Pine River Foundation supports Pine River Institute to help adolescents struggling with addictive behaviours and other mental health issues to reclaim their lives, their families, and their futures.

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Why Your Support Matters

Supporting Youth in Algonquin Province

Support a program that works. Pine River’s family-oriented approach to helping youth struggling with addictive behaviours and mental health challenges has a significant success rate.

Accreditation for PRI

Pine River Institute is Accredited with Commendation by Accreditation Canada. “PRI is viewed as a trusted organization and leader, and a strong advocate for creating a more responsive youth addiction treatment system locally, and provincially,” said Accreditation Canada in its report. “The program is fundamentally about saving lives, significantly changing the trajectory of young people.”

People of PRI

While we receive some funding from the Ministry of Health for operations, we rely on charitable donations from individuals, foundations and corporations to enhance our live-in treatment program for youth, to enhance and update our facilities, and to provide outreach and education to families and other therapists through our Centre for Family Initiatives (CFI).

Michael A Tibollo spoken importance of funding

Michael A. Tibollo, the Minister of Addiction and Mental Health, has spoken of the importance of funding programs like Pine River: “...a place like Pine River is critical to the long-term success of any strategy in mental health and addictions. I welcome the investments that are brought forward by individuals (donors) who are giving back to their communities because of the impact that it will have on the long-term wellness of the province of Ontario.

Youth going to PRI

It is an investment in the lives of young people and their families. For every student that enters Pine River:
$100,000 spent on one student returns $7 million to society
$1.5 million is saved in costs to the justice system
$1 million is saved in costs to the healthcare system
$3 million in income will be earned in a student’s lifetime

Read Our Evaluation Report
Learn about how the gains our students makes are sustained and about the successful paths they follow.

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Read Our Annual Report
Learn about program milestones in 2022-2023 Report and celebrate those who donated to Pine River.

Support Youth in Crisis

With a donation today, a monthly gift, a gift of securities or a donation in honour of a loved one, your support will go to work right away to help the youth and families who come to Pine River. Your donation helps from a youth’s first day in the program right through to their transition back home.


With your support, we can continue to provide youth and family-based therapy on campus and across Ontario and Canada.

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Monthly Donor

A monthly gift makes giving manageable and supports a youth struggling with mental health and addictions all year round.

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Give a gift in the name of someone you love, honouring their life or a milestone while providing hope to families and youth in crisis.

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Board of Directors

Pine River Institute and Pine River Foundation operate independently and each is governed by a separate Board of Directors.
Click here to learn more about them.