About VegOttawa

VegOttawa Association, formerly known as The National Capital Vegetarian Association (NCVA), is a not-for-profit membership-based organization originally created to educate the public about the health benefits of plant-based diets for the improvement of public health. In addition to the many personal health benefits, VegOttawa is committed to raising awareness about the equally important benefits of a plant-based or vegan lifestyle such as overall environmental health and putting an end to animal exploitation.

Our mission is to promote, support and inspire vegan lifestyle, business and community in Ottawa.

VegOttawa Association aims to educate the public and local commerce about the many benefits of veganism for the improvement of personal health, overall environmental health and the need to end animal exploitation. This is accomplished by:

  • Increasing public awareness of the benefits of veganism and helping people and business make healthier, greener and more compassionate dietary, lifestyle and commerce choices
  • Collaborating with local businesses, restaurants, organizations, schools and hospitals to encourage and improve vegan choices to respond to the growing demand for these options
  • Organizing informative and engaging events that foster a sense of community
  • Connecting members of the vegan community and improving the social infrastructure to create a supportive and respectful environment 
  • Actively seeking media coverage and serving as an informed vegan resource for local, regional, and national news outlets
  • Forming alliances with like-minded organizations to achieve shared objectives

2020 Events, Activities and Accomplishments

  1. Sponsored IVFF (International Vegan Film Festival) screening of 4 short films at Copper Branch Barrhaven.
  2. Hosted Dr. Greger speaking tour, “How Not To Diet” @Algonquin Commons Theatre | March 9
  3. Member Draws! Gave away gift cards to some of our favorite local plant-based businesses including Saaboon, Copper Branch, Cinnaholic, Gabrielle Peterka Hair Co., The Table
  4. Donation to Feline Cafe gofundme | COVID help
  5. Donation to Chickpeas ‘Pay It Forward’ providing 25 meals to health care workers | COVID help
  6. Donation to NutritionFacts.org (VegOttawa Association added to supporter wall as “Champions”
  7. Sponsored IVFF event – We Animals Media screening of 5 short films with live Q&A (J. McArthur, K. Guerin)
  8. Sponsored IVFF Virtual Festival 2020| Over 25 vegan-themed films shown
  9. Melanie Boudens online cooking class | Pass giveaway to lucky VegOttawa members
  10. Sara Galipeau online Meal Prep workshop | Pass giveaway to lucky VegOttawa members
  11. Holiday Prize basket giveaway x 3 | vegan items and gift cards valued at $250+
  12. Donated 300 Tofurky roasts to fulfill Ottawa Food Bank request for people in need of plant based holiday meals
  13. Zengarry Veganuary recipe ebook & product discount provided to VegOttawa members
  14. Melanie Boudens online cooking class #2 | Pass giveaway to lucky VegOttawa members
  15. Added Ottawa Vegan & Vegan Friendly Business Directory to website
  16. Added Vegan Transition help page to website
  17. Added new discount offerings: Sea Glass Films & Photography, Gabrielle Peterka Hair Salon, Hippie Mylk, Van Tran Photography, Wuxly Movement (increased discount from 10% to 20%)

2019 Events, Activities and Accomplishments

  1. Hosted well-attended vegan brunch potluck
  2. Represented VegOttawa at Ottawa VegFest 2019 (sold 60 VO memberships)
  3. Hosted Beyond Meat(sausages & burgers) BBQ potluck at Vincent Massey Park
  4. Hosted screening of “A Prayer For Compassion” at Saint-Paul University with guest speaker, producer Dr. Sailesh Rao
  5. Hosted screening of Dr. Greger’s “How Not To Die” at Copper Branch Barrhaven with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Purdy
  6. Major supporter of the International Vegan Film Festival
  7. Financially supported Nation Rising with a $500 donation
  8. Donated 113 Tofurky Roasts to the Ottawa Food Bank, Kanata Food Cupboard & FAMSAC to offer plant based holiday meals to people in need
  9. Organized Dr. Greger’s visit on March 9th at Algonquin Commons Theatre for his “How Not to Diet” speaking tour. Sold Out!
  10. Completed the name change from National Capital Vegetarian Association to VegOttawa Association
  11. Made significant changes to the website
  12. Added new discount offerings: Copper Branch Barrhaven, Cinnaholic, World Financial Group



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