Our Mission

Pine River Foundation’s mission is to raise and steward funds to support Pine River Institute, a unique and successful residential treatment centre for teens with substance abuse and mental health issues. Each year, Pine River Foundation establishes fundraising priorities to support the most urgent needs identified by Pine River Institute.

Pine River works

Pine River allows troubled teens to reclaim their lives, their families and their futures. Among those who complete the program, four out of five teens will thrive and flourish. An assessment of the Social Return on Investment (SROI) conducted by the Rotman School of Business found that every dollar spent at Pine River pre-empts $34 more in public funds.

These measures of success demonstrate that Pine River is an effective, innovative and accountable steward of its resources.

Building on success

Since inception, Pine River Foundation has raised $8 million to invest in Pine River Institute. It’s not only a worthy cause, it’s a wise investment.

Our vision for the future is ambitious but essential: we want to help many more teens and families in need.

That goes beyond simply expanding our capacity and continually improving the Pine River model. We want to increase our research efforts through strategic partnerships. By sharing what we learn with other agencies in Canada and around the world, we can improve outcomes for all young people.

Why Support Pine River?

Since 2006, Pine River Foundation donors have made it possible for hundreds of young people to access the best possible care.  But with a waiting list that regularly exceeds 200 adolescents, many desperate families must be turned away.  

A unique residential treatment centre for teens with substance abuse and mental health issues, Pine River is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. 

It is also the only program to focus unflinchingly on continuous improvement and stakeholder accountability by embedding outcomes and evaluation reporting in its design.

Pine River is now leading a provincial initiative to help other youth treatment providers conduct similar outcomes evaluation studies. 

With your support, we can improve our capacity to help more youth and their families achieve better outcomes not only at Pine River, but around the world.  Through research and strategic partnerships, we can identify and share findings that will improve treatment outcomes for youth and families everywhere.