Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre is a multi-service agency providing accessible and innovative programming for community members in Toronto’s West End, including low-income children, youth and families, homeless men, vulnerable adults and seniors.
Participants in CONC programs are new to Canada, learning English, members of families supported by a sole parent, navigating mental health and physical health challenges, struggling with substance abuse, underhoused and homeless, or otherwise living in circumstances that leave them vulnerable to poverty.
Each programming area operates year-round in the Christie Ossington Community through the support of local businesses, residents, schools and other social service agencies to provide essential support and opportunities for over 9,000 vulnerable people each year.
Providing after school, summer, and special events programming for approximately 1,200 children each year from local low-income families who are often also new to Canada, learning English, supported by a sole parent and navigating social/behavioral challenges.
Providing employment training, supportive counseling, skill-building workshops, arts and recreation activities, and civic engagement opportunities for youth in the Christie Ossington community.
An Integrated approach to service delivery across our shelter, housing and drop-in programs.
CONC’s Shelter and Housing Programs and our Drop-In & Food Access Program work in close collaboration to provide targeted supports that assist program participants and shelter residents to take steps toward better health, security and sustainability.
Drop-In & Food Access
Providing healthy meals, phone, fax and internet access, informative and skill-based workshops, shower and laundry facilities and personal support for approximately 2,000 people each year in the Christie Ossington community. The Drop-In Program is also the first point of access for over 700 volunteers each year, many of whom are new to Canada, learning English and seeking accessible community connections.
Shelter & Housing
Providing overnight shelter and supporting the well-being of men in the Christie Ossington community who are homeless, street-oriented, facing mental and physical health issues, substance abuse, unemployment and other barriers to maintaining adequate housing. The Men’s Hostel provides assistance to an average of 68 men per night, every night of the year.