Providing jobs and training for individuals facing barriers to employment

Right Bike

Right Bike is a social business that provides jobs and training for individuals in the community who are working to overcome barriers to employment. We deliver a community-based bike share service in Ottawa, Canada.

Originally conceived by a business improvement association and grassroots environmental organization as a means to build community and reduce congestion in Ottawa West, the initiative was brought to Causeway Work Centre in 2011 to explore its potential for job creation and training.

In partnership with local businesses and organizations, the bike share service has gone on to connect neighbourhoods across Ottawa with our ever-expanding fleet of signature purple bikes. Right Bike has also become a centre for training and employment in bicycle mechanics. We also partner with local agencies to promote bike safety.

We exist to provide training and employment, promote sustainable and healthy transportation, and strengthen relationships in the community.

Causeway Work Centre

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Right Bike proudly operates under the umbrella of Causeway Work Centre. Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that empowers and supports people in overcoming disabilities and other challenges to help them find rewarding work and live more independently.

The Causeway Group of Social Businesses

Right Bike is the youngest member of the Causeway Group of Social Businesses, a growing network of socially-minded ventures focused on transforming disadvantaged lives through training and employment. Each provides substantial employment experience in a workplace of good business practice. They also support other organizations, share expertise, address societal goals, and forge partnerships that are contributing to more vibrant economic development in Ottawa.

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Cycle Salvation

Cycle Salvation is a social business that provides employment opportunities refurbishing donated bikes using a multi-point process. We offer bikes to the public at affordable prices.

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Good Nature Groundskeeping

Good Nature Groundskeeping is a lawn and yard maintenance company operating year-round in the city of Ottawa. With a portfolio excellent service in the non-profit, commercial and residential sectors while supporting people to reach their employment goals.

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Krackers Katering

A small catering business with a big heart. Providing exceptional quality food for all levels of the private and public sector at a reasonable price while supporting our staff in reaching their employment goals.

Our Partners

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,000 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province.

United Way

Ottawa's partner in building a united community. By creating partnerships, mobilizing support, and working directly with community members are to tackle the biggest social problems.

The Cooperators

Insurance experts that are active community members to catalyze sustainability and to champion strong co-operative roots.

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City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is the corporate entity of municipal government in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The corporation is responsible for provision of services to the public as well as enforcement of municipal by-laws.

Healthy Transportation Coalition

The Healthy Transportation Coalition is a grassroots movement of concerned citizens, organizations and businesses working together to increase healthy transportation policies and necessary infrastructure investments in the National Capital Region.

Pedal Easy

Pedal Easy is an Ottawa-based company based that designs and manufactures light-weight electric bikes. Pedal Easy provides Right Bike with electric bikes to help us move our bikes to and from our shop.

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Sustainable Living Ottawa West

A grassroots community network in Ottawa's west end exploring local projects to live in an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling way. They seek to address longer-standing concerns about poverty, social inequity and individual suffering in a concrete manner.

Wellington West BIA

Wellington West Business Improvement Area supports and strengthens the local business community and fosters the conditions for 425 businesses and 260 commercial property owners to thrive. One of Right Bike's founding partners.

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