What is The Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa?

The Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa (CDEPO) provides individual and group programming to adults with type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes to help them manage this chronic disease, live healthy and avoid complications.  A Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Dietitian(RD) work as a team to provide care. Our team also includes a Registered Kinesiologist and a Social Support Worker.

Our program has a behavioural focus to promote self-care behaviours that can help people achieve targets for staying healthy.  We also work collaboratively with Primary Care Providers and can provide support and recommendations on treatment plans as needed.

We are one of the largest community diabetes education programs in the province, providing services at 9 different locations across Ottawa with teams based out of Community Health Centres and Community Resource Centres.

CDEPO is part of a network of diabetes education programs in Ottawa.

Services include:

  • Group education programs - our Group programs are based on the "Wellness Wheel."

  • Appointments with a Nurse  and/or Dietitian who specialize in diabetes

  • Start people on insulin (in partnership with family physicians, nurse practitioners and specialists)

  • Follow-up care to help people manage their diabetes

  • Chiropody/Foot Care Services (referral by healthcare providers)

The Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa is funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (Champlain LHIN). It is managed by Centretown Community Health Centre on behalf of the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa. We work in partnership with family physicians, nurse practitioners and specialists and with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network.

Our Mission

The Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa (CDEPO) is committed to excellence in providing accessible, timely diabetes education and self management support to adults with diabetes. Through collaborative practice with health care partners we ensure that people will receive the most appropriate level of care by the best providers.

Programs and Services

Diabetes Education Program

Specialized nurses and dietitians provide group and individual sessions. These services are funded by the government; they are FREE to you.

  • Group Programs
  • Individual appointments with nurse and/or dietitian
  • Follow-up care
  • Start individuals on insulin (in partnership with referring physicians, nurse practitioner and specialists)
  • Start individuals on a GLP-1 analog (in partnership with referring physicians, nurse practitioner and specialists)
  • Work with referring physicians, nurse practitioner and specialists to adjust insulin & diabetes medications.

Who do we serve? Our diabetes education program serves adults 18 years of age and older, who have type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Chiropody services are available to adults with Type 1 diabetes as well as Type 2 diabetes.

What Languages are available?
We have educators on staff who speak French, English, and several other languages and we have access to interpreters in many other languages.

Where are we located?
Across the city of Ottawa, from Kanata in the west to Orleans in the east, as well as central and south Ottawa locations.

When do we offer education?
Group programs are offered Monday through Friday. They are offered during the day or evening. 

What else do we offer:

  • Family members are welcome to attend group programs and appointments.

  • Risk assessments: (identifying risk factors for diabetes, community education), are offered in collaboration with community organizations in partnership with SCREEN

  • Training for health care providers and others who support people living with diabetes

  • On-site services are available in some primary care offices, pharmacies, retirement homes and other locations in the community – Contact us if you would like us to offer a clinic or an education session in your location

DIABETES FOOD GUIDE ORDER FORM for health professionals available in a number of languages

How to access our program?


-Healthcare provider referral:  REFERRAL FORM