Relief Harm Reduction Worker

We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary health care, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy.


Relief Harm Reduction Worker

Salary Range: $23.63 to $28.48 per hour

Hours of work are on an as required basis according to program needs.

There are no regular or guaranteed hours of relief work.


The Harm Reduction Worker is part of the Community Health team and provides harm reduction support, information and referral to clients. This will include interacting with service users on site and during outreach, as well as distributing harm reduction materials and providing information and referrals when needed. The Harm Reduction Worker uses anti-oppressive, trauma informed principles to build relationships with individuals who may be experiencing homelessness, using drugs, or engaged in sex work.

Duties Include:

  • Distributes harm reduction supplies on site and at offsite locations during outreach.
  • Provides overdose prevention support/education to community members
  • Participates in needles patrol as part of outreach and safely collects and disposes of discarded needles and stems
  • Assesses client knowledge of best practice for safer sex and drug use
  • Provides education/information regarding proper drug use techniques including HIV and Hep C prevention, safer sex and harm reduction
  • Educate clients regarding use and administration of Naloxone and provides take home Naloxone to clients where appropriate
  • De-escalates and manages conflict with or among clients at the Centre in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Provides supportive counseling, community information and referrals to clients that best meet their identified needs
  • Assists with the preparation of kit materials
  • Provides back up to other ground floor programs as required
  • Develops and delivers low-barrier groups and community development initiatives for clients who use drugs, engage in sex work and/or have mental health issues
  • Assists with stocking of harm reduction supplies on ground floor and for outreach activities
  • Documents interactions with clients and the community according to RPCHC guidelines and standards
  • Fills out and distributes Bad Drug Reports and alerts as needed


  • Degree/diploma in a related field or relevant work/lived experience
  • 2 – 5 years’ experience working in community based settings with homeless and marginalized individuals, including people who use drugs
  • Lived experience within the priority population and/or experience working with racialized people, indigenous people, people who engage in sex work, prisoners/ex-prisoners, people with mental health issues, people who have experienced trauma, people who have experienced homelessness or street involvement is considered an asset
  • Excellent understanding and commitment to harm reduction practices and principles
  • Demonstrated experience with overdose prevention and response
  • Previous outreach experience is an asset
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the health issues of a diverse community and experience working with disenfranchised populations
  • Understanding of impacts of systemic oppression on marginalized individuals and communities
  • Ability to work collaboratively within and across teams
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, decision making, conflict management, critical thinking and organizational skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in the use of computer technology and various software applications.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity, equity, partnerships, social justice and advocacy


Regent Park CHC is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals who are Indigenous people, members of racialized communities, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, persons with disabilities and others protected under the Human Rights Code as well as individuals with lived experience in the Regent Park community. This is a bargaining unit position with OPSEU Local 5115.

Please submit your resume and cover letter:

Regent Park Community Health Centre

465 Dundas St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 2B2

or Email:

No phone calls please.  We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. RPCHC is committed to developing an inclusive, selection process and work environment. If contacted, please advise the hiring manager if you require any accommodation during the interview process.

Application Deadline

October 30, 2020 (All day)