Coordinated Access

Coordinated Access Nipissing

Coordinated Access Nipissing (CAN) is a shift in the way that community agencies support individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Individuals and families can contact any of the agencies listed below for information, referrals, and/or support. Households will be asked to complete a common intake and consent form and may be asked for further information to support their housing journey. Individuals who are experiencing homelessness will be given the option to add their name to the By-Name List (BNL). The By-Name List is a secure real-time list of all people experiencing homelessness in the District of Nipissing. This list is used to prioritize individuals and households based on their needs and to ensure no one falls through the cracks. Individuals and households on the by-name list will have their needs assessed. As services, supports, and housing options become available, individuals and households will be matched based on their needs and overall eligibility.

Access Points

Visit, call or email a CAN Access Point

  • Aids Committee of North Bay and Area (ACNBA)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of North Bay and Distrcit
  • Crisis Centre North Bay (CCNB)
  • District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB)
  • Low Income People's Involvement of Nipissing (LIPI)
  • Legion Service Bureau
  • North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre (NBIFC)
  • The Gathering Place
  • True Self Debwewendiziwin Program


  • Complete an intake
  • Make sure individuals are safe
  • Address basic needs (food, water, medical attention)
  • Assist with preventing homelessness

Successful Prevention or Diversion of homelessness will result in the end of this process.  If unable to help the individual or household at risk the process continues.


Speak with Individual to learn more about heir needs, barriers, wants and goals until housed.


Match and refer to appropriate & available supports, services, and housing until housed.


Once housed: regular check-ins and support


Coordinated Access Nipissing Agency



Crisis Centre North Bay


Crisis Centre North Bay Low Barrier Shelter


AIDS Committee North Bay and Area


Canadian Mental Health Association – North Bay and District


District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) Housing Programs


Legion Services Bureau


Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing


Nipissing First Nations True Self Debwewendizwin Program


North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre


The Gathering Place North Bay