Aset Group Consulting & Counselling Services

Community venture programs to watch…

Aset Group Consulting and Counselling Services

supports community organizations, grassroots agencies and individuals that focus upon providing services which create a meaningful impact on our community. These organizations help to address systemic issues that our community members experiences such as untreated mental health difficulties, economical and poverty restraints, racism, homophobia, homelessness and so much more.  Individuals who manage private practice organizations support our community by offering under-serviced mental health treatment and resources to individuals in need.

We started.. Ifarada Institute

By supporting community, we build healthy families and individuals.  We make our country and our world GREATER by investing in intervention programs that focus upon supporting people live their best lives.

From 2008, we started the vision of creating a learning centre which focused upon supporting young people in their lives by meeting their cultural, identity, self-growth, and emotional needs.  We believed that supporting our youth through meeting some of the areas of their development, often missed, will help to improve their outcomes, create opportunities for youth, and empower their growth and learning.

youth domains

Ifarada Institute focuses …

supporting youth with

  1. Emotional Regulation- through mental health programs and groups to teach youth how to understand and manage their emotions in a healthy way.
  2. Mentoring Guidance- by connecting youth to mentors who share similar life experiences and challenges, and can provide the youth with such knowledge, guidance and support they need.
  3. Cultural awareness & participation- through cultural awareness, youth are educated on issues that impact themselves, their culture, their history and their elders.  They learn how to participate and develop their culture into something that represents their identity.
  4. Knowledge & self- through group programs and mentoring youth learn how to identify themselves in ways that promote their self-confidence and engagement with the world, they develop skills such as leadership, problem solving, empathy, emotional intelligence and more.
  5. Other domains- Ifarada Institute works with school and education, physical activity and sports teams, and families to promote the principles of Ifarada Institute.

To learn more about this program, visit us at: Ifarada Institute


Support community organizations…

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Photo by Crina Doltu on Pexels.com

In searching the internet, we found these ventures online…

  1. Community Benefits: Jobs and Opportunities Through Community Benefits
  2. The Durham Black Educators Network
  3. Futurpreneur Canada

Raising Healthy Children

One of my favorite pleasures in my life experience was raising my daughter and over 30 foster children.  Children have the unique opportunity to learn, to grow and to fashion a world in their minds which shapes their development into adulthood.  As a play therapist, social worker, and parent trainer, there are several suggestions I provide parents to help them raise healthy children.

The following is a list of resources I have found over the years which have been helpful to me.

One of the worries parents’ present is on the emotional and mental well being of their children.  As parents, we want our children to be:

  • emotionally healthy and strong,
  • to know how to manage their emotions,
  • to experience joy,
  • to manage feelings of self-doubt, anxiety
  • to maintain healthy friendships with others.

This article reviews some important principles to be aware of as parents.  Sometimes in trying to “protect” our children from harm, we can actually do harm.  As you review this list, write down and reflect upon any behaviors or emotions that you may have experienced as a parent.

  1. Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Reading this quote, made me laugh but also reflect.  How many times have I tried to shield children from pain in numerous ways.  Pain is inevitable.  I experience pain, you experience pain– but what we do with pain is the key to our resiliency.

The job of a parent is NOT to get our child to stop crying as quickly as possible. Tears are a sign of parental success, not failure.

This article sums up: the job of a parent is to:

  • Provide comfort through the frustration.
  • Draw out our child’s cleansing tears.
  • Show empathy to our child’s struggle.
  • Allow the life lesson to be learned naturally—not through preaching.
  • Support our child’s journey through the emotional tunnel.

The Train Analogy


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Parents and their two daughters together in bed

2. Inclusive Design: Students, Families and Staff Working Together

Imagine a world where learning was a collaborative process.  More and more school boards are consulting equity leaders and experts to help them develop learning where learners are engaged and involved in the process.  This helps our children to take initiative and become active participants in the learning process.  The following article provides an unique approach to a collaborative learning design.

3. How to Raise Confident Dark Skinned Girls in A Colorist Society

Raising healthy children also means raising children who have healthy sense of self and identity, children who learn to love their bodies and the skin they are in.  It is equally critical to raise healthy children who are knowledgeable about stigmas and perceptions imposed upon them. Such a great articles that addresses colorism geared for dark skinned girls BUT highly appropriate for children of all skin colours and ethnicity.

The Importance of Equity Leadership

Even though Canada is known in the world as a country that accepts and promotes diversity and tolerance, and it prides itself on the premises of inclusiveness, many reports in the past decade in regards to race, diversity, opportunity and services for individuals and families belonging to minority groups, overrepresentation of Black and Indigenous children and youth in child welfare and criminal justice system point out to the fact that Canada has a race problem. Social services agencies across the country, but more specifically in Ontario, are focusing in implementing the Anti-Oppressive practice framework, some with more success than others.  In the recent presentations and conversations with practicing social workers in various social services fields, it is apparent that some of the agencies do not have policies and procedures that speak to Anti-Oppressive practice. Identifying on the web site or job positing ads that the Agency is inclusive, and respects diversity, equity and equality does not mean that the Agency is practicing those principles in every day life, from hiring practices, promotion practices, to service practices. Besides the need of social service agencies to incorporate Anti-Oppressive practice guidelines, the most change to the Agency’s culture comes from the leadership style and implementation of the AOP guidelines with the powerful executive leadership groups (Tilbury & Thoburn, 2009; Wong & Ying Yee, 2010).

The structure of power in executive leadership groups is still mainly consistent of the male population belonging to the dominant culture. “Whenever one group of people accumulates more power than another group, the more powerful group creates an environment that places its members at the cultural center and other groups at the margins” (Kivel, 2002, pg. 1). This is how culture of power is created and cultivated. People that belong to the dominant group can rarely see the benefits and privileges that they have, and have little concern about the issues, thoughts, and challenges that the people not belonging to the dominant group have. The other issue that executive leadership groups are experiencing is detachment from the population that the agencies serve and their needs, which can influence services that could be offered, promoted and enhanced. When agencies start their work on inclusiveness and working with the equity lens, they have to focus not just on the diversity issues that are most visible, but also address issues on intersectional oppression, inclusiveness of all groups that could be represented, and assess how the agency can remove some of the barriers to allow for equity and equality (Kivel, 2002).

In March 2017, Ontario Government released their 3-year Anti-racism strategic plan called “A Better Way Forward” which goal is to “target systemic racism by building an anti-racism approach into the way government develops policies, makes decisions, evaluates programs, and monitors outcomes. It calls for a proactive, collaborative effort from all government ministries and community partners to work toward racial equity” (Government of Ontario, 2017, pg. 12). One part of the Ontario’s Anti-Racism strategy is the four-year commitment to help reduce disparities for Black children, youth, and families, called Ontario Black Youth Action Plan, presented in a report (Anucha, Srikanthan, Siad-Togane, & Galabuzi, 2017).  The report speaks to the five characteristics of organizations that meet the need of Black youth, which could apply to all organizations and agencies that serve this population. The Five characteristics are the following: “Black leadership and direction, Diverse Authentic representation, Sustainability, Responsiveness and Accountability, and Youth development” (Anucha et al, 2017, pg. 67).  The characteristic refer to the need for organizations to have culturally relevant services and a clear plan for engaging non-Black allies, to have diverse and authentic representation of Black communities at all levels within the organization, to involve both trust and support from the community, to develop good connection to other organizations, to have well defined long-term outcomes, the need to be proactive in accessing and monitoring data and arising issues pertinent to Black communities, and to practice meaningful engagement and development for youth (Anucha et al, 2017).

In my opinion, these conversations have to start from the top positions of the agencies. The agency’s implementation of anti-oppressive practice framework has to become one of the service priorities in the agency’s service plans. Leadership groups first have to commit to engaging in difficult conversations about the personal development of critical consciousness related to personal social position, privileges and blind spots (Sakamoto & Pitner, 2005). In my opinion the next step is engaging members of the community and those belonging to marginalized population in creation of the service plan, constantly analyzing the trends of service, engage in evidence –based practice, and engage in advocacy, social activism, and collaborative approach with other community partners. The development of the anti-oppressive practice framework then can continue through the policy review and development, making sure that the executive, senior and other leadership groups are representative of the population of employees as well as the population that is served by the agency. Furthermore, the implementation and development should be enhanced through ongoing training of staff in the area of anti-oppressive practice, and ongoing conversations in team meetings, conferences, and when meeting with service recipients. Agencies also have to ensure to include members of the community that could bring in the perspective of service recipients to their Board of directors. And finally, social services agencies should engage in accurate data collection that could assist in evaluation of services and its further development (Corneau & Stergiopoulos, 2012).


 

References

Anucha, U., Srikanthan, S., Siad-Togane, R. & Galabuzi, G.E. (2017). Doing Right Together for Black Youth: What We Learned from the Community Engagement Sessions for the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan. Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange. Toronto, ON.

Corneau, S., & Stergiopoulos, V. (2012). More than being against it: Anti-racism and anti oppression in mental health services. Transcultural psychiatry, 49(2), 261-282.

Government of Ontario.  (2017).  A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan. Ontario, Canada: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.

Kivel, P. (2002). The Culture of Power: Adapted From Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice [PDF file].

Sakamoto, I. & Pitner, R.O. (2005). Use of critical consciousness in anti-oppressive social work practice: Disentangling power dynamics at personal and structural levels. British Journal of Social Work, 35, 435-452. Doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bch190

Tilbury, C., & Thoburn, J. (2009). Using racial disproportionality and disparity indicators to measure child welfare outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review,31(10), 1101-doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.07.004

Wong, H., & Yee, J. Y. (2010). An Anti-oppression Framework for Child Welfare in Ontario.  Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.


 

 

Much thanks to Snezana Avramov-Atanasovska, MSW Graduate (2018) who put together this article on Equity Leadership

ASSET MAPPING FOR BLACK[1] CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

for Durham Region And Scarborough

Prepared by: Snezana Avramov-Atanasovska, MSW graduate (2018) of the University of Windsor


Introduction

Durham Region covers a large geographical area that spreads over 2,523 kmand covers the area between two lakes: Ontario and Simcoe Lake. Durham Region is also knows as “an east end of Grater Toronto Area” and consists of 8 municipalities: Town of Ajax, Township of Brock, Municipality of Clarington, City of Oshawa, City of Pickering, Township of Scugog, Township of Uxbridge, and Town of Whitby. It also contains one First Nations reserve: Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (“Regional Municipality of Durham”, n.d.). The 2016 Census data indicates that the population is Durham Region is 645,862, and that the region has seen an increase of 6,2% from the Census data from 2011 (Statistics Canada, 2017).

According to the Census data from 2016, there are 627,715 Black peoples living in Ontario and 51,380 of those live in Durham Region. The Black population in Durham region represents 8% of the total population, or 30% of total visible majority population, while that percentage for the Province of Ontario is 4.7%, or 16% of the total visible majority population. In the past couple of years, The Province of Ontario recognized the alarming trends of racism, overrepresentation of Black children and youth in child welfare and criminal justice system, and poor health outcomes that Black population endures. All of those issues are indicators of systemic racism and poverty. In attempt to address the systemic racism, Ontario Government released their 3-year Anti-racism strategic plan called “A Better Way Forward” which goal is to “target systemic racism by building an anti-racism approach into the way government develops policies, makes decisions, evaluates programs, and monitors outcomes. It calls for a proactive, collaborative effort from all government ministries and community partners to work toward racial equity” (Government of Ontario, 2017, pg. 12). The Government has dedicated 47 million dollars to Ontario Black Youth Action Plan alone, to reduce disparities for Black children, youth and families. This will hopefully increase the number of agencies and organizations that could provide meaningful and relevant services for Black children, youth and families.

The initial scan of specific services available to Black children, youth and families in Durham region was performed through Information Durham web site, which is a directory of all services available in Durham Region maintained by United Way, Durham region. The knowledge was also expanded in consultation with Nicole Perryman, Clinical Director at Aset Group Consulting and Counselling Services, and with other community partners. This report is focused on identifying agencies and organizations that have Black focused services in Durham Region, and mainstream agencies and organizations that have specific programs and services for Black children, youth and families. The report will also identify agencies with focused services and specific services that are located in east end of Scarborough, the area that individuals and families from Durham region could potentially access. The report will have a list of counsellors and consultants who are part of the Black community in Durham region.

The purpose of this report is to provide professionals in human services area with availability of services for Black children, youth and families that could be used for referral purposes, and to raise awareness of the lack of Black specific services in Durham region, so that the professionals, counsellors and consultants can identify gaps and collaborate together in developing programs that would better serve the members of the Black population.


Human Services Agencies and Organizations in Durham Region

The following are Black focused agencies and organizations (n=5) :

  • Congress of Black Women in Canada, Ajax/Pickering Chapter
  • Congress of Black Women in Canada, Oshawa/Whitby Chapter
  • Durham Black Educator’s Network
  • Canadian Jamaican Club of Oshawa
  • Club Carib Oshawa Inc. (Appendix A)

Agency

Telephone

Email

Services Provided

Location/Website

Congress of Black Women of Canada, Ajax/Pickering Chapter

1-866-986-CBWC (2292) ext. 200

cbwc-pickering@gmail.com

The Congress of Black Women of Canada is a non-profit national organization. The Ajax/Pickering Chapter is involved in developing activities that will promote the well-being, health and educational opportunities for black women and their families.

Youth Scholarships

Adult Scholarships

See website for more information.

P.O. Box 31034, Westney Heights RPO,  

15 Westney Rd. North, Ajax, ON  L1T 3V2

http://www.cbwc-ajaxpickering.org

Congress of Black Women of Canada, Oshawa/Whitby Chapter

N/A

cordeliab@rogers.com

Same as above

http://www.cbwoshawawhitby.org/

(not able to locate the website as it is inactive)

Durham Black Educator’s Network

N/A

https://dben.org/contact-us/

Student Leadership opportunities

Awards and scholarships

Summer Camps

See website for more information.

https://dben.org

Canadian Jamaican Club of Oshawa

N/A

http://www.canadianjamaicanclubofoshawa.org/contact.html

Informal education activities

Conferences, seminars and workshops reflecting educational, cultural, and social needs of the community

Information, counselling and referral services on request

Reach and Teach program to improve children’s writing, reading and math skills

Plan Ahead Get Ahead

Cut the Talk

Precise AV Solutions

See website for more information.

Thorton Dundee Park-Hall

210 Thorton Rd N

Oshawa ON 

http://www.canadianjamaicanclubofoshawa.org/index.html

Club Carib Oshawa Inc.

905-721-1672 

clubcariboshawainc@gmail.com

Cultural programs:

Hummingbird Dancers

Oshawa Sounds of Steel

Cooking Classes

Weekly senior card games

See website for more information.

Caribbean Cultural Centre
600 Wentworth St. E Oshawa, ON
L1H 3V9

https://clubcaribofoshawainc.weebly.com

The following are mainstream agencies that offer specific programs for Black children, youth and families (n=3):

  • AIDS committee of Durham
  • Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)
  • John Howard Society of Durham Region

Agency

Telephone

Email

Services Provided

Location/Website

AIDS committee of Durham

Tel: 905-576-1445
Toll free: 1-877-361-8750

N/A

Black African and Caribbean Community Outreach:

See website for more information. (Website under construction at the time of this report)

https://www.aidsdurham.com

Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)

Tel: 905-427-7849 / Toll Free: 1-877- 454-4035

info@wmrccdurham.org

Black Youth Empowering Project and Mentorship Program:

Supporting Black youth ages 12-25 and their families that focuses on two outcome streams: civic engagement and building a strong cultural identity.

See website for more information.

http://www.wmrccdurham.org

John Howard Society of Durham Region

905-579-8482

jhsd@jhsd.ca

Together We Are:

A 6-week parenting program for parents with Black children 6-11 years old.

Children will be able to attend with their parents or caregivers for supervised programming and will have fun participating in culturally based activities.

For information or to register call 343-997-6826.

See website for more information.

jhsd@jhsd.ca

Human Services Agencies and Organizations in Scarborough

These are the human services agencies and organizations that provide Black communities’ focused and specific services in Scarborough. The locations of the agencies and organizations can be in other parts of Toronto, but they were taken into consideration because they are serving the Black children, youth and families that live in the Toronto and/or GTA.

(n = 18)

Agency

Telephone

Email

Services Provided

Location/Website

African Canadian Heritage Association (ACHA)

N/A

achaonline@gmail.com

Saturday program:  September to June, for children and youth ages 5-16 years of age, African and Caribbean history lessons, arts and crafts, special events.

Parent workshops.

Serves Children and Youth aged 5-16 years and their parents.

See website for more information.

EAST-SCARBOROUGH

Classes take place at Centennial College, Progress Campus

941 Progress Ave.

(Hwy. 401 & Markham Rd.)

http://www.achaonline.org

African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC)

416-214-4747

Email through the website

The Youth-In-Transition Worker Program:  Support to youth in their successful transition out of the Child Welfare system into adulthood.

Youth Justice Programs:  Community Justice Workers, Group Programming, Parent Support Program, Re-integration Social Workers.

Legal Services

Publications Online: Including the ACLC African Canadian Parenting Tool Kit

Adult Justice Program: African-centered, cognitive-behavioural programming options designed to meet the needs of African Canadian adults in conflict with the law.  Programs:  Shoplifting Prevention, Criminal Justice/Victim Impact Education Program, Managing Your Emotions.

Employment Skills Job Readiness Program: Reintegration, training, apprenticeship, building links and supports.

Serves African Canadians in Toronto and the GTA.

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

250 Dundas Street West

(Dundas St. & University Ave.)

ACLC staff will travel to provide some services.

Some programs and services located at court, community centres, etc.

http://www.aclc.net

Africans in Partnership Against AIDS

416-924-5256 416-644-1650

info@apaa.ca

APAA provides unique HIV/AIDS education and support in linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to African peoples.

Support Services:

Confidential services for people living with or affected by AIDS/HIV to assist clients in staying up to date with information about living with AIDS/HIV, treatment and self-care.

Heterosexual Men’s Group:

A peer driven support group that aims to bring heterosexual men together to a safe space to freely talk about issues, build networks and have fun.

Positive Youth Support:

Provides support for youth empowering them to thrive using expressive art therapy.

Education

Community Outreach

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

526 Richmond St. East.
2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 1R3

http://www.apaa.ca

Black Coalition for Aids Prevention (Black CAP)

416-977-9955

info@black-cap.com

The Youth-In-Transition Worker Program:  Support to youth in their successful transition out of the Child Welfare system into adulthood.

Youth Justice Programs:  Community Justice Workers, Group Programming, Parent Support Program, Re-integration Social Workers.

Legal Services

Publications Online: Including the ACLC African Canadian Parenting Tool Kit

Adult Justice Program: African-centered, cognitive-behavioural programming options designed to meet the needs of African Canadian adults in conflict with the law.  

Programs:  Shoplifting Prevention, Criminal Justice/Victim Impact Education Program, Managing Your Emotions.

Employment Skills Job Readiness Program: Reintegration, training, apprenticeship, building links and supports.

Serves the Black, African and Caribbean communities in the GTA living with or affected by HIV/Aids.

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

20 Victoria St.

(Yonge St. & King St. E.)

http://www.black-cap.com

Black Queer Youth Initiative

(Through Sherbourne Health Centre – Supporting Our Youth Program)

416-324-5077

soy@sherbourne.on.ca

Black Queer Youth: A safe and social space to chill, learn, watch movies, learn about community resources, create zines, socialize and have a home cooked meal.  Connected to other youth programs including housing and employment programs.

Serves Black, Multiracial, African/Caribbean youth 29 and under who identify across the queer and trans spectrum or who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality. 

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

333 Sherbourne St.

(Sherbourne St. & Gerrard St.)

Also provides telephone support.

http://soytoronto.org/programs/black-queer-youth

Black Youth Helpline

416-285-9944

blackyouth@bellnet.ca

24 hour Helpline: For children, youth and parents 

Parental Support Programs

Stay-in-School Programs

Serves any child, youth or parent who chooses to call the Helpline. 

See website for more information.

NO PHYSICAL LOCATION

http://www.blackyouth.ca/

Black Lives Matter – Freedom School

(A platform under the Children’s Peace Theatre)

N/A

info@blacklivesmatter.ca

and through the Freedom School website

Freedom School:  A three week summer program, for children aged 4-10 years in the GTA.   The program is designed to teach children about Black Canadian and diasporic history, to engage children in political resistance to anti-Black racism and state violence through a trans-feminist lens, and to offer children an entry point into the BlackLivesMatter movement.

See website for more information.

EAST YORK

305 Dawes Rd.

(Victoria Park Ave. & Danforth Ave.)

http://freedomschool.ca

CAfCan

(Caribbean African Canadian Social Services)

(formerly JCA Social Services)

416 740 1056

info@cafcan.org

Employment Services

Leaders in Partnership:  Social activity program for children in collaboration with schools and Police.

Newcomer Settlement

Youth OutreachEngaging and connecting youth between the ages of 12-21 with needed services.

Violence Against Women:  Provides support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Parenting Program: Provides individual support, family mediation, mobile crisis counseling and crisis intervention to individuals and families

K-Club:  Self-determination club for young men and women ages 16-26)

Serves anyone in the GTA who chooses to access their services. 

See website for more information.

NORTH YORK

995 Arrow Road

(Finch Ave. W. & Weston Road)

Staff travel to provide some services.

http://cafcan.org/

CAMH – Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

416-535-8501, press 2

N/A

Support and Counselling:  For black youth and families dealing with substance abuse.

Programs: Individual or group therapy, Early intervention and Prevention

Serves Black youth, aged 13-24, and their families. See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

80 Workman Way

(Queen St. W. & Ossington Ave.)

Also provides outreach work in the community.

http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/care_program_and_services/child_youth_and_family_program/Pages/guide_sapaccy.aspx

ENGage – UofT

416-946-0816

outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

ENGage:  A one week summer program designed for black students in grades 3 to 8.  ENGage highlights black role models, encourages STEM literacy and promotes academic and social growth.

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

35 St. George Street

(University of Toronto)

http://outreach.engineering.utoronto.ca/pre-university-programs/engage/

Harriet Tubman Community Organization (HTCO)

416-496-2042

info@tubmancommunity.org

Summer camp for children 5-16 yrs

Leadership camps for youth 14-16 yrs

Young women’s program for ages 13-19

Reintegration Heritage Counselling Program for 14-18 years old

HTCO Newcomers Program for all ages

Youth Honoring Community Achievements for 15-29 years old

Women Healing Women Program for 20+ years old

See website for more information.

NORTH YORK

1761 Sheppard Ave E.

(Sheppard Ave. E. & Don Mills Rd.)

http://www.tubmancommunity.org/

Lifelong Leadership Institute

416-222-2222

lead@llileaders.com

Leadership By Design Program: Education, mentorship and career development.

Available to those who will be Grade 10 in September 2018 and attending school in GTA.

See website for more information.

NORTH YORK

303 Eglinton Ave. E.

(Mt. Pleasant Rd. & Eglinton Ave. E.)

http://llileaders.com

RITES for African-Canadian Youth

(Through Central Toronto Youth Services)

Maxine, 416-924-2100, ext. 246,

Jennifer, 416-924-2100

maxine.brown@ctys.org

jennifer.grant@ctys.org

RITES Program:  A weekly intervention program aiming to promote positive social development, strengthen racial identity and build on existing resiliency factors through weekly group sessions and individual counselling.

For youth of African descent ages 14 – 18

See website for more information.

TORONTO DOWNTOWN

65 Wellesley Street E.

(Wellesley & Church Sts.)

http://www.ctys.org/category/groups/#rites

Taibu Community Health Centre

416-644-3536

Through their website

Primary Healthcare

Counselling Services: trauma, depression, mental health, anxiety, etc.

Community Development:  Youth Outreach, Girls Group, Academic Support

Serves any person who identifies as African Descent in Toronto & GTA.

See website for more information.

EAST – SCARBOROUGH

27 Tapscott Rd.

(Neilson Rd. & Sheppard Ave. E.) 

http://www.taibuchc.ca/

Tropicana Community Services

416-439-9009

info@tropicanacommunity.org

Life Skills Development:  ManUp, Sister 2 Sister, START for Life, etc.

Counselling: Individual & Family Counselling, Violence against Women, Support Network

Employment: Pre-apprenticeship Program, Youth Job Connection, Summer Program, etc.

Education: Tutoring, Chess, Steelpan, Digital Media, etc.

Daycare:  Infant/Toddler Centre, Full Day Kindergarten/Pre-School/School-Age Centre

Social/Recreational 

Serves youth and other individuals of Black and Caribbean heritage in Toronto & GTA.

See website for more information.

EAST – SCARBOROUGH

1. Main Office:  Scarborough – 1385 Huntingwood Drive

(McCowan Rd. & Sheppard Ave. E.)

2. Employment Services – 505 Consumers Road

(Victoria Park Ave. &  Sheppard Ave. E.)

3. Daycare Centres – 400 & 431 McCowan Road

(McCowan Rd. & Eglington) 

http://tropicanacommunity.org/

The Power to be International

(647) 317-5860

info@thepowertobe.org

PTBI’s programs are focused on providing innovative ways to engage youth. Using the Theory of Change model and working with the communities we serve, our programs are designed to promote small changes and individual impact. 

 

PTBI provides learning opportunities for local post-secondary students to further develop their skills in an international capacity. International programs are located in the developing Caribbean:

Engaging Girls (EGELDA)

Service Learning

Literacy and Leadership Programs

Infrastructure Development Programs 

See website for more information.

TORONTO

209-55 Broadway Ave 

Toronto, Ontario

M4P 1T8

https://www.thepowertobe.org

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

Community Health Centre

416-593-7655

info@whiwh.com

Primary Health Care

Mental Health Services

Clinical Services

Ongoing Programs for Registered Clients:  Including diabetes education, health education, pre & post natal care, HIV-AIDS education, food access, Summer Sisterhood group.

Serves racialized women aged 16 and up living in Toronto and surrounding municipalities.

See website for more information.

DOWNTOWN TORONTO

2 Carlton Street

(Yonge St. & Carlton/College)

http://whiwh.com

Wood Green Community Services- Rites of Passage Program

Contact Name: Paul Osbourne
Rites of Passage Facilitator

T | (416) 645-6000 x. 2320

posbourne@woodgreen.org

Rites of Passage Program:  A program for young people ages 13-17 of African Descent to prepare for responsible adulthood, developing a sense of purpose, building a community perspective, fostering resiliency, volunteering, leadership, employment.

The Rites of Passage program is designed for youth ages 13-17 of African Descent in Toronto & GTA.

See website for more information.

EAST YORK

1533 Victoria Park Ave.

(Victoria Park Ave. & Eglinton Ave. E.)

http://www.woodgreen.org/Home.aspx


References

Government of Ontario.  (2017).  A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism

Strategic Plan. Ontario, Canada: Queen’s Printer for Ontario.

Regional Municipality of Durham. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_Municipality_of_Durham

 Statistics Canada. (2017). Durham, RM [Census division], Ontario and Ontario

[Province] (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-X2016001. Ottawa. Released November 29, 2017.

March 26, 2018


[1] Black includes African-descent individuals from Canada, America, Caribbean, and from the continent of Africa It also includes and is not limited to immigrants from countries across the globe that identify with African-descent heritage.

Equity in Canada

Canada is a proud country in the global arena and but it also has many issues. One most pressing and one that gets overlooked or not acknowledged is one that it also takes much pride in – its diversity!  In an article written by Scott Gilmore and published by Maclean’s Magazine, he points out the discrepancies between how Canada is represented in the international world and its reality. Canada is ranked the second among all nations in the Social Progress Index for tolerance and inclusion, however in reality Canada’s statistics on how its treats its indigenous people in comparison to other already marginalized populations, paints a completely different picture (Gilmore, 2015). One example of this is how the current government chose to deal with the results from the Truth and  Reconciliation commission’s report, by not keeping up with the promises made to the First Nations Population and not fully releasing the promised funds (Forrest, 2017). When addressing race problems there is a lot of displaced blame, but one proposal to move past and to address the discrimination is to admit and acknowledge that Canada has a “race problem” (Gilmore, 2015).

The Indigenous population is only example, discrimination was identified as so profoundly  damaging that Ontario outlined targeting racism as one of its strategic plans last year. This 3 year plan included Policy, Research and Evaluation, Sustainability and Accountability, Public Education and Awareness, Community Collaboration and Population Specific Anti-Racism Initiatives. In specific the systemic racism plan attempts to address racism towards, Black and Indigenous community, Islamophobia and other racialized communities.  As part of the  Population Specific Anti-Racism Initiatives, the government has also proposed an Ontario Public Service Anti-Racism strategy which targets employees. This is to increase awareness and sensitivity to systemic racism and to develop targeted strategies to address racism (Government of Ontario, 2017).

Discrimination is not just race issue, it could also be partiality based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, economic status and anything that can set one apart and contributes to a power imbalance says Paul Kivel, author , ‘ the culture of power’. He further discusses how one could be mindful of their power and the culture of powers. People of power or privilege rarely notice their power, until or unless one is part of the marginalized population. Every organization and institution has it own culture and subculture of power, however if there is a will, there is a way to combat exclusion. The will is to be open to listening to those who are marginalized, acknowledging our power and statuses within our inner circles and others that we do not belong to, resources available to us and our privileges. This will allow conversations around allocating resources and breaking down barriers for those who are affected by the power imbalances (Kivel, 2002).

As such, trainings like equity leadership begins with acknowledging there is a problem, a power imbalance and the willingness to address it – a unique top down approach. Education and training around what contributes to the discrepancies can also allow one to reflect and be mindful of how one contributes and maintains the culture of power and inequity.  This Equity leadership training meets Ministry standards and is based on coaching and supporting Senior management in creating change to bring about organizational change that speaks to equity by developing new policies, programs, action plans, staff development programs for a diverse population (Lopes, 2008). Organizations that would benefit from this training include but are not limited to community agencies, professional associations , social service agencies, governing and licensing agencies, child and youth welfare agencies, and so forth. Simply put, any agency or organization that  works  with vulnerable and minority populations would benefit from this training, to create a more inclusive and healthy environment for all.

Prepared by: Sharmila JAIHINDRAJ, University of Windsor MSW practicum student (January – April 2018).

Photo by Janko Ferlic on Pexels.com

Equity Articles and Further Readings:

  1. Desmond Cole speaks of his experience of police carding in Vancouver: Toronto Activist Carded while in Vancouver to give keynote address on  racial equity

Asset Mapping of Muslim Resources in Pickering region

The following document was prepared by Sharmila Jaihindraj, MSW Intern at the University of Windsor

In Canada, the first presence of the Muslim population (13 members) was recorded in 1871, and the population has since grown exponentially, it is also the fastest growing population in the country. (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011). The majority of the Muslim population comes from South and Central Asia, the Middle East and East Africa (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2016). Muslim follow the teachings in the Book of Allah, the Qur’an. They are guided by a legal-ethical system that is guided by the Halal (permissible) and Haram (prohibited) rules. In Canada, change in immigration laws, the Second World War, the need for skilled workers and unrest in many countries, from 1871 to today, has brought in Muslims from Lebanon, Albania, Syria, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Indonesia, Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Iran, Afghanistan and the Balkans has brought in hundreds of thousands of Muslims. The early settlers concentrated in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, however statistics now show Muslim populations have thrived in all parts of Canada, with an overwhelming majority of new immigrants settling in the GTA (Bakht, 2016).

view of mosque in city against clear sky

According to Muslim Canadian researchers, there are two different Islamic denominations. The large majority of Canadians belongs to Sunni Islam, while the remainder follows shi’i Islam. This division stems from the religious-political divisions in Islamic history and has slightly different spiritual practices and beliefs. There are also other denominations within this division, such as Twelvers, Ismallis (followers of Aga Khan), Sufis (followers of the mystic traditions of Sunnism and Shism) and subsects such as Druze, Alawis, and the Qudyanis (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011). These sects have cultural differences however follow the same teachings of Islam. Many Islamic organizations also formed since the 1950, the oldest of the being the Islamic association of Canada, Muslim Students Association, Council of Muslim Communities in Canada, and the Islamic Society of North America. Many social service agencies also began servicing Muslim communities specifically after identifying Muslim immigrants as being subjected to highest number of hate crimes (Statistics Canada, 2006), mostly based on their perceived restricted clothing, dietary needs, prayer needs and so forth. Over the course of the years Muslims have negotiated and worked with the Canadian government to recognize their needs and make accommodations accordingly (Bakht, 2016).

This Asset mapping identified many agencies operating within Scarborough, Pickering and Markham, with an overwhelming incomparable number of services in Scarborough. The largest number of Muslim specific service provided in these areas are places of worship (referred to as Mosque and usually has one head, known as the Immam). Some mosques, also provide Islamic education and since recently has been approved for private Islamic schools which follow the Ontario curriculum with certain exceptions that are religion specific. Social service agencies provide services such as Halal Food Banks, Prayer assistance, Quran classes, Youth groups, Marriage (Nikkah) and Burial Services.

It is also interesting that no agency maintained statistics on the different Muslim Ethnic population it served and nearly no agency acknowledged the cultural differences between their populations. Almost all agencies stated, they serve the Muslim population and certain administrators and Immams attempted to provide a ballpark figure – since these numbers were subjective, it is not included in this report. There was also only a couple of community and social agencies that identified with a specific community or country of origin, and geared their services towards a certain ethnic population. There was one agency that provided shelter for victims of violence (Women and children) and even though this shelter is located outside of the scope of this paper it was still included. There was no agency that serviced men and or women with addiction issues, child welfare specific, employment specific, settlement and so forth.


This Writer visited two mosques in random to visit, one in Scarborough and one in Markham. The mosque in Scarborough is called Central Mosque Scarborough, and is located between Lawrence and Markham. The place of worship was decorated with mats on the floor and one individual, who identified himself as Asif Akbar stated he was the Immam and the person in charge. When asked about specifics populations he provided an estimation from memory was about 6000 individuals, weekly – 50% from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, 30% Arabs and Europeans and 2-3% Africans (Note: this population does not add to a 100%, but was the estimation shared). He stated there was no referral process and anyone who needs help should drop in, due to nature of the changing staff and population. The Immam, made it clear that what brings them together is their faith, anything that separates them (such as race and backgrounds) is “insignificant”.

The other mosque this Writer visited was the Islamic Society of Markham in Markham (Denison and Middlefield). This building looked more like the traditional mosques with the crescent and star. The receptionist was a gentleman named Kaim Ingar, he stated their Immam only comes in on Fridays and there is not consistent person presently . He walked me to the section where women are allowed to in a mosque and he stated men and women are segregated in the mosque to avoid distraction. There were no specific programs, he stated they were working on starting a youth group and other programs that would benefit the Muslim community. Overall it seemed that all centers that served Muslim population had a standard practices. For instance, none of the Muslim centers (Mosques, schools, community centers) had records that were ethnicity, sex or age specific. The referral process was to drop in, or call the main number (with the exception of schools, which required calling the reception and scheduling an appointment). Fridays seemed to be the busiest day and the programs and building seemed to be highly dependent on the funding received and seemed to be well connected between the community.


Muslim Agencies in Scarborough

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Scarborough Muslim Association – Jame Abu Akbar Siddique Masjid A non-profit organization since, 1981 that serves over 6000 individuals a week. Country of origin ranging from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Arab countries, African countries and European countries.
Five times daily Prayers

Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions

Tafseer of Quran every Saturday after Zuhr

Guidance, counselling, interpretation of Quran and Ahadith

Marriage/Nikah ceremonies

Funeral & Burial Services

Quran Classes for Adults

Youth Programs

Fully Accessible – Wheel Chair Ramp and an Elevator

Islamic Education: Full time School, Evening Madrasah, Sunday School, Alim/Alimah Course – Higher Islamic Studies, Full Time Hifz Class, Summer School Immam Kasim Ingar.
Tel: (416) 750-2253
Ext: 12665

Office contact:-

Tel: (416) 750-2253

Fax: (416) 750-1616

Email: info@smacanada.ca

Web: http://www.smacanada.ca

Lawrence Ave. East
Scarborough, ON
M1P 2S2
CANADA


Masjid Al Jannah – Srilanka Islamic Foundation of Ontario Individual and Group Counselling

Food and Clothes Drive Programs

Start up – Senior Program

Diabetes Workshop – English, Gujarati and Tamil

Janaza – Funeral Services

Financial Aid Tel: 647 342 7544

Email: info@slifo.ca

Web: http://www.slifo.ca

2201 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough
Ontario, M1G3M6 Canada


Islamic Institute of Toronto Established in 1996, the Islamic Institute of Toronto is a premier Islamic Educational Institution, located in Toronto Post-secondary courses in Arabic Language, Islamic Jurisprudence, Ethics and Spirituality, Islamic History and Civilization, Comparative Religion and Civic Engagement amongst others. Admin: Nazreen Shaffee

Tel:416 335 9173

Email: Secretary@iitacademy.ca

Web: http://www.Islam.ca

1630 Neilson Rd, Scarborough, ON M1X 1S3


Islamic Social Services – and Resources Associations MCS is a group of diverse professionals dedicated to enhancing newcomer community engagement. Our agency was established in 1987 as a nonprofit organization to serve and work with newcomers to facilitate their settlement and integration into Canada. We offer a wide range of services and learning opportunities to connect newcomers to a better future in the ever changing Canadian society.
Community Information and Referrals –
support to new immigrants and refugees – settlement work

Community education/advocacy –
Community information sessions, and Cultural Sensitivity Training

Heritage classes are held once a week to provide cultural sensitivity to Muslims about the Canadian society and to non-Muslims about Islamic heritage and practices.
ESL Classes
We have on going classes for our clients who have difficulty in understanding and speaking English.
Volunteer program
The volunteer program is designed to provide placement for members of our community to assist and support other members of our community who would benefit from a volunteer’s assistance. We offer:
New Mother’s or Pregnant Mother’s Visitor
Sick child’s Visitor
Homework Tutoring program
Senior’s Visitor
Nutrition Group
We have an ongoing nutrition group in which Public Health teaches the clients about healthy eating and meal planning
Youth Program
The Youth Program focus on providing an opportunity for youths to participate in activities and discussions that are relevant to them
Homework Club
The Homework-club offers Tutorial assistance for students in both Toronto District School Board and ESL learners
Program for Women and Children:
A support network for women and children that are changing their lives to live free from violence in their homes, families, and local communities Manager: Joanna Athely
(416) 767-9358

Office
(416) 767-1531
Fax
(416) 767-0328
Email
issra@issra.ca
Address:
2375 St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto
Ontario,
M6N 1K9


Salaheddin Islamic School Operating since September 1998, is a private Islamic Elementary and Secondary school operating in the city of Scarborough, Ontario Canada. Elementary Program – courses taught in regular Ontario public schools, except music, dance and drama. In their place, we offer Islamic classes.
Secondary Program –
In our secondary school, we primarily offer Academic, Mixed and University prep courses, all leading to university and college. During the 2012-2013 academic school year, we saw our second graduating grade 12 class into post secondary studies.
Abdul
(416) 264-9495
abdulabdul100@yahoo.ca

Web: http://www.salaheddin.org/

741 Kennedy Rd. ON M1K 2C6 CANADA


Islamic Society of Willowdale Our Brothers and Sisters have the choice to gain knowledge of our Darz Nizaamie course, a Classical Arabic and Islamic Shariah program that offered worldwide without having to leave their full time responsibilities. Prayers
New Muslim Support

Islamic Educational Institutes

Muslim Marriage
Matrimonial Services
Qadi / Marriage Officers for Nikah

Muslim Media / Publications
Community Newspapers
Local Muslim Radio Shows
Local Muslim TV Shows
Muslim Media Groups
Muslim Women

Muslim Youth

Relief work

Accessibility Organization

Family Counselling

Food Banks

Funeral Services

Muslim Senior Groups

New Immigrants

Sports & Entertainment
Tel:
416-495-9021

Web: http://www.torontomuslims.com/listing/islamic-society-of-willowdale/

3551 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S6


Agincourt Muslim Association Mosque and community center Prayers

Quran (Holy Book) reading for children, youth and adults:
1) Basic Quran Qaida
2) Nazira Quran (Learn to read Quran)
3) Tajweed (Learn Quran with rules of tajweed)
4) Tahfez-ul-Quran
5) Arabic Duas from Quran and Sunnat
Phone: (416) 901-9659

3599 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K8

Al-Huda Muslim Society Is an Islamic non-profit organization. Its goal is to promote the teachings of Ahlul Bayt as well as to create a safe and Islamic atmosphere for its members. Mosque – Prayer

School

Youth centre

social hub
Funeral service

Cultural Center

Educational centre
Phone: 416 446 0935

Address: 975 Kennedy Rd. Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 2K5


Central Mosque Scarborough Central Mosque Scarborough has renovated its hall for the growing community of Scarborough
Five times daily Prayers

Two Friday Prayers

Qurbani available

Providing
Ramadan Huffazh to other Masajid (mosques)

Taraveeh Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha Prayers

Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions.

Tafseer of Quran every Saturday’s after Maghrib

Guidance, counseling

Interpretation of Quran and Ahadith

Marriage ceremonies

Community Hall

Youth Programs

Youth Counselling

Accessible to disabled – Wheel Chair Ramp

Islamic Education: Evening Madrasah, Alim/Alimah Course

Higher Islamic Studies

Full Time Hifz Class

Summer School
Immam: Asif Akbar
Phone: 416 439 3737

Address:
PO BOX 90595 Cedar Heights Plaza
Scarborough, ON
M1H 3G7
Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society Mosque – prayers
Summer School Registration Form
Evening School (Madressah) Registration Form
Volunteer Opportunities

Phone: 416 686-3037

Address: 3340 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 1C6


Jamiah Qasimul Uloom
Jamiah Qasimul Uloom is an institute established in 2015 to provide the Muslim community with traditional Islamic education Mufti Ahmed Bemat (1932-2004) and Molana Asad Bemat (d.1993) saw a vision of starting an Islamic Seminary in Toronto which benefits the community. Prayer Phone: 416 431-2589
Address: 3482 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 3E5
Gawsul Azam Masjid Muniria Juba Tabligue Commitee Canada’ is a non profit, non-political, tarikat-based, spiritual organisation within the framework of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Newcomers assistance

Volunteers

250 Warden Ave,Toronto, On, M1N-3A1, Canada
1-416-828-5787
Muslim Welfare Centre
The center is guided by the belief that service to humanity is service to Allah. We are committed to serving those in need, irrespective of religion, nationality, caste or creed
Halal Food Bank

Regent Park Lunch Service

Child Sponsorship program – in war torn Muslim countries

Free Medical Clinic for refuges and uninsured individuals

Halal Meals on Wheels – both for seniors and homeless individuals

Public School Nutrition Program

Muslim Welfare home – A safe haven for women and children fleeing violence

Project Ramadan – Help families in need during the months of Ramadan
Toll Free Tel: 1-866-754-3111

Tel: 416 754 8116

Fax: 416 754 4468

Email: muslim@muslimwelfarecentre.com

100 McLevin Avenue, Suites 4 & 4A
Scarborough, ON M1B 5K1


Sakinan Community Center The Sakinah Community Center is a new multi-purpose community space which provides both members and casual users an opportunity to participate in a variety of religious, educational and leisure activities (416) 615-1550

1430 Birchmount Rd (Birchmount and Lawrence) Scarborough, ON M1P 2E8

info@sakinahcenter.com

http://www.SakinaCenter.com


Muslim Agencies in Markham

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Islamic Society of Markham ISM’s mission is to provide a uniform platform of expression for Islam, to develop educational, dawah and social services that translate the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah into everyday living, and to enhance Islamic identity in the society. Islamic Education School

Prayers

905 294 7866

2900 Denison Street, Markham. Ontario. L3S 4J8


Islamic Centre of Markham / Masjid Darul Iman

Masjid Darul Iman was founded to serve the the town of Markham’s rapidly expanding Muslim population, with the intention of offering vital Islamic services to the community and to please Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’ala.
Islamic School and Educational Program
Evening Hifz School Program for Boys
Weekly Quran Tafseer & Hadith Halaqa

Phone: (905) 209-8200

Address: 1330 Castlemore Ave, Markham, ON L6E 1A4


Muslim Agencies in Pickering

The Council of Islamic Guidance The Council of Islamic Guidance is a charitable non-profit organization and its mission is to safeguard, promote and foster the understanding and observance of religion among its Members, their families and others.
Al Mahdi Madrassah – Islamic School
Muslim Burial Plan (MBP) as a cooperative organization to help the grieving families at their time of distress.

Al Mahdi Sports & Recreation – Sports activities were arranged for kids during summer vacation.

Phone:
416.283.5492

Email:ec@cig.ca

510 Concession 3 Road,
Pickering, ON. L1X 2R4


Pickering Islamic Centre
A new initiative to service the blooming Pickering Muslim population Senior Social Circle

Youth Islamic Classes

Summer programs

Womens – Sisters Committee Immam: Asif
Phone: 905 426-7887

Address:
2065 Brock Rd, North (9.58 mi)
Pickering, Ontario L1V 2P8
Ethnicity Specific Agencies

North American Muslim Foundation Pakistani Matrimonial Services – Muslim Mates is NAMF’s own matrimonial service that aims to help Muslim singles find an appropriate spouse within a comfortable and halal environment.

Orphan Walk – Annual event that brings people of all ages, nationalities, and faiths together around a common goal: supporting orphaned children around the world

Halal Food Bank – Open Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM,

Speech competition –
NAMF’s annual Speech Competition

Family Fair -The NAMF Family Fair started in 2008 and is an annual event focused on bringing families together on the statutory holiday of Family Day in Ontario.

Zakat Distribution – Throughout the year, the North American Muslim Foundation collects and distributes the special religious donation – Zakat.

Marriage Services

Family Counselling

Youth Counselling

Legal aide

Settlement programs

Arabic language classes

Health and welfare program

NAMF Islamic Academy

Summer Islamic camp
North American Muslim Foundation

Phone: 416 299 1969

Fax: 416 299 4890

Email: info@namf.ca

Web: https://www.namf.ca/

 

kanada turk – Islam Vakfi Turkish –
Canadian Turkish-Islamic Cultural Association was established in April 1983 Funeral Services

Religious and Official Marriage Services

Prayer
Tel: (416) 469-2610E-mail: info@papecami.comAddress: 336 Pape Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 2W7
Gashanti Unity Somalian –
Gashanti Unity is a group of young Somali women in Toronto. Our mission is to provide girls and young women a safe atmosphere to develop their gifts, abilities, and positive relationships. 365 Bay Mills Blvd. Toronto, Ontario. M1T 2G5

info@gashantiunity.ca
Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto Albania
Mosque and Social service agency Forgiveness of Five Hours of Prayer.
Prayer of Jumu’ah Prayer.
Islamic teaching every Sunday for children.
Lecture for women (First Saturday of every month).
Religious consulates.
Terror Forgiveness, iftar in the mosque, Quran reading, religious lectures.
Forgiveness of two Eid and Bajram’s Dinner.
Islamic Marriage.
Mortal services.
Mevlude on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and the New Year of AI.
– Address:
564 Annette Street,
Toronto, ON, M6S 2C2
– Phone:
(416) 763-0612
– E-mail:
xhamia@albmuslim.ca
Canadian Arab Federation Employment

Immigration

Refugees assistance
Womens and senior rights

Website says services are offered however there is not much information. Not reachable by phone. Phone: 416 493 8635

Fax: 416 493 9239

Web: http://www.caf.ca
Address: 1057 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto.
Reference

Canadian Encyclopedia (June, 2016) Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/islam/

Natasha Bakht, ed, Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada (2008)

 

Muslim Agencies in Scarborough

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Scarborough Muslim Association – Jame Abu Akbar Siddique Masjid A non-profit organization since,  1981 that serves over 6000 individuals a week. Country of origin ranging from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Arab countries, African countries and European countries.

 

Five times daily Prayers

 

Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions

 

Tafseer of Quran every Saturday after Zuhr

 

Guidance, counselling, interpretation of Quran and Ahadith

 

Marriage/Nikah ceremonies

 

Funeral & Burial Services

 

Quran Classes for Adults

 

Youth Programs

 

Fully Accessible – Wheel Chair Ramp and an Elevator

 

Islamic Education: Full time School, Evening Madrasah, Sunday School, Alim/Alimah Course – Higher Islamic Studies, Full Time Hifz Class, Summer School

Immam Kasim Ingar.

Tel: (416) 750-2253

Ext: 12665

 

Office contact:-

 

Tel: (416) 750-2253

 

Fax: (416) 750-1616

 

Email: info@smacanada.ca

 

Web: www.smacanada.ca

 

Lawrence Ave. East

Scarborough, ON

M1P 2S2

CANADA

 

Masjid Al Jannah – Srilanka Islamic Foundation of Ontario Individual and Group Counselling

 

Food and Clothes Drive Programs

 

Start up – Senior Program

 

Diabetes Workshop – English, Gujarati and Tamil

 

Janaza – Funeral Services

 

Financial Aid

Tel: 647 342 7544

 

Email: info@slifo.ca

 

Web: www.slifo.ca

 

 

2201 Ellesmere Road

Scarborough

Ontario, M1G3M6 Canada

 

Islamic Institute of Toronto Established in 1996, the Islamic Institute of Toronto is a premier Islamic Educational Institution, located in Toronto Post-secondary courses in Arabic Language, Islamic Jurisprudence, Ethics and Spirituality, Islamic History and Civilization, Comparative Religion and Civic Engagement amongst others. Admin: Nazreen Shaffee

 

Tel:416 335 9173

 

Email: Secretary@iitacademy.ca

 

Web: http://www.Islam.ca

 

1630 Neilson Rd, Scarborough, ON M1X 1S3

Islamic Social Services – and Resources Associations MCS is a group of diverse professionals dedicated to enhancing newcomer community engagement. Our agency was established in 1987 as a nonprofit organization to serve and work with newcomers to facilitate their settlement and integration into Canada. We offer a wide range of services and learning opportunities to connect newcomers to a better future in the ever changing Canadian society.

 

Community Information and Referrals –
support to new immigrants and refugees – settlement work 

Community education/advocacy –
Community information sessions, and Cultural Sensitivity Training

 

Heritage classes are held once a week to provide cultural sensitivity to Muslims about the Canadian society and to non-Muslims about Islamic heritage and practices.

ESL Classes
We have on going classes for our clients who have difficulty in understanding and speaking English.

Volunteer program
The volunteer program is designed to provide placement for members of our community to assist and support other members of our community who would benefit from a volunteer’s assistance. We offer:

New Mother’s or Pregnant Mother’s Visitor

Sick child’s Visitor

Homework Tutoring program

Senior’s Visitor

Nutrition Group
We have an ongoing nutrition group in which Public Health teaches the clients about healthy eating and meal planning

Youth Program
The Youth Program focus on providing an opportunity for youths to participate in activities and discussions that are relevant to them

Homework Club
The Homework-club offers Tutorial assistance for students in both Toronto District School Board and ESL learners

Program for Women and Children:
A support network for women and children that are changing their lives to live free from violence in their homes, families, and local communities

Manager: Joanna Athely

(416) 767-9358

 

Office
(416) 767-1531

Fax
(416) 767-0328

Email
issra@issra.ca

Address:
2375 St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto
Ontario,

M6N 1K9

Salaheddin Islamic School Operating since September 1998, is a private Islamic Elementary and Secondary school operating in the city of Scarborough, Ontario Canada. Elementary Program – courses taught in regular Ontario public schools, except music, dance and drama. In their place, we offer Islamic classes.

Secondary Program –

In our secondary school, we primarily offer Academic, Mixed and University prep courses, all leading to university and college. During the 2012-2013 academic school year, we saw our second graduating grade 12 class into post secondary studies.

 

Abdul

(416) 264-9495

abdulabdul100@yahoo.ca

 

Web: http://www.salaheddin.org/

 

 

741 Kennedy Rd. ON M1K 2C6

 

CANADA

 

 

Islamic Society of Willowdale Our Brothers and Sisters have the choice to gain knowledge of our Darz Nizaamie course, a Classical Arabic and Islamic Shariah program that offered worldwide without having to leave their full time responsibilities. Prayers

New Muslim Support

 

Islamic Educational Institutes

 

Muslim Marriage

Matrimonial Services

Qadi / Marriage Officers for Nikah

 

Muslim Media / Publications

Community Newspapers

Local Muslim Radio Shows

Local Muslim TV Shows

Muslim Media Groups

Muslim Women

 

Muslim Youth

 

Relief work

 

Accessibility Organization

 

Family Counselling

 

Food Banks

 

Funeral Services

 

Muslim Senior Groups

 

New Immigrants

 

Sports & Entertainment

 

Tel:

416-495-9021

 

Web: http://www.torontomuslims.com/listing/islamic-society-of-willowdale/

 

3551 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S6

 

 

Agincourt Muslim Association Mosque and community center Prayers

 

Quran (Holy Book) reading for children, youth and adults:

1) Basic Quran Qaida

2) Nazira Quran (Learn to read Quran)

3) Tajweed (Learn Quran with rules of tajweed)

4) Tahfez-ul-Quran

5) Arabic Duas from Quran and Sunnat

 

Phone(416) 901-9659

 

3599 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K8

 

Al-Huda Muslim Society Is an Islamic non-profit organization. Its goal is to promote the teachings of Ahlul Bayt as well as to create a safe and Islamic atmosphere for its members. Mosque – Prayer

 

School

 

Youth centre

 

social hub

Funeral service

 

Cultural Center

 

Educational centre

 

Phone: 416 446 0935

 

Address: 975 Kennedy Rd. Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 2K5

 

Central Mosque Scarborough Central Mosque Scarborough has renovated its hall for the growing community of Scarborough

 

Five times daily Prayers

 

Two Friday Prayers

 

Qurbani available

 

Providing

Ramadan Huffazh to other Masajid (mosques)
Taraveeh Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha Prayers
Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions.
Tafseer of Quran every Saturday’s after Maghrib
Guidance, counseling

 

Interpretation of Quran and Ahadith
Marriage ceremonies
Community Hall
Youth Programs

 

Youth Counselling
Accessible to disabled – Wheel Chair Ramp
Islamic Education: Evening Madrasah, Alim/Alimah Course

 

Higher Islamic Studies

 

Full Time Hifz Class

 

Summer School

 

Immam: Asif Akbar

Phone: 416 439 3737

 

Address:
​PO BOX 90595 Cedar Heights Plaza
Scarborough, ON
M1H 3G7

Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society Mosque – prayers

Summer School Registration Form

Evening School (Madressah) Registration Form

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Phone: 416 686-3037

Address: 3340 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 1C6

Jamiah Qasimul Uloom

 

Jamiah Qasimul Uloom is an institute established in 2015 to provide the Muslim community with traditional Islamic education Mufti Ahmed Bemat (1932-2004) and Molana Asad Bemat (d.1993) saw a vision of starting an Islamic Seminary in Toronto which benefits the community. Prayer Phone: 416  431-2589

Address: 3482 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 3E5

Gawsul Azam Masjid Muniria Juba Tabligue Commitee Canada’ is a non profit, non-political, tarikat-based, spiritual organisation within the framework of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Newcomers assistance

 

Volunteers

 

 

250 Warden Ave,Toronto, On, M1N-3A1, Canada

1-416-828-5787

Muslim Welfare Centre  

The center is guided by the belief that service to humanity is service to Allah. We are committed to serving those in need, irrespective of religion, nationality, caste or creed

 

Halal Food Bank

 

Regent Park Lunch Service

 

Child Sponsorship program – in war torn Muslim countries

 

Free Medical Clinic for refuges and uninsured individuals

 

Halal Meals on Wheels – both for seniors and homeless individuals

 

Public School Nutrition Program

 

Muslim Welfare home – A safe haven for women and children fleeing violence

 

Project Ramadan – Help families in need during the months of Ramadan

 

 

Toll Free Tel: 1-866-754-3111
Tel: 416 754 8116
Fax: 416 754 4468
Email: muslim@muslimwelfarecentre.com 

100 McLevin Avenue, Suites 4 & 4A
Scarborough, ON M1B 5K1

Sakinan Community Center The Sakinah Community Center is a new multi-purpose community space which provides both members and casual users an opportunity to participate in a variety of religious, educational and leisure activities (416) 615-1550

 

1430 Birchmount Rd (Birchmount and Lawrence) Scarborough, ON M1P 2E8

 

info@sakinahcenter.com

 

http://www.SakinaCenter.com

 

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Markham

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Islamic Society of Markham ISM’s mission is to provide a uniform platform of expression for Islam, to develop educational, dawah and social services that translate the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah into everyday living, and to enhance Islamic identity in the society. Islamic Education School

 

Prayers

 

 

905 294 7866

 

2900 Denison Street, Markham. Ontario. L3S 4J8

 

 

Islamic Centre of Markham / Masjid Darul Iman

 

 

Masjid Darul Iman was founded to serve the the town of Markham’s rapidly expanding Muslim population, with the intention of offering vital Islamic services to the community and to please Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’ala.

 

Islamic School and Educational Program

Evening Hifz School Program for Boys

Weekly Quran Tafseer & Hadith Halaqa

 

 

Phone: (905) 209-8200

 

Address: 1330 Castlemore Ave, Markham, ON L6E 1A4

 

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Pickering

 

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
The Council of Islamic Guidance The Council of Islamic Guidance is a charitable non-profit organization and its mission is to safeguard, promote and foster the understanding and observance of religion among its Members, their families and others.  

Al Mahdi Madrassah – Islamic School

Muslim Burial Plan (MBP) as a cooperative organization to help the grieving families at their time of distress.

 

Al Mahdi Sports & Recreation – Sports activities were arranged for kids during summer vacation.

 

 

Phone:

416.283.5492

 

Email:ec@cig.ca

 

510 Concession 3 Road,
Pickering, ON. L1X 2R4

 

 

 

Pickering Islamic Centre

A new initiative to service the blooming Pickering Muslim population Senior Social Circle

 

Youth Islamic Classes

 

Summer programs

 

Womens – Sisters Committee

Immam: Asif
Phone: 905 426-7887 

Address:

2065 Brock Rd, North (9.58 mi)
Pickering, Ontario L1V 2P8

 

 

 

Ethnicity Specific Agencies

Name of agency Community Serviced and agency description Services provided Other contact information
North American Muslim Foundation Pakistani Matrimonial Services – Muslim Mates is NAMF’s own matrimonial service that aims to help Muslim singles find an appropriate spouse within a comfortable and halal environment.

 

Orphan Walk – Annual event that brings people of all ages, nationalities, and faiths together around a common goal: supporting orphaned children around the world

 

Halal Food Bank – Open Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM,

 

Speech competition –
NAMF’s annual Speech Competition

 

Family Fair -The NAMF Family Fair started in 2008 and is an annual event focused on bringing families together on the statutory holiday of Family Day in Ontario.

 

Zakat Distribution – Throughout the year, the North American Muslim Foundation collects and distributes the special religious donation – Zakat.

 

Marriage Services

 

Family Counselling

 

Youth Counselling

 

Legal aide

 

Settlement programs

 

Arabic language classes

 

Health and welfare program

 

NAMF Islamic Academy

 

Summer Islamic camp

 

North American Muslim Foundation

 

Phone: 416 299 1969

 

Fax: 416 299 4890

 

Email: info@namf.ca

 

Web:  https://www.namf.ca/

 

 

kanada turk – Islam Vakfi Turkish –

Canadian Turkish-Islamic Cultural Association was established in April 1983

Funeral Services

 

Religious and Official Marriage Services

 

Prayer

 

Tel: (416) 469-2610E-mail: info@papecami.comAddress: 336 Pape Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 2W7
Gashanti Unity Somalian –

Gashanti Unity is a group of young Somali women in Toronto. Our mission is to provide girls and young women a safe atmosphere to develop their gifts, abilities, and positive relationships.

365 Bay Mills Blvd. Toronto, Ontario. M1T 2G5

 

info@gashantiunity.ca

Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto Albania

Mosque and Social service agency

Forgiveness of Five Hours of Prayer.

Prayer of Jumu’ah Prayer.

Islamic teaching every Sunday for children.

Lecture for women (First Saturday of every month).

Religious consulates.

Terror Forgiveness, iftar in the mosque, Quran reading, religious lectures.

Forgiveness of two Eid and Bajram’s Dinner.

Islamic Marriage.

Mortal services.

Mevlude on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and the New Year of AI.

 

– Address:
564 Annette Street,
Toronto, ON, M6S 2C2
– Phone:
(416) 763-0612
– E-mail:
xhamia@albmuslim.ca
Canadian Arab Federation Employment

 

Immigration

 

Refugees assistance

Womens and senior rights

 

Website says services are offered however there is not much information. Not reachable by phone.

Phone: 416 493 8635

 

Fax: 416 493 9239

 

Web: www.caf.ca

Address: 1057 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto.

 

 

 

 

Reference

 

Canadian Encyclopedia (June, 2016) Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/islam/

 

Natasha Bakht, ed, Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset Mapping for Muslim Population in

Scarborough, Pickering and Markham

 

ASET Group Consulting and Counselling Services

 

Prepared by Sharmila Jaihindraj

MSW Intern

March 2018

Content

 

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………1

 

Muslim agencies in Scarborough…………………………………………………………………7

 

Muslim agencies in Markham…………………………………………………………………..13

 

Muslim agencies in Pickering…………………………………………………………………..14

 

Ethnicity specific agencies……………………………………………………………….……..14

 

Reference……………………………………………………………………………………….18

Introduction

 

In Canada, the first presence of the Muslim population (13 members) was recorded in 1871, and the population has since grown exponentially, it is also the fastest growing population in the country. (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011). The majority of the Muslim population comes from South and Central Asia, the Middle East and East Africa (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2016). Muslim follow the teachings in the Book of Allah, the Qur’an. They are guided by a legal-ethical system that is guided by the Halal (permissible) and Haram (prohibited) rules. In Canada, change in immigration laws, the Second World War, the need for skilled workers and unrest in many countries, from 1871 to today, has brought in Muslims from Lebanon, Albania, Syria, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Indonesia, Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Iran, Afghanistan and the Balkans has brought in hundreds of thousands of Muslims. The early settlers concentrated in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, however statistics now show Muslim populations have thrived in all parts of Canada, with an overwhelming majority of new immigrants settling in the GTA (Bakht, 2016).

 

According to Muslim Canadian researchers, there are two different Islamic denominations. The large majority of Canadians belongs to Sunni Islam, while the remainder follows shi’i Islam. This division stems from the religious-political divisions in Islamic history and has slightly different spiritual practices and beliefs. There are also other denominations within this division, such as Twelvers, Ismallis (followers of Aga Khan), Sufis (followers of the mystic traditions of Sunnism and Shism) and subsects such as Druze, Alawis, and the Qudyanis (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011). These sects have cultural differences however follow the same teachings of Islam.

Many Islamic organizations also formed since the 1950, the oldest of the being the Islamic association of Canada, Muslim Students Association, Council of Muslim Communities in Canada, and the Islamic Society of North America. Many social service agencies also began servicing Muslim communities specifically after identifying Muslim immigrants as being subjected to highest number of hate crimes (Statistics Canada, 2006), mostly based on their perceived restricted clothing, dietary needs, prayer needs and so forth. Over the course of the years Muslims have negotiated and worked with the Canadian government to recognize their needs and make accommodations accordingly (Bakht, 2016).

 

This Assert mapping identified many agencies operating within Scarborough, Pickering and Markham, with an overwhelming incomparable number of services in Scarborough. The largest number of Muslim specific service provided in these areas are places of worship (referred to as Mosque and usually has one head, known as the Immam). Some mosques, also provide Islamic education and since recently has been approved for private Islamic schools which follow the Ontario curriculum with certain exceptions that are religion specific.  Social service agencies provide services such as Halal Food Banks, Prayer assistance, Quran classes, Youth groups, Marriage (Nikkah) and Burial Services.

 

It is also interesting that no agency maintained statistics on the different Muslim Ethnic population it served and nearly no agency acknowledged the cultural differences between their populations. Almost all agencies stated, they serve the Muslim population and certain administrators and Immams attempted to provide a ballpark figure – since these numbers were subjective, it is not included in this report. There was also only a couple of community and social agencies that identified with a specific community or country of origin, and geared their services towards a certain ethnic population. There was one agency that provided shelter for victims of violence (Women and children) and even though this shelter is located outside of the scope of this paper it was still included. There was no agency that serviced men and or women with addiction issues, child welfare specific, employment specific, settlement and so forth.

 

This Writer visited two mosques in random to visit, one in Scarborough and one in Markham. The mosque in Scarborough is called Central Mosque Scarborough, and is located between Lawrence and Markham. The place of worship was decorated with mats on the floor and one individual, who identified himself as Asif Akbar stated he was the Immam and the person incharge. He asked if this Writer was of the same faith, when this Writer replied no, he politely requested to remain on spot as other areas were restricted – this Writer respected. explained it was a holy place for people of faith, programs did not have handouts or pamphlets, and participants in youth Qu’ran reading programs were from within the community. When asked about specifics populations he provided an estimation from memory was about 6000 individuals, weekly  – 50% from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, 30% Arabs and Europeans and 2-3% Africans (Note: this population does not add to a 100%, but was the estimation shared). He stated there was no referral process and anyone who needs help should drop in, due to nature of the changing staff and population. Overall there was no formal record keeping of numbers attending, ethnic backgrounds, referral processes, formal reception setup and so forth. The Immam, made it clear that what brings them together is their faith, anything that separates them (such as race and backgrounds) is “insignificant”.

The other mosque this Writer visited was the Islamic Society of Markham in Markham (Denison and Middlefield). This building looked more like the traditional mosques with the crescent and star. The receptionist was a gentleman named Kaim Ingar, he stated their Immam only comes in on Fridays and there is not consistent person presently . He walked me to the section where women are allowed to in a mosque and he stated men and women are segregated in the mosque to avoid distraction. There were no specific programs, he stated they were working on starting a youth group and other programs that would benefit the Muslim community. When asked for statistics, he replied the majority  (he estimated about 5000/weekly) of the ‘men’ were from Pakistan but that is all he would say, as he said keeping track of records was not part of the Mosques’s mandate.

Overall it seemed that all centers that served Muslim population had a standard practices. For instance, none of the muslim centers (Mosques, schools, community centers) had records that were ethnicity, sex or age specific. The referral process was to drop in, or call the main number (with the exception of schools, which required calling the reception and scheduling an appointment).  Fridays seemed to be the busiest day and the programs and building seemed to be highly dependent on the funding received and seemed to be well connected between the community.

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Scarborough

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Scarborough Muslim Association – Jame Abu Akbar Siddique Masjid A non-profit organization since,  1981 that serves over 6000 individuals a week. Country of origin ranging from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Arab countries, African countries and European countries.

 

Five times daily Prayers

 

Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions

 

Tafseer of Quran every Saturday after Zuhr

 

Guidance, counselling, interpretation of Quran and Ahadith

 

Marriage/Nikah ceremonies

 

Funeral & Burial Services

 

Quran Classes for Adults

 

Youth Programs

 

Fully Accessible – Wheel Chair Ramp and an Elevator

 

Islamic Education: Full time School, Evening Madrasah, Sunday School, Alim/Alimah Course – Higher Islamic Studies, Full Time Hifz Class, Summer School

Immam Kasim Ingar.

Tel: (416) 750-2253

Ext: 12665

 

Office contact:-

 

Tel: (416) 750-2253

 

Fax: (416) 750-1616

 

Email: info@smacanada.ca

 

Web: www.smacanada.ca

 

Lawrence Ave. East

Scarborough, ON

M1P 2S2

CANADA

 

Masjid Al Jannah – Srilanka Islamic Foundation of Ontario Individual and Group Counselling

 

Food and Clothes Drive Programs

 

Start up – Senior Program

 

Diabetes Workshop – English, Gujarati and Tamil

 

Janaza – Funeral Services

 

Financial Aid

Tel: 647 342 7544

 

Email: info@slifo.ca

 

Web: www.slifo.ca

 

 

2201 Ellesmere Road

Scarborough

Ontario, M1G3M6 Canada

 

Islamic Institute of Toronto Established in 1996, the Islamic Institute of Toronto is a premier Islamic Educational Institution, located in Toronto Post-secondary courses in Arabic Language, Islamic Jurisprudence, Ethics and Spirituality, Islamic History and Civilization, Comparative Religion and Civic Engagement amongst others. Admin: Nazreen Shaffee

 

Tel:416 335 9173

 

Email: Secretary@iitacademy.ca

 

Web: http://www.Islam.ca

 

1630 Neilson Rd, Scarborough, ON M1X 1S3

Islamic Social Services – and Resources Associations MCS is a group of diverse professionals dedicated to enhancing newcomer community engagement. Our agency was established in 1987 as a nonprofit organization to serve and work with newcomers to facilitate their settlement and integration into Canada. We offer a wide range of services and learning opportunities to connect newcomers to a better future in the ever changing Canadian society.

 

Community Information and Referrals –
support to new immigrants and refugees – settlement work 

Community education/advocacy –
Community information sessions, and Cultural Sensitivity Training

 

Heritage classes are held once a week to provide cultural sensitivity to Muslims about the Canadian society and to non-Muslims about Islamic heritage and practices.

ESL Classes
We have on going classes for our clients who have difficulty in understanding and speaking English.

Volunteer program
The volunteer program is designed to provide placement for members of our community to assist and support other members of our community who would benefit from a volunteer’s assistance. We offer:

New Mother’s or Pregnant Mother’s Visitor

Sick child’s Visitor

Homework Tutoring program

Senior’s Visitor

Nutrition Group
We have an ongoing nutrition group in which Public Health teaches the clients about healthy eating and meal planning

Youth Program
The Youth Program focus on providing an opportunity for youths to participate in activities and discussions that are relevant to them

Homework Club
The Homework-club offers Tutorial assistance for students in both Toronto District School Board and ESL learners

Program for Women and Children:
A support network for women and children that are changing their lives to live free from violence in their homes, families, and local communities

Manager: Joanna Athely

(416) 767-9358

 

Office
(416) 767-1531

Fax
(416) 767-0328

Email
issra@issra.ca

Address:
2375 St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto
Ontario,

M6N 1K9

Salaheddin Islamic School Operating since September 1998, is a private Islamic Elementary and Secondary school operating in the city of Scarborough, Ontario Canada. Elementary Program – courses taught in regular Ontario public schools, except music, dance and drama. In their place, we offer Islamic classes.

Secondary Program –

In our secondary school, we primarily offer Academic, Mixed and University prep courses, all leading to university and college. During the 2012-2013 academic school year, we saw our second graduating grade 12 class into post secondary studies.

 

Abdul

(416) 264-9495

abdulabdul100@yahoo.ca

 

Web: http://www.salaheddin.org/

 

 

741 Kennedy Rd. ON M1K 2C6

 

CANADA

 

 

Islamic Society of Willowdale Our Brothers and Sisters have the choice to gain knowledge of our Darz Nizaamie course, a Classical Arabic and Islamic Shariah program that offered worldwide without having to leave their full time responsibilities. Prayers

New Muslim Support

 

Islamic Educational Institutes

 

Muslim Marriage

Matrimonial Services

Qadi / Marriage Officers for Nikah

 

Muslim Media / Publications

Community Newspapers

Local Muslim Radio Shows

Local Muslim TV Shows

Muslim Media Groups

Muslim Women

 

Muslim Youth

 

Relief work

 

Accessibility Organization

 

Family Counselling

 

Food Banks

 

Funeral Services

 

Muslim Senior Groups

 

New Immigrants

 

Sports & Entertainment

 

Tel:

416-495-9021

 

Web: http://www.torontomuslims.com/listing/islamic-society-of-willowdale/

 

3551 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S6

 

 

Agincourt Muslim Association Mosque and community center Prayers

 

Quran (Holy Book) reading for children, youth and adults:

1) Basic Quran Qaida

2) Nazira Quran (Learn to read Quran)

3) Tajweed (Learn Quran with rules of tajweed)

4) Tahfez-ul-Quran

5) Arabic Duas from Quran and Sunnat

 

Phone(416) 901-9659

 

3599 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K8

 

Al-Huda Muslim Society Is an Islamic non-profit organization. Its goal is to promote the teachings of Ahlul Bayt as well as to create a safe and Islamic atmosphere for its members. Mosque – Prayer

 

School

 

Youth centre

 

social hub

Funeral service

 

Cultural Center

 

Educational centre

 

Phone: 416 446 0935

 

Address: 975 Kennedy Rd. Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 2K5

 

Central Mosque Scarborough Central Mosque Scarborough has renovated its hall for the growing community of Scarborough

 

Five times daily Prayers

 

Two Friday Prayers

 

Qurbani available

 

Providing

Ramadan Huffazh to other Masajid (mosques)
Taraveeh Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha Prayers
Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions.
Tafseer of Quran every Saturday’s after Maghrib
Guidance, counseling

 

Interpretation of Quran and Ahadith
Marriage ceremonies
Community Hall
Youth Programs

 

Youth Counselling
Accessible to disabled – Wheel Chair Ramp
Islamic Education: Evening Madrasah, Alim/Alimah Course

 

Higher Islamic Studies

 

Full Time Hifz Class

 

Summer School

 

Immam: Asif Akbar

Phone: 416 439 3737

 

Address:
​PO BOX 90595 Cedar Heights Plaza
Scarborough, ON
M1H 3G7

Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society Mosque – prayers

Summer School Registration Form

Evening School (Madressah) Registration Form

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Phone: 416 686-3037

Address: 3340 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 1C6

Jamiah Qasimul Uloom

 

Jamiah Qasimul Uloom is an institute established in 2015 to provide the Muslim community with traditional Islamic education Mufti Ahmed Bemat (1932-2004) and Molana Asad Bemat (d.1993) saw a vision of starting an Islamic Seminary in Toronto which benefits the community. Prayer Phone: 416  431-2589

Address: 3482 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 3E5

Gawsul Azam Masjid Muniria Juba Tabligue Commitee Canada’ is a non profit, non-political, tarikat-based, spiritual organisation within the framework of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Newcomers assistance

 

Volunteers

 

 

250 Warden Ave,Toronto, On, M1N-3A1, Canada

1-416-828-5787

Muslim Welfare Centre  

The center is guided by the belief that service to humanity is service to Allah. We are committed to serving those in need, irrespective of religion, nationality, caste or creed

 

Halal Food Bank

 

Regent Park Lunch Service

 

Child Sponsorship program – in war torn Muslim countries

 

Free Medical Clinic for refuges and uninsured individuals

 

Halal Meals on Wheels – both for seniors and homeless individuals

 

Public School Nutrition Program

 

Muslim Welfare home – A safe haven for women and children fleeing violence

 

Project Ramadan – Help families in need during the months of Ramadan

 

 

Toll Free Tel: 1-866-754-3111
Tel: 416 754 8116
Fax: 416 754 4468
Email: muslim@muslimwelfarecentre.com 

100 McLevin Avenue, Suites 4 & 4A
Scarborough, ON M1B 5K1

Sakinan Community Center The Sakinah Community Center is a new multi-purpose community space which provides both members and casual users an opportunity to participate in a variety of religious, educational and leisure activities (416) 615-1550

 

1430 Birchmount Rd (Birchmount and Lawrence) Scarborough, ON M1P 2E8

 

info@sakinahcenter.com

 

http://www.SakinaCenter.com

 

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Markham

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Islamic Society of Markham ISM’s mission is to provide a uniform platform of expression for Islam, to develop educational, dawah and social services that translate the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah into everyday living, and to enhance Islamic identity in the society. Islamic Education School

 

Prayers

 

 

905 294 7866

 

2900 Denison Street, Markham. Ontario. L3S 4J8

 

 

Islamic Centre of Markham / Masjid Darul Iman

 

 

Masjid Darul Iman was founded to serve the the town of Markham’s rapidly expanding Muslim population, with the intention of offering vital Islamic services to the community and to please Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’ala.

 

Islamic School and Educational Program

Evening Hifz School Program for Boys

Weekly Quran Tafseer & Hadith Halaqa

 

 

Phone: (905) 209-8200

 

Address: 1330 Castlemore Ave, Markham, ON L6E 1A4

 

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Pickering

 

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
The Council of Islamic Guidance The Council of Islamic Guidance is a charitable non-profit organization and its mission is to safeguard, promote and foster the understanding and observance of religion among its Members, their families and others.  

Al Mahdi Madrassah – Islamic School

Muslim Burial Plan (MBP) as a cooperative organization to help the grieving families at their time of distress.

 

Al Mahdi Sports & Recreation – Sports activities were arranged for kids during summer vacation.

 

 

Phone:

416.283.5492

 

Email:ec@cig.ca

 

510 Concession 3 Road,
Pickering, ON. L1X 2R4

 

 

 

Pickering Islamic Centre

A new initiative to service the blooming Pickering Muslim population Senior Social Circle

 

Youth Islamic Classes

 

Summer programs

 

Womens – Sisters Committee

Immam: Asif
Phone: 905 426-7887 

Address:

2065 Brock Rd, North (9.58 mi)
Pickering, Ontario L1V 2P8

 

 

 

Ethnicity Specific Agencies

Name of agency Community Serviced and agency description Services provided Other contact information
North American Muslim Foundation Pakistani Matrimonial Services – Muslim Mates is NAMF’s own matrimonial service that aims to help Muslim singles find an appropriate spouse within a comfortable and halal environment.

 

Orphan Walk – Annual event that brings people of all ages, nationalities, and faiths together around a common goal: supporting orphaned children around the world

 

Halal Food Bank – Open Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM,

 

Speech competition –
NAMF’s annual Speech Competition

 

Family Fair -The NAMF Family Fair started in 2008 and is an annual event focused on bringing families together on the statutory holiday of Family Day in Ontario.

 

Zakat Distribution – Throughout the year, the North American Muslim Foundation collects and distributes the special religious donation – Zakat.

 

Marriage Services

 

Family Counselling

 

Youth Counselling

 

Legal aide

 

Settlement programs

 

Arabic language classes

 

Health and welfare program

 

NAMF Islamic Academy

 

Summer Islamic camp

 

North American Muslim Foundation

 

Phone: 416 299 1969

 

Fax: 416 299 4890

 

Email: info@namf.ca

 

Web:  https://www.namf.ca/

 

 

kanada turk – Islam Vakfi Turkish –

Canadian Turkish-Islamic Cultural Association was established in April 1983

Funeral Services

 

Religious and Official Marriage Services

 

Prayer

 

Tel: (416) 469-2610E-mail: info@papecami.comAddress: 336 Pape Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 2W7
Gashanti Unity Somalian –

Gashanti Unity is a group of young Somali women in Toronto. Our mission is to provide girls and young women a safe atmosphere to develop their gifts, abilities, and positive relationships.

365 Bay Mills Blvd. Toronto, Ontario. M1T 2G5

 

info@gashantiunity.ca

Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto Albania

Mosque and Social service agency

Forgiveness of Five Hours of Prayer.

Prayer of Jumu’ah Prayer.

Islamic teaching every Sunday for children.

Lecture for women (First Saturday of every month).

Religious consulates.

Terror Forgiveness, iftar in the mosque, Quran reading, religious lectures.

Forgiveness of two Eid and Bajram’s Dinner.

Islamic Marriage.

Mortal services.

Mevlude on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and the New Year of AI.

 

– Address:
564 Annette Street,
Toronto, ON, M6S 2C2
– Phone:
(416) 763-0612
– E-mail:
xhamia@albmuslim.ca
Canadian Arab Federation Employment

 

Immigration

 

Refugees assistance

Womens and senior rights

 

Website says services are offered however there is not much information. Not reachable by phone.

Phone: 416 493 8635

 

Fax: 416 493 9239

 

Web: www.caf.ca

Address: 1057 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto.

 

 

 

Reference

Canadian Encyclopedia (June, 2016) Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/islam/

Natasha Bakht, ed, Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada (2008)

Our appreciation for Sharmila on her work in initiating this project, and hope we can continue work in improving service connection and navigation to families and individuals of Muslim faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset Mapping for Muslim Population in

Scarborough, Pickering and Markham

 

ASET Group Consulting and Counselling Services

 

Prepared by Sharmila Jaihindraj

MSW Intern

March 2018

Content

 

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………1

 

Muslim agencies in Scarborough…………………………………………………………………7

 

Muslim agencies in Markham…………………………………………………………………..13

 

Muslim agencies in Pickering…………………………………………………………………..14

 

Ethnicity specific agencies……………………………………………………………….……..14

 

Reference……………………………………………………………………………………….18

Introduction

 

In Canada, the first presence of the Muslim population (13 members) was recorded in 1871, and the population has since grown exponentially, it is also the fastest growing population in the country. (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011). The majority of the Muslim population comes from South and Central Asia, the Middle East and East Africa (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2016). Muslim follow the teachings in the Book of Allah, the Qur’an. They are guided by a legal-ethical system that is guided by the Halal (permissible) and Haram (prohibited) rules. In Canada, change in immigration laws, the Second World War, the need for skilled workers and unrest in many countries, from 1871 to today, has brought in Muslims from Lebanon, Albania, Syria, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Indonesia, Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, Iran, Afghanistan and the Balkans has brought in hundreds of thousands of Muslims. The early settlers concentrated in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, however statistics now show Muslim populations have thrived in all parts of Canada, with an overwhelming majority of new immigrants settling in the GTA (Bakht, 2016).

 

According to Muslim Canadian researchers, there are two different Islamic denominations. The large majority of Canadians belongs to Sunni Islam, while the remainder follows shi’i Islam. This division stems from the religious-political divisions in Islamic history and has slightly different spiritual practices and beliefs. There are also other denominations within this division, such as Twelvers, Ismallis (followers of Aga Khan), Sufis (followers of the mystic traditions of Sunnism and Shism) and subsects such as Druze, Alawis, and the Qudyanis (Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011). These sects have cultural differences however follow the same teachings of Islam.

Many Islamic organizations also formed since the 1950, the oldest of the being the Islamic association of Canada, Muslim Students Association, Council of Muslim Communities in Canada, and the Islamic Society of North America. Many social service agencies also began servicing Muslim communities specifically after identifying Muslim immigrants as being subjected to highest number of hate crimes (Statistics Canada, 2006), mostly based on their perceived restricted clothing, dietary needs, prayer needs and so forth. Over the course of the years Muslims have negotiated and worked with the Canadian government to recognize their needs and make accommodations accordingly (Bakht, 2016).

 

This Assert mapping identified many agencies operating within Scarborough, Pickering and Markham, with an overwhelming incomparable number of services in Scarborough. The largest number of Muslim specific service provided in these areas are places of worship (referred to as Mosque and usually has one head, known as the Immam). Some mosques, also provide Islamic education and since recently has been approved for private Islamic schools which follow the Ontario curriculum with certain exceptions that are religion specific.  Social service agencies provide services such as Halal Food Banks, Prayer assistance, Quran classes, Youth groups, Marriage (Nikkah) and Burial Services.

 

It is also interesting that no agency maintained statistics on the different Muslim Ethnic population it served and nearly no agency acknowledged the cultural differences between their populations. Almost all agencies stated, they serve the Muslim population and certain administrators and Immams attempted to provide a ballpark figure – since these numbers were subjective, it is not included in this report. There was also only a couple of community and social agencies that identified with a specific community or country of origin, and geared their services towards a certain ethnic population. There was one agency that provided shelter for victims of violence (Women and children) and even though this shelter is located outside of the scope of this paper it was still included. There was no agency that serviced men and or women with addiction issues, child welfare specific, employment specific, settlement and so forth.

 

This Writer visited two mosques in random to visit, one in Scarborough and one in Markham. The mosque in Scarborough is called Central Mosque Scarborough, and is located between Lawrence and Markham. The place of worship was decorated with mats on the floor and one individual, who identified himself as Asif Akbar stated he was the Immam and the person incharge. He asked if this Writer was of the same faith, when this Writer replied no, he politely requested to remain on spot as other areas were restricted – this Writer respected. explained it was a holy place for people of faith, programs did not have handouts or pamphlets, and participants in youth Qu’ran reading programs were from within the community. When asked about specifics populations he provided an estimation from memory was about 6000 individuals, weekly  – 50% from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, 30% Arabs and Europeans and 2-3% Africans (Note: this population does not add to a 100%, but was the estimation shared). He stated there was no referral process and anyone who needs help should drop in, due to nature of the changing staff and population. Overall there was no formal record keeping of numbers attending, ethnic backgrounds, referral processes, formal reception setup and so forth. The Immam, made it clear that what brings them together is their faith, anything that separates them (such as race and backgrounds) is “insignificant”.

The other mosque this Writer visited was the Islamic Society of Markham in Markham (Denison and Middlefield). This building looked more like the traditional mosques with the crescent and star. The receptionist was a gentleman named Kaim Ingar, he stated their Immam only comes in on Fridays and there is not consistent person presently . He walked me to the section where women are allowed to in a mosque and he stated men and women are segregated in the mosque to avoid distraction. There were no specific programs, he stated they were working on starting a youth group and other programs that would benefit the Muslim community. When asked for statistics, he replied the majority  (he estimated about 5000/weekly) of the ‘men’ were from Pakistan but that is all he would say, as he said keeping track of records was not part of the Mosques’s mandate.

Overall it seemed that all centers that served Muslim population had a standard practices. For instance, none of the muslim centers (Mosques, schools, community centers) had records that were ethnicity, sex or age specific. The referral process was to drop in, or call the main number (with the exception of schools, which required calling the reception and scheduling an appointment).  Fridays seemed to be the busiest day and the programs and building seemed to be highly dependent on the funding received and seemed to be well connected between the community.

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Scarborough

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Scarborough Muslim Association – Jame Abu Akbar Siddique Masjid A non-profit organization since,  1981 that serves over 6000 individuals a week. Country of origin ranging from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Arab countries, African countries and European countries.

 

Five times daily Prayers

 

Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions

 

Tafseer of Quran every Saturday after Zuhr

 

Guidance, counselling, interpretation of Quran and Ahadith

 

Marriage/Nikah ceremonies

 

Funeral & Burial Services

 

Quran Classes for Adults

 

Youth Programs

 

Fully Accessible – Wheel Chair Ramp and an Elevator

 

Islamic Education: Full time School, Evening Madrasah, Sunday School, Alim/Alimah Course – Higher Islamic Studies, Full Time Hifz Class, Summer School

Immam Kasim Ingar.

Tel: (416) 750-2253

Ext: 12665

 

Office contact:-

 

Tel: (416) 750-2253

 

Fax: (416) 750-1616

 

Email: info@smacanada.ca

 

Web: www.smacanada.ca

 

Lawrence Ave. East

Scarborough, ON

M1P 2S2

CANADA

 

Masjid Al Jannah – Srilanka Islamic Foundation of Ontario Individual and Group Counselling

 

Food and Clothes Drive Programs

 

Start up – Senior Program

 

Diabetes Workshop – English, Gujarati and Tamil

 

Janaza – Funeral Services

 

Financial Aid

Tel: 647 342 7544

 

Email: info@slifo.ca

 

Web: www.slifo.ca

 

 

2201 Ellesmere Road

Scarborough

Ontario, M1G3M6 Canada

 

Islamic Institute of Toronto Established in 1996, the Islamic Institute of Toronto is a premier Islamic Educational Institution, located in Toronto Post-secondary courses in Arabic Language, Islamic Jurisprudence, Ethics and Spirituality, Islamic History and Civilization, Comparative Religion and Civic Engagement amongst others. Admin: Nazreen Shaffee

 

Tel:416 335 9173

 

Email: Secretary@iitacademy.ca

 

Web: http://www.Islam.ca

 

1630 Neilson Rd, Scarborough, ON M1X 1S3

Islamic Social Services – and Resources Associations MCS is a group of diverse professionals dedicated to enhancing newcomer community engagement. Our agency was established in 1987 as a nonprofit organization to serve and work with newcomers to facilitate their settlement and integration into Canada. We offer a wide range of services and learning opportunities to connect newcomers to a better future in the ever changing Canadian society.

 

Community Information and Referrals –
support to new immigrants and refugees – settlement work 

Community education/advocacy –
Community information sessions, and Cultural Sensitivity Training

 

Heritage classes are held once a week to provide cultural sensitivity to Muslims about the Canadian society and to non-Muslims about Islamic heritage and practices.

ESL Classes
We have on going classes for our clients who have difficulty in understanding and speaking English.

Volunteer program
The volunteer program is designed to provide placement for members of our community to assist and support other members of our community who would benefit from a volunteer’s assistance. We offer:

New Mother’s or Pregnant Mother’s Visitor

Sick child’s Visitor

Homework Tutoring program

Senior’s Visitor

Nutrition Group
We have an ongoing nutrition group in which Public Health teaches the clients about healthy eating and meal planning

Youth Program
The Youth Program focus on providing an opportunity for youths to participate in activities and discussions that are relevant to them

Homework Club
The Homework-club offers Tutorial assistance for students in both Toronto District School Board and ESL learners

Program for Women and Children:
A support network for women and children that are changing their lives to live free from violence in their homes, families, and local communities

Manager: Joanna Athely

(416) 767-9358

 

Office
(416) 767-1531

Fax
(416) 767-0328

Email
issra@issra.ca

Address:
2375 St. Clair Ave. West
Toronto
Ontario,

M6N 1K9

Salaheddin Islamic School Operating since September 1998, is a private Islamic Elementary and Secondary school operating in the city of Scarborough, Ontario Canada. Elementary Program – courses taught in regular Ontario public schools, except music, dance and drama. In their place, we offer Islamic classes.

Secondary Program –

In our secondary school, we primarily offer Academic, Mixed and University prep courses, all leading to university and college. During the 2012-2013 academic school year, we saw our second graduating grade 12 class into post secondary studies.

 

Abdul

(416) 264-9495

abdulabdul100@yahoo.ca

 

Web: http://www.salaheddin.org/

 

 

741 Kennedy Rd. ON M1K 2C6

 

CANADA

 

 

Islamic Society of Willowdale Our Brothers and Sisters have the choice to gain knowledge of our Darz Nizaamie course, a Classical Arabic and Islamic Shariah program that offered worldwide without having to leave their full time responsibilities. Prayers

New Muslim Support

 

Islamic Educational Institutes

 

Muslim Marriage

Matrimonial Services

Qadi / Marriage Officers for Nikah

 

Muslim Media / Publications

Community Newspapers

Local Muslim Radio Shows

Local Muslim TV Shows

Muslim Media Groups

Muslim Women

 

Muslim Youth

 

Relief work

 

Accessibility Organization

 

Family Counselling

 

Food Banks

 

Funeral Services

 

Muslim Senior Groups

 

New Immigrants

 

Sports & Entertainment

 

Tel:

416-495-9021

 

Web: http://www.torontomuslims.com/listing/islamic-society-of-willowdale/

 

3551 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S6

 

 

Agincourt Muslim Association Mosque and community center Prayers

 

Quran (Holy Book) reading for children, youth and adults:

1) Basic Quran Qaida

2) Nazira Quran (Learn to read Quran)

3) Tajweed (Learn Quran with rules of tajweed)

4) Tahfez-ul-Quran

5) Arabic Duas from Quran and Sunnat

 

Phone(416) 901-9659

 

3599 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K8

 

Al-Huda Muslim Society Is an Islamic non-profit organization. Its goal is to promote the teachings of Ahlul Bayt as well as to create a safe and Islamic atmosphere for its members. Mosque – Prayer

 

School

 

Youth centre

 

social hub

Funeral service

 

Cultural Center

 

Educational centre

 

Phone: 416 446 0935

 

Address: 975 Kennedy Rd. Scarborough, Ontario, M1P 2K5

 

Central Mosque Scarborough Central Mosque Scarborough has renovated its hall for the growing community of Scarborough

 

Five times daily Prayers

 

Two Friday Prayers

 

Qurbani available

 

Providing

Ramadan Huffazh to other Masajid (mosques)
Taraveeh Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha Prayers
Programs & Bayans for Holy nights and occasions.
Tafseer of Quran every Saturday’s after Maghrib
Guidance, counseling

 

Interpretation of Quran and Ahadith
Marriage ceremonies
Community Hall
Youth Programs

 

Youth Counselling
Accessible to disabled – Wheel Chair Ramp
Islamic Education: Evening Madrasah, Alim/Alimah Course

 

Higher Islamic Studies

 

Full Time Hifz Class

 

Summer School

 

Immam: Asif Akbar

Phone: 416 439 3737

 

Address:
​PO BOX 90595 Cedar Heights Plaza
Scarborough, ON
M1H 3G7

Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society Mosque – prayers

Summer School Registration Form

Evening School (Madressah) Registration Form

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Phone: 416 686-3037

Address: 3340 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 1C6

Jamiah Qasimul Uloom

 

Jamiah Qasimul Uloom is an institute established in 2015 to provide the Muslim community with traditional Islamic education Mufti Ahmed Bemat (1932-2004) and Molana Asad Bemat (d.1993) saw a vision of starting an Islamic Seminary in Toronto which benefits the community. Prayer Phone: 416  431-2589

Address: 3482 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 3E5

Gawsul Azam Masjid Muniria Juba Tabligue Commitee Canada’ is a non profit, non-political, tarikat-based, spiritual organisation within the framework of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Newcomers assistance

 

Volunteers

 

 

250 Warden Ave,Toronto, On, M1N-3A1, Canada

1-416-828-5787

Muslim Welfare Centre  

The center is guided by the belief that service to humanity is service to Allah. We are committed to serving those in need, irrespective of religion, nationality, caste or creed

 

Halal Food Bank

 

Regent Park Lunch Service

 

Child Sponsorship program – in war torn Muslim countries

 

Free Medical Clinic for refuges and uninsured individuals

 

Halal Meals on Wheels – both for seniors and homeless individuals

 

Public School Nutrition Program

 

Muslim Welfare home – A safe haven for women and children fleeing violence

 

Project Ramadan – Help families in need during the months of Ramadan

 

 

Toll Free Tel: 1-866-754-3111
Tel: 416 754 8116
Fax: 416 754 4468
Email: muslim@muslimwelfarecentre.com 

100 McLevin Avenue, Suites 4 & 4A
Scarborough, ON M1B 5K1

Sakinan Community Center The Sakinah Community Center is a new multi-purpose community space which provides both members and casual users an opportunity to participate in a variety of religious, educational and leisure activities (416) 615-1550

 

1430 Birchmount Rd (Birchmount and Lawrence) Scarborough, ON M1P 2E8

 

info@sakinahcenter.com

 

http://www.SakinaCenter.com

 

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Markham

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
Islamic Society of Markham ISM’s mission is to provide a uniform platform of expression for Islam, to develop educational, dawah and social services that translate the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah into everyday living, and to enhance Islamic identity in the society. Islamic Education School

 

Prayers

 

 

905 294 7866

 

2900 Denison Street, Markham. Ontario. L3S 4J8

 

 

Islamic Centre of Markham / Masjid Darul Iman

 

 

Masjid Darul Iman was founded to serve the the town of Markham’s rapidly expanding Muslim population, with the intention of offering vital Islamic services to the community and to please Allah Subhaanahu wa ta’ala.

 

Islamic School and Educational Program

Evening Hifz School Program for Boys

Weekly Quran Tafseer & Hadith Halaqa

 

 

Phone: (905) 209-8200

 

Address: 1330 Castlemore Ave, Markham, ON L6E 1A4

 

 

 

 

Muslim Agencies in Pickering

 

 

Name of agency Description of agency Services provided Other contact information
The Council of Islamic Guidance The Council of Islamic Guidance is a charitable non-profit organization and its mission is to safeguard, promote and foster the understanding and observance of religion among its Members, their families and others.  

Al Mahdi Madrassah – Islamic School

Muslim Burial Plan (MBP) as a cooperative organization to help the grieving families at their time of distress.

 

Al Mahdi Sports & Recreation – Sports activities were arranged for kids during summer vacation.

 

 

Phone:

416.283.5492

 

Email:ec@cig.ca

 

510 Concession 3 Road,
Pickering, ON. L1X 2R4

 

 

 

Pickering Islamic Centre

A new initiative to service the blooming Pickering Muslim population Senior Social Circle

 

Youth Islamic Classes

 

Summer programs

 

Womens – Sisters Committee

Immam: Asif
Phone: 905 426-7887 

Address:

2065 Brock Rd, North (9.58 mi)
Pickering, Ontario L1V 2P8

 

 

 

Ethnicity Specific Agencies

Name of agency Community Serviced and agency description Services provided Other contact information
North American Muslim Foundation Pakistani Matrimonial Services – Muslim Mates is NAMF’s own matrimonial service that aims to help Muslim singles find an appropriate spouse within a comfortable and halal environment.

 

Orphan Walk – Annual event that brings people of all ages, nationalities, and faiths together around a common goal: supporting orphaned children around the world

 

Halal Food Bank – Open Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM,

 

Speech competition –
NAMF’s annual Speech Competition

 

Family Fair -The NAMF Family Fair started in 2008 and is an annual event focused on bringing families together on the statutory holiday of Family Day in Ontario.

 

Zakat Distribution – Throughout the year, the North American Muslim Foundation collects and distributes the special religious donation – Zakat.

 

Marriage Services

 

Family Counselling

 

Youth Counselling

 

Legal aide

 

Settlement programs

 

Arabic language classes

 

Health and welfare program

 

NAMF Islamic Academy

 

Summer Islamic camp

 

North American Muslim Foundation

 

Phone: 416 299 1969

 

Fax: 416 299 4890

 

Email: info@namf.ca

 

Web:  https://www.namf.ca/

 

 

kanada turk – Islam Vakfi Turkish –

Canadian Turkish-Islamic Cultural Association was established in April 1983

Funeral Services

 

Religious and Official Marriage Services

 

Prayer

 

Tel: (416) 469-2610E-mail: info@papecami.comAddress: 336 Pape Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 2W7
Gashanti Unity Somalian –

Gashanti Unity is a group of young Somali women in Toronto. Our mission is to provide girls and young women a safe atmosphere to develop their gifts, abilities, and positive relationships.

365 Bay Mills Blvd. Toronto, Ontario. M1T 2G5

 

info@gashantiunity.ca

Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto Albania

Mosque and Social service agency

Forgiveness of Five Hours of Prayer.

Prayer of Jumu’ah Prayer.

Islamic teaching every Sunday for children.

Lecture for women (First Saturday of every month).

Religious consulates.

Terror Forgiveness, iftar in the mosque, Quran reading, religious lectures.

Forgiveness of two Eid and Bajram’s Dinner.

Islamic Marriage.

Mortal services.

Mevlude on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and the New Year of AI.

 

– Address:
564 Annette Street,
Toronto, ON, M6S 2C2
– Phone:
(416) 763-0612
– E-mail:
xhamia@albmuslim.ca
Canadian Arab Federation Employment

 

Immigration

 

Refugees assistance

Womens and senior rights

 

Website says services are offered however there is not much information. Not reachable by phone.

Phone: 416 493 8635

 

Fax: 416 493 9239

 

Web: www.caf.ca

Address: 1057 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto.

 

 

 

 

Reference

 

Canadian Encyclopedia (June, 2016) Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/islam/

 

Natasha Bakht, ed, Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada (2008)

 

 

 

 

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