To enhance the quality of life for our community, and deliver purposeful services to advance the social and economic integration of our community into broader Canadian society.
To grow a united, engaged, and prosperous community.
Families received Food Bank support
Legal cases were attended at our Legal Clinic with issues related to Employment and Immigration
One-on-one settlement counselling clients were assisted
A group of Spanish women organized the celebration of Christmas in 1972 with women and Spanish-speaking children. That demonstrated the need for an organization to serve the growing Hispanic community in Toronto.
The Centre was founded under the leadership of director Gloria Montero, sociologist Ana Alberro, and immigration counselor Rempel Kathi.
The Center received funding from Immigrant Settlement and Adaption Program (ISAP) of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC). At that time, the Centre was located on Dupont Street near Davenport, which included a counseling program. New immigrants from Ecuador and Colombia increased the need for services.
The arrival of refugees from Chile, Uruguay and Argentina grew the community even more, and the Centre became the home of additional community development initiatives. The Centre also established a volunteer, legal consultation program with law students from the University of Toronto, not just for the purpose of establishing legal advice for Spanish-speaking workers, but also to establish a relationship between future lawyers of the province and the Hispanic community. This initiative has proved highly beneficial during the history of the Center.
The Centre started English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and in 1981, founded the Women’s Program.
The Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples has added youth, volunteer and AIDS prevention programs. It is happy to serve tens of thousands of Spanish speaking peoples in Toronto and throughout Canada each and every year.
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - AIDS Bureau
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- City of Toronto - Community Service Partnership & Toronto Urban Health Fund
- Laidlaw Foundation
- Legal Aid Ontario
- Employment Services Toronto - Investing in Neighborhoods
- United Way of Greater Toronto
- New Horizons for Seniors Program
- Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
- Canadian Women’s Foundation
- COSTI Immigrant Services
- CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish
- ESET Canada
- Correo Canadiense
- Toronto Police Neighbourhood Officer Program
- North York Harvest Food Bank
- Black Creek Community Health Centre
- HQ Toronto
- The Redwood Mobile Healing Centre
- University of Ottawa
- Ontario HIV Treatment Network
- Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council (HCHC)
- Hispanic Development Council (HDC)
- University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- San Lorenzo
- BLACK COALITION FOR AIDS PREVENTION
- Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention
- ASIAN COMMUNITY AIDS SERVICES (ACAS)
- Action Positive
- Unison Health and Community Services
- Radio Voces Latinas
- Proclean Contracting
- Two Ten Footwear Foundation Canada
- America United FC
- Mario Armani, Real Estate