The Centre francophone de Toronto is a non-profit organization that serves, first and foremost, as the main entry point for Francophones who live or plan to settle in Toronto. The Centre helps promote the well-being of the Francophone community, and has developed a community-based and multi-disciplinary approach. It offers a range of services to meet the needs of all Francophones in the GTA.
The current Centre francophone de Toronto was created on April 28, 2004 by the merger of two organizations: the Centre francophone de Toronto and the Centre médico-social communautaire (CMSC).
- 1976: The Conseil des organismes francophones du Toronto métropolitain / COFTM (Metropolitan Toronto Council of Francophone Organizations) is created to help bring together the Francophone population and ensure greater cooperation between groups and organizations. The Conseil has 17 member groups at the time of its creation.
- 1989: The Centre médico-social communautaire / CMSC (Medical, Social and Community Centre) is created on October 23, 1989, through the efforts of the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (French-Canadian Association of Ontario) to establish a Francophone medical centre. The initiative is funded in large part by the COFTM.
- 1990: In the 1990s, the Conseil des organismes francophones du Toronto métropolitain (Metropolitan Toronto Council of Francophone Organizations) broadens its range of services for Francophones.
- 1993: The CMSC opens a north Toronto satellite office and continues developing services (primary care clinic, adult mental health, infant services, children’s mental health services, etc).
- 2002: The CMSC opens Ontario’s first Clinique d’aide juridique francophone (Francophone legal aid clinic).
- 2003: The CMSC opens Ontario’s first Centre de la petite enfance francophone (Francophone early childhood centre).
- 2004: On April 28, 2004 the CFT is created from the merger of these two groups, and is Ontario’s only Francophone organization to propose a range of community health, newcomer settlement and social services.
- 2010: The CFT launches a full range of employment services for Francophones.
- 2012: The CFT launches the first mental health service for Francophone teens in the GTA.
- The Centre francophone fulfills its mission with the help of important donors.
- Through partnerships with local Francophone and Anglophone groups, it conducts joint activities throughout the year to improve the well-being of Francophone populations.
- The Centre also plays a key role in the community through fundraising activities and events it organizes with important community partners (Black History Month, etc.).
- The Centre is a member organization of Centraide / United Way Toronto, and funds raised by the United Way help finance activities for its clientele.
Demographic profile of Toronto’s Francophone community
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