Our Story

In the 1970s, local communities began to look for more control over their community services. They negotiated with their local city governments: a new approach and partnerships emerged. These community hubs began to be turned over to residents who partnered with the city to ensure that these met local needs.

Today, we are each in partnership with the City of Toronto: the municipal government provides us the facilities and core operating resources to serve our communities. Alongside this support, an independent community-based board helps to shape and set the direction of our centres: we're in local control, with the right flexibility to adapt to what we need today.

The AoCC movements are now an inspired model of what can happen when the city, its residents and other community members work together.

What We Do

We create an important bridge between the City of Toronto and the community sector as we are active members of community-based networks and committees throughout the city. ​​

Account for 10 of the 28 Toronto Neighbourhood Centres member organizations
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Provide affordable space to more than 255 community and user groups
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Provide over 635 programs and services to local residents
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Offer a vehicle to leverage City investment in communities
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Raise $1.41 for every City $1 invested in core administrative activities – this is on the rise
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Help to advance Council-approved plans and strategies, such as the Seniors Strategy, Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, etc.
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Leading Community Innovations

Each AOCC is unique. As neighbourhood focused centres, programming and initiatives reflect the assets and needs of each neighbourhood. The diversity of the AOCC’s community innovations span from creating conditions for the full participation of LGBTQ2S communities, to advancing local social enterprise and advocating on diversity, equity and inclusion issues critical to our communities and neighbourhoods.

The 519

The 519 has been built by Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities as a space where people come together to celebrate, organize, and create community. Through programming, direct service, and advocacy, The 519 works with communities to respond to the needs of our local neighbourhoods and 2SLGBTQ+ communities across Toronto and beyond.

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Ralph Thornton

RTCC is where neighbours meet, events are celebrated, programs are enjoyed, and support is exchanged. We develop programs, nourish culture, and empower resident action.  We work with other agencies, individuals, and groups to build the capacity of a caring, healthy, and vibrant community.

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Our waterfront community is the fastest growing vertical neighbourhood in the City! Our programs mirror our community as the demand for family, children, community outreach and senior programs are on the rise. By engaging the community, we ensure that WNC’s activities will meet the growing and diverse needs of our neighbourhood – now and in the future.

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What People Think of the AoCC

Our Impact

Every day, AOCCs make a difference in our city. These are a just a few examples of how.




Clients served


Dollars Raised in One Year


Networks Connected

104,669+ sq ft

Space for Community Use


Volunteers Hosted
Swansea Town Hall

95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada

Scadding Court Community Centre

707 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ralph Thornton Community Centre

765 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

627 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON, Canada

Eastview Community Centre

86 Blake Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Community Centre 55

97 Main Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Central East Eglinton Centre

160 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, Canada

Cecil Community Centre

58 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Applegrove Community Complex

60 Woodfield Road, Toronto, ON, Canada

The 519

The 519, Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9, Canada