Admissions Process

Pine River Institute is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues.

REDIRECT: If you've been suggested to Pine River by one of our hospital referral partners for our 16-week out-patient BRANCH program in Toronto, click BRANCH

If you’re here for Pine River’s Outdoor Leadership Experience and Live-In Program near Shelburne, the steps to admission are outlined below. If you would prefer to speak to us first, please contact or call 1-519-925-9225. ext 139.

1.Complete our INITIAL SCREENER. This will take about 10 minutes.

2. After the Admissions Department reviews your screener, you will be contacted and asked to complete and submit our comprehensive ENROLMENT APPLICATION. This will take a few hours.

3. If there is a potential match between the youth and PRI, you will be asked to submit  relevant SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (e.g., discharge summaries, transcripts, family history, psycho/educational tests).

4. After submitting all required documents, the Admissions Department will review your family’s file and you may be placed on our admissions WAIT LIST.  We do have a limited number of beds that are not covered by our Ministry of Health but may be paid for privately. (Please contact Admissions at 1-519-925-9225 ext. 139 for more information.)

5. Close to the scheduled admission, your family will be invited for an on-site ASSESSMENT. The assessment is an opportunity for us to get to know each other, complete all remaining paperwork, and tour our campus. 

6. On the day of admission, youth will begin their Pine River journey with the Outdoor Leadership Experience. Read more about our program here. It is at this time your deposit, trust account, and treatment FEES are required.


Pine River is a not-for-profit, fee-for-service program. We receive funding support from The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care via the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN). Please click below to read more about our fees.

While you Wait

PRI recognizes that the application process and wait time can be stressful and overwhelming. We’re here to help!

Please contact if you have any questions or require support to complete the application process. 

As a health services provider, Pine River Institute is subject to the Personal Health Information Protections Act (PHIPA), which governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information (PHI) in Ontario. 

By clicking on the “Complete Application” button below, you agree to allow Pine River Institute to collect, use and disclose the PHI provided in this application to determine your eligibility for the Pine River Institute program and identify your needs. Information collected may also be used as a basis for planning and providing care and treatment services, for evaluation, statistics and to meet legal and regulatory requirements.