NEW DISCOUNT: Maverick’s Donuts

We are over the moon to share that Maverick’s Donuts is now offering VegOttawa members 10% off vegan donuts, up to a 6 pack, for in-store purchases!

At Maverick’s, their vegan collection of fresh donuts are handmade from scratch everyday, without any animal products.  

You may have seen Maverick’s pop up when they first began operations in 2016. A true love of donuts is what sparked the creation of Maverick’s Donut Company. The thought of offering fresh donuts made daily was the core principal behind our company’s mission and one that we continue to actively pursue. This is a company that stands out as being the one true “Maverick” of the city’s donut scene. 

Fast forward to today, their Fall line-up is in full production including these delicious flavours:

Follow Maverick’s Donuts on Instagram & Facebook!
Most importantly, check out their website to find a location near you, and go eat some vegan donuts!!!

Get To Know VegOttawa!

So, you’ve heard about VegOttawa in passing but you’re not quite sure about the who-what-when-where-why of our organization? Let us introduce ourselves so that you can learn about how we’re establishing ourselves as a pillar of the vegan community.

What is VegOttawa’s role in the community?

VegOttawa is a not-for-profit organization that serves members of the community by providing education and resources; fundraising for various initiatives and charities; operating a membership program; and hosting events to bring together members of the veg community. We aim to be the hub and the heart of the Ottawa vegan community providing resources and support to those who are vegan or exploring a veg-friendly lifestyle.

How old is VegOttawa?

Originally called the National Capital Vegetarian Association (NCVA), VegOttawa was founded in 2006 and turns 16 this October. We rebranded in 2019 to align ourselves with a vegan identity.

Who runs VegOttawa?

All of VegOttawa’s Board of Directors are volunteers! We also have volunteers who contribute to the VegOttawa organization and some stellar advisors (former board members).  Every year elections are held for the VegOttawa board which allow new members and people interested to become involved. In the case that a board member cannot continue their term, bylaws allow the board to cast votes to fill the board between elections. In fact, we’re looking to recruit new board members NOW!

Can I volunteer?

Volunteer roles include everything from our dedicated social media coordinators to our exciting new humane education ambassador and support at events. We are constantly growing and seeking new support – so if you have a skill you’d like to share we would love to invite you to help us! You can consult our complete list of volunteer opportunities and fill out our volunteer form on our website! We hope to hear from you!!!

What is VegOttawa’s policy on inclusivity?

VegOttawa Association is committed to being an inclusive organization and fighting against oppression of all kinds. This includes speciesism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, colourism and discrimination of all kinds. We are a pro LGBTQIA2S+ organization.VegOttawa Association acknowledges that we live and work on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabe territory. We recognize and respect the Algonquin Anishaabe Nation as the traditional stewards of this land since time immemorial, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live and work in this area that they have protected for millennia. As an organization, we are committed to centering reconciliation throughout our work.

I have a vegan event coming up. Can VegOttawa help me?

VegOttawa wants to support the vegan community. That’s why we accept sponsorship/funding requests year-round. Have an event you want to veganize? An idea you just can’t seem to get started? We’re here to help you!

Does VegOttawa run VegFest?

From 2011-2017 VegOttawa ran VegFest with the incredible dedication of our board and volunteers. In 2018 and beyond VegFest was run by a non-affiliated member of the public and has not been hosted by VegOttawa since. That doesn’t mean we don’t have plans for the future, just that we’ll be back in action under a new name.

Do you host events? Where can I connect with you?

Yes! VegOttawa is so excited to be able to offer in-person events again, and in fact, we’ll be hosting a fall cooking class and tabling at a few festivals this autumn. And don’t forget – VegOttawa members often get discounted or even free tickets to our events!

Who can become a member? Do I need to be vegan? 

VegOttawa welcomes individuals from a variety of backgrounds—vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegans interested in learning more about the benefits of plant-based living! 

What does becoming a member mean?

As a non-profit organization we rely on membership fees to support programming and sharing veg resources in the national capital region. Membership is $22.50 per year and secures you discounts at over 26 of our business partners! You may become a member by visiting our website: 

I have a veg-friendly business. How do I get in on this action?
If you have a business that is veg-friendly we would love to add you to our directory, secure a discount for our members, or work together on sponsorship for our events. There are so many options. You can find out more information about business partnership here: 

What does VegOttawa do with the membership fees (how are these funds allocated)? 

Our board develops an annual budget to ensure membership fees are used effectively to help advance our mission. Funds may be used for the following: operational fees (i.e. website), events (i.e. venue rental fees), sponsorship (i.e. International Vegan Film Festival). VegOttawa provides a financial update to all members at the Annual General Meeting.

Are there many vegan places in Ottawa? 

Ottawa has plenty of vegan establishments and is only expected to grow! For a list of vegan or vegan-friendly establishments, please consult our directory page.

Do you collaborate with other organizations?

Yes! VegOttawa is proud to endorse and support organizations that are helping to increase animal welfare and protection, end environmental disaster, support social justice for all and enable everyone to live long and healthy lives. We value collaboration with others and know that it takes a village. You can see our current collabs on our network page.

Where and how can I follow VegOttawa?

Aside from our website, individuals can follow VegOttawa on our social media platforms. We are on Facebook and Instagram

What does VegOttawa hope to achieve within the next 5 years?

The VegOttawa board is currently working to increase VegOttawa’s presence and brand recognition by becoming the go-to place for all things veg in Ottawa. Make sure you stay tuned to this blog for upcoming announcements about our big plans!

Still have questions? Want to learn even more or get involved? Drop us a line at: 

NEW DISCOUNT: The Weightlifting LAB

We are thrilled to announce The Weightlifting Lab is now offering VegOttawa members a FREE initial consultation session and 15% off all new memberships!

The Weightlifting Lab not only offers training at their in-person lab but they also offer online training and nutrition options that will help you look and feel your best.

Owner and Head Trainer, Mat Sawyer, has over 20 years of practical experience in the health & fitness industry. He has worked with many different types of people, helping them realize their goals and discover their true strength, both physically and mentally. He has consistently elevated his coaching expertise over the years specializing primarily in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting with a core emphasis on teaching all of his clients the importance of a proper training program, proper nutrition to fuel the body, and proper recovery practices so his clients get the most out of their individual training programs. Mat truly believes in the power of positivity. He strives to educate and empower his clients helping them realize their dreams and regain their happiness and  confidence so they can then spread that positive energy to help others in need in their personal life and their community.

Make sure to book your FREE initial consultation today! 
Follow The Weightlifting Lab on Instagram and Facebook.

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NEW DISCOUNT! Jacked on the Beanstalk!

VegOttawa members enjoy 15% off the regular priced coaching and protein powder purchases!

Samantha Shorkey brings a friendly don’t-be-a-stranger approach to her fitness enterprise. Having earned her pro card in 2014 and being the first-ever vegan WNBF bikini pro, Shorkey also brings her expertise to Jacked on The Beanstalk. Shorkey is an ACE-certified personal trainer and certified Weight Management Specialist who can help you meet your fitness goals whether you are interested in building muscles or just looking to get into shape! With customized online coaching and meal plans, Jacked on The Beanstalk can help you transform into a healthier you!

NEW DISCOUNT! Zengarry Fauxmagerie

VegOttawa Members now save 15% off their dairy-free cheeses and pestos (excluding bundles) and 10% off in store from Zengarry Fauxmagerie.

Did you know Zengarry first launched in 2013 at VegOttawa’s VegFest?! Since then, Zengarry has become an Ottawa Vegan household name and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Zengarry to our business partner and discount list!

Dairy free and vegan, Zengarry’s cashew cheese is lovingly prepared in small batches in their modern production facility. Their team is committed to creating delicious, high-quality artisanal plant-based cheese and dairy alternatives. The result: a rich and delicious plant-based cheese that’s good for you and the environment!

With so many delicious options to chose from, you can now save, meaning you don’t have to choose. You can buy them all with this stellar discount!

NEW DISCOUNT! Kyan Cuisine!

VegOttawa members can enjoy 15% off first-time purchases!

Kyan Cuisine was founded in 2019 with a commitment to bring nourishing, healthy and vegan meals to the community. Eating balanced meals while leaving animals out of the equation has never been easier with Kyan supplying 100% plant-based meals directly to your door.

From family sized buddha bowls to frozen meals to homemade dressings and sauces. Kyan Cuisine has a variety of options that are sure to make you lick the plate. I mean, who could pass up a lentil walnut taco mix or thai coconut curry soup?! Kyan Cuisine also offers corporate event catering!

Make sure you run over to Kyan Cusine to make your first order today!

NEW DISCOUNT! Secondhand Stories

Secondhand Stories will now offer a 20% discount off all book orders for VegOttawa Association members!
Check them out on facebook or their website. Get your discount code from your Cardskipper discount app.

Secondhand Stories is a registered non-profit online book shop based out of the Carlington neighbourhood of Ottawa that donates all profits to local farm animal rescue, The Sweet Sanctuary. They accept donations of gently used books and post them for sale here, always for only FIVE ($5) dollars each! Since being established in November 2020 Secondhand Stories has donated over $17,000 #fortheanimals.


In 2019 my partner and I had the opportunity to visit the sweet sanctuary and meet the animals. It was life changing. We immediately fell in love with Pippa, Ellen (in the picture to the left) and all the animals and knew we wanted to support this sanctuary.

We learned that piggies like belly rubs, chickens are soft and, most importantly, that the owners of the sanctuary are the most caring, selfless and compassionate people we’ve ever met. Over the years we’ve seen how their compassion has known no limits.T hey’ve taken in new animals and provided them safe refuge.They’ve done everything they can to improve the lives of the animals in their care – like finding new and better feed for the piggies – like constantly expanding the meadows and pig forests for their animals. 

We are so proud to support The Sweet Sanctuary and every penny of profit we earn will always be raised #fortheanimals 

-Secondhand Stories Founder & Director


If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.

NEW DISCOUNT! Soungui Fitness

Soungui Fitness will now offer a 15% discount off of new gym memberships, personal and partner training, virtual classes, and their awesome Soungui Fitness apparel to VegOttawa Association members!
Check them out on facebook, instagram or their website for information on services offered. Sign up or add a hoodie to your cart, enter the VegOttawa discount code and save!

Soungui Fitness is a medium focused on getting people from where they are to where they would like to be or have the potential to be.

At Soungui Fitness we aim to motivate you to maintain an active lifestyle through personalized training and the development of long-lasting, healthy habits. Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey, or you’re a disciplined athlete, you’re in capable hands with Soungui Fitness’ holistic approach to wellness. Healthy living doesn’t just mean fitness, it also means promoting mental and spiritual wellbeing. Our fitness philosophy is centred around vigorous activity, a careful diet, mindfulness and promoting mental health.


If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.

UPDATED DISCOUNT! | saaboon 15% Off!


SAABOON is an all-natural, vegan soap boutique based in Ottawa, Canada. 

Using the traditional cold-process soap-making method, our handcrafted soaps are made from scratch in small batches to ensure consistent quality. We use only the best natural oils and do not use synthetic chemicals or foaming agents, artificial fragrance oils, artificial colourings, or any preservatives. And we are 100% against animal testing!

saaboon will now offer a 15% discount off all their beautiful soaps, balms, face oils, deodorants, bath salts,… to VegOttawa Association members! (This replaces the previous discount of 10%)

Why buy handmade soap vs. commercial soap? The answer is very simple, with handmade soap, you get exactly that – soap. Commercial soap are not always true forms of soap – they are often detergents. Detergents are petroleum-based products, filled with synthetic, harsh chemicals that will leave your skin feeling dry, itchy, and irritated. Most manufacturers also remove a large percentage of the glycerin from their soap because glycerin contains a high resale value. The glycerin is sold to other companies to make lotions and creams. Glycerin is the natural by-product in the soap-making process. It is a humectant (helps moisturize your skin). With handmade soap, all the glycerin is retained. Whereas with commercial soap the ingredients consists of animal fats and other chemicals that will often leave your skin irritated, our handmade soap are made with all-natural vegetable and fruit oils that not only cleanse but leave your skin nourished and moisturized.

We use only the best oils and butters to make our products — these include olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, and avocado Oil.

Your satisfaction is extremely important to us. Our mission is to provide great quality products and excellent service.

Come visit our brick and mortar shop at 595 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Canada.



If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.

NEW DISCOUNT! PlantEd Project

PlantEd Project will now offer a 15% discount off of their Community and Private plant-based cooking workshops to VegOttawa Association members!
Check out their beautiful website (linked above) for more info. about PlantEd Project, their workshops, recipes, blog posts and more!

PlantEd Project is a women-run small business in Ottawa. Co-founders Jackie and Georgia are dedicated to making vegan cooking fun, easy, and accessible.

PlantEd Project provides the tools and resources to help you incorporate plant-based cooking, eating, and living into your daily life.

We offer Virtual Cooking Workshops where you can learn new plant-based recipes, pick up some vegan cooking tips and tricks, and spend time with like-minded people – all from the comfort of your own home.

Join us for a bi-weekly community session or book your very own private session with a group of friends, family, or colleagues. Join us in our journey and discover just how easy it can be to make sustainable choices three times a day.


If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.