Frequently Asked Questions

Community and Security

What security will the facility have in place?

Staff will be on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There will be curfews, random and mandatory drug testing and security cameras. Clients will adhere to a rigorous daily schedule which is monitored by staff.

Who will be able to access the program?

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will be open to adult males suffering from drug and alcohol addiction who meet stringent intake criteria and are fully committed to living a sober life.

Can someone, including high risk offenders, be court ordered to attend this facility?

Although courts can order people to attend a treatment facility, the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will have the right to refuse anyone.  Clients must be at least 18 years of age and clean upon entry. The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will only accept clients who CHOOSE treatment of their own volition. Anyone seeking admittance from any justice system must provide a detailed criminal record for review and will not be accepted if they are deemed a threat to the safety of the neighbourhood.

Who owns the curling club and are there plans to turn the curling club into a similar Women’s only Recovery Centre?

The curling club is owned privately and therefore cannot be deemed surplus by the City of Winnipeg. The Bruce Oake has no interest in the facility for an expansion.

What are the security policies?

Virtually every hour of a client's day will be accounted for at the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre. On average for the first 12 to17 weeks of treatment clients will spend most of their time in the facility with limited provisions to leave.  Once they enter the next phase of the program clients will be required to pursue employment while maintaining their sobriety and assigned schedule. Clients will be required to sign in and out to ensure staff can account for all clients.

There will be a fence surrounding the facility to ensure clear and healthy boundaries for community members and clients.

The facility security system which will provide interior and exterior views of the building will be monitored 24 hours a day off site.

All visitors will be required to sign in and out. Visitor lockers will be provided and monitored to ensure the continued protection of clients.

Who will pay for path/park changes required because of this development?

The Bruce Oake Memorial Foundation will be responsible for all costs associated with required changes and additions to any of the green space.

In addition, the men of the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will maintain the tennis courts, participate in creek clean-ups and clear paths as needed.

Recreation Facilities and Greenspace

What will happen to the current greenspace?

The facility and parking lot will be built on a reduced size footprint of the former Vimy Arena. Therefore, additional greenspace will be added as the current plans call for the facility to use 18% less greenspace than is currently taken up by the Vimy Arena.

Is there a potential of shared use of a gym / recreation space?

Community use of the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre is a priority. There will be a separate entrance to the gymnasium, public change rooms and washrooms along with a curtain wall to protect client’s anonymity. The Centre will seek a community use agreement but, it will be built with community access in mind.

How can we be assured that the greenspace will remain, and further construction will not occur?

We are specifically requesting to both the Province of Manitoba and The City of Winnipeg that provisions clearly ensure that The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre never exceed a maximum of 50 beds at this location and never expand past the originally approved footprint. The Bruce Oake Foundation is making this request as it recognizes the value residents place on their greenspace. An earlier version of the business plan referred to expansion but, it will never be at this site.

Were other sites considered in City?

Yes, we have reviewed all surplus properties available on the City of Winnipeg Surplus list.  Based on accessibility to public transit, the seclusion of the location to protect client anonymity and the serenity of the property the Bruce Oake Memorial Foundation and team felt this location was very fitting and as such pursued it.

Land Acquisition and Greenspace

What is the process to get the land and building?

The first vote occurred in January of 2018 which was the first step in the process.  Now the Bruce Oake Memorial Foundation has commenced the re-zoning process which is a requirement prior to any transfer of the land to the Province of Manitoba.  If the re-zoning is not successful, the Province of Manitoba will not take possession of the land and it will remain in City of Winnipeg hands.

How can I find out about the re-zoning process?

For Zoning By-law inquiries please contact the 
Zoning and Permits Branch at 204-986-5140

Unit 31 - 30 Fort Street (Fort Garry Place)

Copies of zoning maps can be purchased at
The Map Store, Mezzanine Level, 65 Garry Street (Fort Garry Place) phone 311

Will the facility be performing detox?

No detox will occur at the facility all clients must be clean and stabilized when starting their recovery journey at the Bruce Oake Centre.

Centre Operations

Is this a for profit centre?

No. The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre operates as a registered not-for-profit organization with charitable status. 

Who is on the Board of Directors? 

The Board of Directors is comprised of the following individuals.

Scott Oake

Anne Oake

Darcy Oake

Brett Franklin

Stacey Petersen

Todd Lovallo

Ross Rutherford

Susan Millican

Bob Kozminski

Ken Keats

Who will be running the facility?

The Board of Directors will oversee the overall administration of the facility, however the day-to-day operations of the centre will be run by specialized addiction professionals from Fresh Start in Calgary.

What does typical day look like for clients?

The day of each client will be governed by a full schedule as structure and accountability are critical elements of recovery.  The purpose of the curfews and drug testing mentioned above is to ensure only clients committed to and actively working on their sobriety remain in the facility.

How many staff will be employed?

The staff ratio will be one per two clients. The Recovery Centre will be staffed 24/7 to closely monitor clients' schedules and activities.

What is the methodology for treatment?

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will offer a range of complimentary services and resources essential for recovery. At the core of the program is the Twelve Step Model with behavioural therapy that recognizes addiction as a chronic disease. The program ideology is based on following key values such as accessibility, flexibility, inclusivity, customization and accountability.

Why did you choose to partner with Fresh Start Recovery Centre?

Fresh Start has a well proven track record over its 25 years of existence. It provides a comprehensive long-term treatment program with a success rate of more than double industry averages. It has been recognized as the best Recovery Centre in Canada and has been named Canada's number 1 social service agency.

Site Selection

Will my property value decrease?

Property values decrease for a variety of reasons such as increased mortgage rates, the economy, environment and proximity to schools. There is simply no fact-based evidence that Recovery Centers in Canada negatively affect property values.

Why would you build this facility in a community as opposed to an industrial area?

Clients of treatment facilities are our fathers, our brothers, our sons, our loved ones.  They are already living among us.  The best treatment for the disease of addiction is connection and connection are best achieved in a residential treatment and recovery centre located in a supportive and inclusive community. People seeking recovery have far less a chance of success if they are isolated in an industrial area.

Will you add a condition to the rezoning that restricts land use to just an addiction treatment and recovery centre with maximum 50 beds?

Yes, the rezoning will restrict land use to a maximum 50-bed transitional housing facility providing longer-term supports for alcohol and drug addiction.

How long have you been working to get a facility going?

The Oake family has been working to bring a long-term treatment facility to Winnipeg since the loss of Bruce in 2011.