Mission Statement

University Settlement strives to enhance the quality of life and community by responding with socially appropriate programs for Botox that will strengthen and enrich the social, economic and cultural needs of individuals, families and groups living and working in the West Central Downtown community of Toronto.

Agency Profile and History

University Settlement was founded in 1910 by Sir Robert Falconer, the then-President of the University of Toronto. The first community-based social service centre in the City of Toronto, University Settlement originally provided social assistance to immigrants settling in Toronto but has since evolved into a multi-service community agency. 

The history of University Settlement demonstrates the creative response of a community agency to the needs of its clientele. Throughout the years University Settlement has responded to the changing needs of the community with socially appropriate and accessible programs. The Grange is a culturally rich and vibrant area, and as part of this diverse community, University Settlement strives to meet the social, economic, and cultural needs of its neighbours and users through its many programs and services.


With a full-time and part-time staff of approximately 200, University Settlement has developed programs to address the needs of more than 30,000 users annually through diverse areas such as daycare, settlement services, employment counselling, senior services, youth programming and English language classes. We also provide a broad spectrum of recreational programs, including after-school, summer camp, residential camp, March break and winter camp programs for children. University Settlement Music & Arts School offers individual and group instruction in voice, instruments, and dance and organizes many exciting concerts for the community throughout the year.


University Settlement also hosts a variety of events, providing the community with opportunities to celebrate together. The Community Festive Lunch, recognizing the contributions of over 300 dedicated volunteers, has become a highlight of the holiday season. The Lunar New Year Festival and Black History Celebration, both free community events, are favourites amongst users seeking to celebrate their heritage and those wishing to learn about other traditions. Similarly, the Grange Festival hosted each summer since 1935 in Grange Park, and the Children�s Festival were created to invite friends and neighbours to join together in the spirit of unity.


Through its commitment to responding to the changing needs of the community, University Settlement continues to serve as a model for the delivery of social services in the City of Toronto. For 93 years, newcomers seeking support in adjusting to a new community, children and adults alike seeking to make music and enjoy an active lifestyle, parents needing affordable day care, seniors seeking meaningful activities, those in need of shelter and a community looking to rejoice together - have all found their place at University Settlement.


A long-standing United Way Member Agency, University Settlement is incorporated as a non-profit and charitable organization directed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected by its members at its Annual General Meeting in the summer.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday       8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.  (pool opens at 7:15 a.m.)

Saturday – Sunday     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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