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MAX OTTAWA

MAX provides health and wellness services and programs for guys into guys in Ottawa.

Services For You

Programs For You & Your Community

health + wellness campaigns

strategic plan (2019-2022)

Services For You
MAX offers individual support and education services by and for guys into guys in the Ottawa region.

We also offer service provider training for healthcare professionals.

Need Help navigating mental health services?

 

MAX can help create a navigation plan, connecting you to the proper resources.

For You & Your Community
MAX offers group programs, community support and education services by and for guys into guys.

Our programs foster connection and combat isolation through the creation of community-led social spaces where guys into guys can congregate.

MAX PROGRAMMING for

GUYS INTO GUYS

Join us at one of our fun events!

Health & Wellness Campaigns
Learn about your health & what matters most to you.

MAX is proud to support health and wellness campaigns from our allied organizations that help guys into guys make smart decisions about their health.

Our Campaigns

Get Stoked About Your Health

With our partners we have launched some campaigns to better equip yourself.

Strategic Direction

MAX wanted to share our strategic plan as widely as possible for many reasons. One, as a THANK YOU gift to all of the people who shared their time and words with us. Two, we want to be held accountable to what guys into guys told us they wanted and needed in order to achieve maximum health and wellness. Three, we want to make sure that listening to community needs remains a constant priority for us.

Strategic Direction

(2019-2022)

See what we have planned over the next few years.

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MAX Ottawa’s Response to COVID-19

As Ottawa’s health and wellness connection for guys into guys, MAX is working hard to keep our commitment to maximize the health and wellness of our communities. As such, we have added this COVID-19 response page to serve as a resource for guys into guys to maintain their mental, social, sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual health during this crisis.

Our Services

MAX offers the following services for people and for healthcare providers.

For You

MAX offers individual support and education services by and for guys into guys in the Ottawa region.

For You & Your Community

MAX offers group programs, community support and education services by and for guys into guys.

For Your Service Providers

MAX offers support and education services to the healthcare providers that serve guys into guys in the Ottawa Region.

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Peer Support Program

Our new volunteer peer support program can connect you to a listening ear.

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Mental Healh Navigation

MAX can help create a plan, connecting you to the proper resources through our 3 step approach!

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"The List" is Ottawa's Wednesday to Thursday guide for GBT2Q+ guy friendly events.

Check back every Wednesday for updates!

News & Views

Check out all the latest happenings at MAX and your Ottawa Guys into Guys community.

Dasa and Jason are members of the organizing community for Dragonfruit Collective, based in Ottawa, Canada. Dragonfruit aims to showcase Queer Asian performers, movies, and artists, and as well as to provide an inclusive and safer space for LGBTQ+ folks in the Asian community to mingle and have fun. Contact: dragonfruitevent@gmail.com Instagram: @dragxncollective

The (In)existence of LGBT Asian Spaces

May 23, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many have returned home to self-isolate with their loved ones and families to prevent further spread of the virus. Home to many of us is where we feel safe and loved, but to LGBT+ folks, and especially those who are B/I/PoC, the feeling of an accepting…

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Blog post banner: Building Community, One Dice at a Time written by Martin Lee, he/him, about his community maximizer project Dungeons and Daddies.

Daddies and Dragons!

May 6, 2020

Building Community…One Dice at a Time! As a young queer man, I spent a large portion of my time surrounded by straight friends in high school. One of the activities I remember fondly was playing dungeons and dragons (D&D), but it was never something that the other gay guy in…

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New Mental Health Support for Guys into Guys During the Pandemic

April 29, 2020

MAX Ottawa launches new mental health program to better address the needs of GBT2Q guys amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. As of next week, guys into guys can begin to schedule appointments for peer support sessions with volunteers who will provide a listening ear, as well as referrals and…

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Featured Videos

Watch some of our short videos to better understand the work we do.

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Getting Involved

Join MAX Ottawa in either volunteering, employment or donate to us!

Volunteer


Become a volunteer and join MAX’s team! MAX is THE place in the National Capital Region for guys into guys to volunteer for and with other guys into guys!

Donate


MAX is working to improve the health and wellness for guys into guys in the capital region. MAX Ottawa, legally called the Ottawa Gay Men's Wellness Initiative, is a charitable organization.

Campaigns

MAX is proud to support health and wellness campaigns from our allied organizations that help guys into guys make smart decisions about their health.

Equip Yourself


Equip Yourself is an education campaign created by and for guys who are into guys (cis and trans) living in the nation's capital region. It provides you with information on combining sexual health practices and services to promote your health!

The Sex You Want


The Sex You Want Campaign, created by The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance, has a fun, sex-positive site to help you access the sexual health information to many commonly asked questions.

Boom


BOOM is a fun new online resource for young guys who like guys launched by the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) to help explore sexuality, identity, and more.