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Ally Centre of Cape Breton

Our History

How We Started

  • A small group of HIV positive gay men begin to gather in a Halifax kitchen seeking personal and emotional support 
  • Nova Scotia Persons With AIDS Coalition (NSPWAC) is formed with its focus on support and advocacy
  • NSPWAC calls some concerned Cape Bretoners to meet
  • A small group of dedicated individuals developed a proposal and submitted to Health Canada’s AIDS Community Action Fund
  • A board was formed
  • The AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton (ACCB) was incorporated.
  • Project funding became available in February
  • ACCB officially opened its doors April 1st as a resource and prevention/education program.
  • Cape Breton’s first AIDS Walk
  • A proposal for a needle exchange was submitted to the NS Department of Health and declined
  • A Hepatitis B outbreak
  • The proposal from the previous year was re-submitted
  • Sharp Advice Needle Exchange opened its first site in North Sydney
  • ACCB hosts the first Gay social in Sydney on New Year’s Eve resulting in the organization being recognized as the first safe space for the LGBTQ community in Cape Breton.
  • ACCB moved from Townsend Street to its current location @ 150 Bentinck Street
  • Cape Breton’s first Gay Pride Parade
  • The Nova Scotia Strategy on HIV/AIDS was released
  • ACCB headed up a working group to develop and submit a proposal for an opiate replacement program in Cape Breton
  • Nova Scotia’s Standards for Blood Borne Pathogens Services was released
  • Addictions Services was funded to deliver an opiate replacement program.
  • The Government of Canada launched the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS
  • ACCB was funded to provide anonymous counselling, testing and referral services.
  • ACCB partners with Feed Nova Scotia to provide food bank services to its clients.
  • ACCB coordinates the 1st International Day Against Homophobia in Cape Breton
  • LGBTQ Resource and Support Program began
  • The Trans support group was formed
  • ACCB celebrated 20 years of service.
  • Cape Breton launched its own Blood Borne Pathogen Strategy
  • ACCB partners with Addictions Services and CBU on the IDU Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Projects
  • Discussions begin around the delivery of specialized primary health services for marginalized individuals.
  • Name changed to ALLY Centre of Cape Breton (ACCB) in an effort to encompass all the programs and services offered
  • IDU project research reports are released
  • Mental Health and Addictions established the Downtown Clinic ORT program in partnership with ACCB
  • ACCB in partnership with Dr. Meaghan Keating opened the ALLY Health Clinic to offer primary health services to marginalized individuals.
  • Provincial government invests additional funds for harm reduction programs delivered by community based organizations.
  • Ally purchases the former "Bailey Bus" from Direction 180 in Halifax, to create a mobile supportive unit that provides services throughout the CBRM.
  • Partnership with Primary Health Care results in part time nurse practioner, full time social worker and help to fund a medical secretary for the health clinic
  • Public Health funds a one year outreach street health pilot - one nurse model
  • Proposal for Overdose Prevention Site is submitted to be offered in partnership with CAPED
  • Discussions re Managed Alcohol Programs and Safe Supply are progressing.

Hours of Operation

Sharp Advice Needle Exchange
Monday to Friday 9:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00

Ally Drop-in
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 12:00 & 2:00 - 4:00

SWEEP (Sex Workers Support):
Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00

Health Clinic:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00

Anonymous and Confidential STBBI Testing
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00

Peer Six Overdose Prevention Site
7 Days a week from 9:00a to 8:00p

Take Home Naloxone Program
Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00

Coordinated Access (Homelessness)
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 4:00

Street Health Nurse
Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 5:00

Operates Monday to Thursday - 10:00 to 4:00

Monday – Sydney/Whitney Pier
Loaves and Fishes in the morning and Whitney Pier in the afternoon

Tuesday - North Sydney/Sydney Mines
Platinum Fitness in the morning and St. Pius X Sydney Mines in the afternoon

Wednesday – Glace Bay
Opioid Recovery, Union St in the morning, Sterling Mall in the afternoon

Thursday – New Waterford
Plummer Avenue all day

Funding Provided By

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Nova Scotia Health and Wellness
Public Health Agency of Canada
Reaching Home, Canada’s Homeless Strategy
Nova Scotia Health Authority

With Contributions From

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Feed Nova Scotia
Canadian Women’s Foundation
East Cape Breton County Community Health Board
Central Cape Breton County Community Health Board
Victoria County Community Health Board
Northside The Lakes Community Health Board


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