The Association of Community Centres (AOCCs) is comprised of 10 volunteer board-run multi-purpose facilities providing a broad range of community, recreation and social service programs to residents in the local community.

Budget Notes

Association of Community Centres (AOCCs), which is made up of 10 community centres, provides program and services to meet the diverse and changing needs of communities. We are committed to fostering a sense of community, promoting
civic engagement and enhancing the quality of life through the development, provision and support of activities, services and programs responsive to local needs.

View the Association of Community Centres Program Map in greater detail.

The Association of Community Centres (AOCCs) consist of 10 volunteer board-run multi-purpose facilities providing a broad range of community, recreation and social service programs to residents in the local community.

2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $8.275 million gross and $7.972 million net.

The 2018 opening net budget pressure of $0.162 million, or 2.1% is due to known salary and benefit costs, inflationary increases for non-payroll costs, as well as funding for additional staff t;o support community needs and facility maintenance while maintaining the same service levels for 2018.

Fast Facts

  • The City has 10 AOCCs that provide a broad range of community, recreation and social service programs to meet the diverse and changing needs of communities with oversight provided by a Board of Management.
  • AOCCs’ governance represents a hybrid between a City Agency and an independent, not-for-profit, community based organization.
  • A Relationship Framework defines the relationship between the City of Toronto and the Boards of Management of each Association of Community Centre.

Trends

  • AOCCs continue to leverage third party funding enabling them to develop programs and services to meet emerging needs in their local community or catchment area or both, in addition to receiving core funding from the City of Toronto.
  • AOCCs continue to build community capacity, enhance civic engagement and encourage community participation by providing programming and support through services and special events.
  • AOCCs will receive in-kind contributions from volunteers, substantial in some cases, totaling 145,503 hours for the 10 AOCCs in 2018.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

The Association of Community Centres offers programs and services that respond to community requests and local needs.

The 2018 Operating Budget will enable AOCCs to continue to:

  • Lead the feasibility study for the Moss Park Redevelopment in partnership with the City of Toronto and private philanthropic partner for the creation of a new transformational, multi-dimensional facility at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.
  • Provide high quality services across the age range to the neighbourhood including pre-natal, early years, school age, teen, adult and older adult activities through 39,200 service contacts with over 2,300 individuals at the Applegrove Community Complex.
  • Provide programming and support to 28,412 individuals through 77,593 service encounters, leverage the assistance of 400 volunteers, contributing 23,724 hours of time at the Cecil Community Centre.
  • Enhance programming in 2018 and future years by maximizing fundraising revenue from special events through new event features and seeking community feedback for potential new events at the Central Eglinton Community Centre.
  • Collaborate with University of Toronto students to develop a two-phase comprehensive energy retrofit plan for the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, which will save the City energy costs and reduce the centre‚Äôs environmental footprint.
  • Provide accessible space for community groups and organizations, leverage alternative funding to deliver valuable services for children, seniors, low income and vulnerable people in the community through peer support, new comer mentorship, and public access to computer resources at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.
  • Explore opportunities to further expand initiatives including “Business out of the Box”, Aquaponics 707, and community kitchen programs at the Scadding Court Community Centre.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Maintain adequate, stable core City funding to ensure that Centres remain open and accessible and that programs and services are responsive and accessible to communities.
    • The 2018 Operating Budget provides adequate funding to maintain service levels.
  • Meet Local Community Needs through leveraging third party funding for programs that address the needs of more disadvantaged residents while responding to requests of new residents as gentrification and rising real estate prices change community composition.
    • The Centres will continue to leverage third party Program funding to fund new initiatives in response to the community requests and local needs.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Operating Budget for AOCCs is $8.275 million gross and $7.972 million net, representing an increase of 2.1% to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget.
  • Staff complement will increase by 2.7 from 2017 to 2018.
  • New and enhanced funding of $0.103 million for :
    • Additional 2.0 staff to support 519 Church Street Community Centre’s expanded facility.
    • Additional 0.7 staff to manage Central Eglinton Community Centre’s volunteer recruitment and expanded space.
  • The 2018 Operating Budget provides funding for 10 AOCCs to achieve the following services in local communities:
    • Build community capacity by establishing and leveraging partnership with corporations, volunteers and others,
    • Provide programing support services and special events to provide community engagement,
    • Provide affordable and accessible community space.