The mandate of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Toronto Branch (UCC-Toronto) is to coordinate and represent the Ukrainian Canadian community in Toronto.
There are currently over 1.2 million Canadians of Ukrainian background living in Canada, over 100,000 living in the City of Toronto and many more residing in the surrounding Greater Toronto Area.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) represents the Ukrainian Canadian community before the people and Government of Canada, promotes linkages with Ukraine, and identifies and addresses the needs of the Ukrainian community in Canada to ensure its continued development within Canada’s socio-cultural fabric. UCC-Toronto is the Toronto branch of the national UCC.
We continue to build our future on the basis of a very solid foundation developed and implemented by generations of Ukrainian Canadians before us. The Congress has been serving the community for more than half a century and we continue to do so in an effective and inclusive manner. We fulfill our mandate by coordinating and leading key community celebrations, such as Ukraine’s Independence Day (in August), Remembrance Day (in November), Ukraine’s Reunification Day (in January), and all major community and historic milestones that have a significant impact on our community.
We foster a community environment based on equality, justice, tolerance, inclusiveness, and respect by working with 40 member organizations and community members to enable them to establish their respective roles within the community. Our member organizations represent the Ukrainian Canadian community across a wide spectrum of demographics and interests. These organizations are separate entities with their own members, and are represented within UCC-Toronto via their member representatives who elect our Board.
We also help foster the ”special relationship” that Canada shares with Ukraine and ensure that new Canadians are welcomed into the community.
In addition, we work closely with the National Executive of the UCC in effectively representing the Community before the government and media on a variety of topics of concern, for example Immigration, Justice, and Multiculturalism.
The Congress can be characterized as having an effective, team-based, and professional management team, led by a broad spectrum of young leaders and core group of seasoned veterans dedicated to the further growth and prosperity of their community.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many Board Members, volunteers, and supporters who contribute so much of their time and effort in executing a truly ambitious program on behalf of the entire community. We are proud to be part of such a dedicated team and, as always, we look to your continued support.