Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the costs involved?

As a non-profit we cover the cost of treatment through an individualized sliding scale. We support each individual through the intake process to identify funding sources. Our goal is to never have finances be a barrier to treatment.

Who will be able to access the program?

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

Can someone 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. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have refrained from drug and alcohol use prior to entry. The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will only accept clients who have chosen 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.

How long is treatment?

The residential treatment program is 16-weeks in duration.


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 to 17 weeks of treatment participants will spend most of their time in the facility with limited provisions to leave. Once they enter the next phase of the program, participants will be required to pursue employment while maintaining their sobriety and assigned schedule. They will be required to sign in and out to ensure staff can account for all 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.

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.


Will the facility be performing detox?

No detox will occur at the facility. However, all participants must have obstained from drugs and alcohol and stabilized when starting their recovery journey at the Bruce Oake Centre.

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.

What does typical day look like for clients?

The day of each participant will be comprised of 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.


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.

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.

Is this a for profit centre?

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

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.

How is the Centre funded?

In 2013, the Oake’s founded the Bruce Oake Memorial Foundation and subsequently launched a Capital Campaign with support of a Capital Campaign Cabinet Committee.  The foundation, through it’s staff and board raises funds through all available channels including government, major donor private and corporate donation campaigns, an annual Gala, grassroots activities and the foundation website.   

The Manitoba government has invested $3.5 million in the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre to enhance access to mental health and addiction treatment in Manitoba, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.  This contribution will be used to support capital construction costs for the centre.

How many male only addiction treatment facilities are there in Manitoba?

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre will become the first male only addiction treatment facility in Manitoba to offer inpatient primary and secondary treatment, as well as a post-treatment supportive living program up to 2 years. A 50 bed 16-week residential treatment program, with a community based harm reduction intervention for those not yet ready for abstinence with rapid access to treatment options when they are, and grounded in co-production, trauma informed care, and traditional Indigenous practices.

The Facilities

What is the building design like?

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre is a two-storey hybrid residential / care building located on the western bank of Sturgeon Creek in Winnipeg. Surrounded by a mature residential community and flanking a busy park and active transportation trail, the building has been designed to respect its neighbours through its use of low massing, residential materials, and a generous setback from the street. Primary exterior materials include brick, shake siding and stucco, with a combination of fiberglass windows and floor-to-ceiling aluminum curtainwall glazing in select areas to provide a visual connection between indoors and out. Other features include a double-sided natural gas fireplace that can be enjoyed from inside the building as well as from within the rear courtyard; full commercial kitchen with dining room; smudge room with fireplace and medicine wheel; computer lab and seminar rooms; family room with outdoor canopy and patio access with views to the creek; exercise room; staff offices and resident counselling rooms; resident lounge with balcony overlooking dining room; and finally, a full-size community-accessible Gymnasium with performance stage and change rooms.

Non-combustible construction including cast concrete foundation; structural steel superstructure with steel stud infill framing; dual-glazed fiberglass windows and thermally-broken aluminum curtainwall; EIFS, brick, and cement panel siding. Building is insulated to meet Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings using entirely exterior insulation over fluid-applied air/vapour barrier at walls, and closed-cell sprayfoam at roofs.

What is the building size?

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre is two storeys with partial (finished) basement.

How many beds does the facility have?

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre has a 50 bed 16-week residential treatment program.