Halfway Houses for Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Canada

Halfway houses in Canada for recovering addicts provide excellent support options and a transitional period for someone who has finished a drug rehab program. The information will help you or your loved one decide what halfway house to select. A halfway house can help find work, meetings, and a place to live.



Halfway houses operate throughout Canada and very generally help people who have criminal backgrounds, have physical, mental, or emotional problems, or have completed a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and require a transition period back into society. This transition time allows the person to gain new skills, re-integrate into society, establish work, and become a stable contributing member of society again. Within Canada, a halfway house is typically referred to as a Community-Based Residential Facility and provides a bridge between a treatment center and or prison and the community. More often then not these halfway houses or community bases residential facilities are for offenders who are still under custodial care by Corrections Services Canada or the Parole Board of Canada. The offender is released into the care of these facilities and is given a chance to re-integrate back to society and become a contributing and productive member again. In other circumstances, some halfway houses can act as sober living communities or a transition point for recovering addicts; those who may have become clean in prison, or those who have left a drug rehab center after being ordered there by the Canadian judicial system.

What is to be expected from Halfway Houses?

Halfway houses and these community-based residential facilities have been operating within Canada for over a century, but the idea to help people who were still under a sentence began in the early 1960s. Many of the original facilities began in Toronto, and throughout the years, there are now well over 170 community-based residential facilities in Canada, and over 90% of these centers focus strictly on male and female offenders. One of the common misconceptions is that halfway houses should not be within residential neighborhoods. It is important to understand that residents of halfway houses are extensively screened, specifically for behavioral profiles. Within each halfway house are the appropriate supervision that is maintained around the clock and 24 hours a day. These types of facilities have offered a better solution for offenders, rather than just transitioning them right into society out of prison. People staying at these facilities should expect daily counseling and support, and assisting them with reintegration back into society. This may include locating gainful employment, creating healthy relationships, and learning new skills to help them succeed in life.

Ask a professional

Halfway houses are community-based residential facilities for offenders who have been allowed to serve part of their sentence under supervision in the community. These are also known as community-based residential facilities. Halfway houses in Canada are usually facilitated by the Correctional Service of Canada or by voluntary agencies.

Yes, halfway houses help residents who are struggling with drug addiction. These programs tend to offer 12-step support, vocational help, behavioral therapies, and other methods to address substance use disorders.

Halfway houses in Canada are entirely funded by tax dollars. Generally, it is more cost-effective to house offenders in halfway houses than correctional institutes.

Yes, it allows residents to look for jobs, work, attend school, or attend addiction or mental health services. They are assigned cleaning tasks and are required to contribute to the maintenance of their living and sleeping areas. Every resident is expected to follow house rules.

The questions from DrugRehab.ca’s “Ask a Professional” are answered by Nickolaus Hayes. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at [email protected].


Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

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