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. 

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