection for student and community life that is directly accessible through the main entrance of the University.

The key elements of this gathering space include the following:

A new cafeteria; multipurpose rooms for studying, teamwork, multimedia presentations and exhibitions; a student lounge and new offices for the Saint Paul University Students’ Association, a new Pastoral Services office, a room for receptions and events, and an outdoor courtyard that offers tranquility and a connection with nature.


Objective achieved: $800,000
Opportunities for naming rooms

Created in 1974, our Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre offers a range of services to individuals in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and is one of the largest providers of community counselling services in the region. With an area of 557 square metres (6,000 square feet), the new Centre is located on the second floor of the Saint Paul University Residence at 150 Hazel Street.

The Centre has a diverse clientele who are seeking to benefit from individual, couple or family therapy and because of their struggle with issues related to life changes (anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relationship problems, life transitions, personal growth, spiritual questioning and personal values, and communication and self-esteem problems, to name just a few). Services are available in English and French, and fees are based on the person’s ability to pay.

Services are provided by counselling interns at the master’s and doctoral level in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University. The counselling interns are supervised by certified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists who are accredited by a recognized professional association. This year, more than 200 master’s and doctoral students are in training at the Centre and will have more than 12,000 sessions with clients from the region.

The Centre is a remarkable example of partnership and community support through which the University puts into practice its values and mission each day.

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Objective: $1,200,000

At the heart of Saint Paul University, the Student Learning Centre is a destination for learning, collaboration and innovation, providing every SPU student with the opportunity to succeed.

Sharing space with the Jean-Léon Allie Library and Archives and the SPU rare books collection – one of the largest in North America – this newly designed and renovated 11,000-square-foot environment brings Saint Paul University squarely into the 21st century. It provides nine different settings (silent rooms, quiet areas, team meeting rooms, a collaboration space, café, lounge, computer lab, individual study areas, and an idea incubator) to accommodate the needs of every individual to study, collaborate and innovate.

Indigenous Education


Objective: $325,000

The Centre for Indigenous Learners is a space dedicated to teaching by elders and to cultural programs, events and workshops that in turn will create a welcoming environment for Indigenous students. The Centre also offer awareness program for professors and staff on the intellectual, cultural and spiritual richness of Indigenous communities.


Objective: $250,000

Saint Paul University would like, in partnership with its donors, to make it possible for Indigenous students to acquire knowledge, confidence and skills in social innovation so they can build a more inclusive society and actively contribute to the advancement of their communities.

The Fund will be a flexible instrument of social change, which will be used not only to fund scholarships for undergraduate programs, but also to fund programs supporting student success and provide scholarships to students registered in certificate and summer institute programs. This approach will open up a range of possibilities for delivering programs in areas such as social entrepreneurship, transformative leadership, pastoral leadership, and conflict resolution and mediation methods.


Objective achieved: $250,000

Saint Paul University is proud to offer, in partnership with Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa, a training program in Indigenous pastoral leadership. The program is designed to train and empower Indigenous people to exercise pastoral and transformative leadership in their communities. Participants explore the connections between Indigenous spirituality and Christian faith through various topics in liturgy, pastoral ministry and religious education.

We hope that the program will continue to strengthen the bonds between Indigenous and Christian teachings, leading to healing and reconciliation at the community level.

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Objective: To be confirmed
$1,000,000 gift confirmed

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute (Oshki), and Saint Paul University (SPU) are collaborating to address the significant demand to train mental health staff serving in NAN territory, which has resulted in Indigenous people suffering the ultimate cost: the loss of life.

They have partnered to develop five new mental health program streams which will integrate the Nishnawbe Aski Nation culture, traditions, and languages in the formation and professional development of over 600 program graduates over the next five years. The direct outcome of the Mino-Bimaadiziwin Mental Health Education programs will be the first sustainable, culturally appropriate, community-based response to the mental health crisis faced by Indigenous people in NAN territory, which covers 49 communities or two-thirds of Ontario’s geography.

Chairs and Research Centres


PHASE 1: $2,500,000 • PHASE 2: $2,500,000
Gifts of $576,000 confirmed

Canada’s first Chair in Clinical and Organizational Bioethics at Saint Paul University (the Chair) will lead in developing and disseminating ethics-based practical applications to contemporary questions focused on continuity of care for vulnerable populations, patient care, leadership, and governance in our health/continuing care system. The Chair will engage with, and transfer knowledge from, an interdisciplinary community of national and international scholars, clinicians, organizational/governance leaders, policy makers, and faith-based and secular health organizations.

The Chair’s impact will extend to the fields of health sciences and biomedicine, while its outcomes will focus on developing practices, programming, and practical guidelines which address ethical challenges, conflict scenarios, as well as physician education and practice in our health care system.


Objective: $1,500,000
Gift of $250,000 confirmed

The Saint Paul University Centre for Excellence on Aging and Community will serve as a unique resource to influence Canadian decision makers, as it will emphasize research on best social, clinical and spiritual practices to improve the quality of life and mental health and well-being of seniors and their families.

The Centre will serve as a catalyst for rethinking our ways of seeing our new demographic reality and circulating these views in a social innovation context. The Centre will explore the complex decision making that affects seniors and raise awareness among public decision makers so they adopt a more global approach in decisions around quality of life.

The Centre will encourage practitioners and stakeholders from the national community to support and guide the development of research priorities affecting our aging population. They will also implement their best practices by developing educational resources to be made available through continuing education, regular programs of study and an annual national conference.



NON-ENDOWED: $500,000
ENDOWED: $2,500,000

NON-ENDOWED: $500,000
ENDOWED: $2,500,000

NON-ENDOWED: $500,000
ENDOWED: $2,500,000

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