Nurse Practitioner, Brantford Downtown Outreach Team

About St. Leonard's

St. Leonard’s Community Services Brantford has been an established part of the community for more than 50 years, and is accredited for our excellence in serving children, youth, adults, and families.

Our Values

These aren’t just “lip-service” to us – we work and live by them.  If you do, too, we want to talk to you!

  • Inclusive – we value everyone and their unique perspectives and journeys
  • Compassionate – we care about our clients, our staff, partners, and the communities we serve
  • Collaborative – we work together to support our clients and community
  • Integrity – we hold ourselves accountable and are fair, trustworthy, and dedicated to our mission to empower people to achieve their vision of independence, health, and wellbeing
  • Innovative – we are open to change and continuous improvement
  • Genuine – we are honest, respectful, and authentic with our clients, each other, and our partners
  • Optimistic – we believe that everyone can accomplish their goals
Pay rate: $62.56 per hour plus benefits
March 28, 2023
Hours of Work

37.5 hours weekly. Monday to Friday, with the possibility of evenings, should the need arise for in-reach or outreach function.

Contract ends: March 31, 2024


The Outreach Nurse Practitioner (NP) collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to provide mental health, addictions, and primary health care as part of the Brantford Downtown Outreach Team (BDOT). BDOT offers flexible outreach services to street involved individuals who may be experiencing homelessness, addictions, mental health challenges, or other concerns. They provide low-barrier, mobile, practical support, engaging in solution-focused interactions, providing harm reduction education and supplies, delivering primary care and addiction medicine services, connecting to short-term shelter, providing substance use and mental health counselling, and facilitating linkage to ongoing housing, health, and social service support.  BDOT plays a vital role in building connection and ensuring care continuity. BDOT functions from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, harm reduction perspective while building respectful relationships.  This is an opportunity to provide quality care to an underserved population, within a flexible community agency dedicated to helping our clients live the healthiest lives possible. You make a difference! 

The Outreach Nurse Practitioner:

  • Directly engages with individuals where they are situated, developing rapport, and building respectful relationships
  • Provides care that is recovery oriented, trauma-informed, and reflects harm reduction principles
  • Conducts comprehensive assessments and provides primary care, mental health, and addiction medicine intervention as appropriate, within their scope of practice
  • Facilitates linkage to ongoing primary care, mental health and addiction medicine services, and makes referrals to psychiatry
  • Collaborates within multiple partners including the BDOT interdisciplinary team, other Agency programs, and external partners to ensure coordinated, comprehensive care
  • Adheres to CPSO prescribing guidelines and CNO Standards of Practice, and demonstrates practice competencies
  • Maintains clinical competence through relevant evidence-based research and legislation
  • Contributes to program quality improvement by providing ongoing feedback on program effectiveness

Provides occasional backfill coverage for absences of the NP within the Agency’s withdrawal management

Training: Initial comprehensive training related to all aspects of the role, as well as access to ongoing professional development

A note about COVID-19:  Our Agency is committed to the safety of staff. We are following Public Health guidance on precautions regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment, screening of staff and clients, physical distancing, cleaning, hand hygiene, and testing. If you are selected for an interview, we will answer any questions you may have on the precautions currently in place.


  • Registered in Good Standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) - Extended Class License
  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Master's degree preferred
  • Successful completion of a Nurse Practitioner program from a recognized university
  • Minimum of two years’ related clinical experience in mental health and/or addictions setting, with knowledge of addiction medicine and harm reduction
  • Knowledge of CNO Standards of Practice and commitment to maintaining reflective practice standards
  • Expertise in clinical assessment and evidence-based care needs of people living with substance use, mental health, and social determinants of health concerns
  • Completion of CNO approved education for prescription of controlled substances
  • Mandatory liability insurance that meets CNO requirements for NPs
  • Membership with NPAO or RNAO an asset
  • Knowledgeable in trauma-informed practices and motivational interviewing techniques for the concurrent disorders’ population
  • Knowledge of Canadian Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, as well as relevant legislation, including the Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent Act, and Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)
  • Clinical leadership skills to organize and coordinate the care of clients
  • Current BCLS/CPR certification
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to manage frequent exposure to direct and vicarious trauma
  • Proof of full vaccination (3 doses) against COVID-19

Preference will be given to candidates who have the Canadian Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Certification (CPMHN)


Start date: as soon as possible


  • Fitness Benefit for gym memberships, exercise equipment and lessons for various physical activities for all staff and their families
  • Employee Assistance Plan for all staff and their families
  • Paid Time Off for all staff including Wellness Hours
  • Fun events for all staff
  • Participation in RSP/TFSA plans for all staff, with Agency pension match for Full Time and eligible Part Time staff
  • Group health, vision, dental and travel insurance plans where premiums are 100% paid by the Agency for Full Time staff
  • An Agency committed to ensuring your physical and mental health/safety is paramount

How to Apply

Email:  Fax: 226.400.8759

Apply by: March 28, 2023

Reference: Outreach Nurse Practitioner

Our Commitment to Job Seekers

St. Leonard’s Community Services Inc. is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  We acknowledge that we live and work on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wyandot, the Haudenosaunee, and some of the Ojibwa Nation.  The territory is mutually covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this community, on this territory.  We also acknowledge that the settler population has been able to benefit from this beautiful land.  We are all treaty members and will strive to act in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and center their voices.

The Agency values the diverse and intersectional identities of its clients and staff.  The Agency regards equity and diversity as an integral part of excellent community service and is committed to accessibility for all staff.  The Agency seeks applicants who embrace our values and beliefs around respect for the dignity and diversity of our clients, staff, and community.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The Agency encourages applications from all qualified individuals.  If you are an applicant with disabilities and require accommodations, please let us know at the time of our contact so that we may arrange for their provision.

Personal information submitted will only be used for the purposes of the competition in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.