Association of Community Centres
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.
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.
The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $8.172 million gross and $7.869 million net.
The 2018 opening net budget pressure of $0.059 million, or 0.8% is due to known salary and benefit costs and inflationary increases for non-payroll costs. Due to the Centres’ current lean operations, no further reductions are included in the 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget in order to maintain the same service levels for 2018.
- 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.
- 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 2300 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 Eglington 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’s 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 Preliminary Operating Budget provides adequate funding for inflationary cost increases 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 Preliminary Operating Budget for AOCCs is $8.172 million gross and $7.869 million net, representing an increase of 0.8% to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget attributed to the salary and benefit increases and inflationary increases for utilities, office maintenance, and contracted service expenditures.
- Staff complement will remain unchanged from the 2017 level at 77.9 positions.
- The 2018 Preliminary 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.