Families on Yonge and Eglinton

… where new friends meet!

A History of The Central Eglinton Community Centre

Originally known as The Third Floor, the Central Eglinton Community Centre (CECC) was developed in 1976 by a group of citizens and community groups concerned about the conservation, protection and improvement of their community. After community needs were researched, it was concluded that a focal point for community activities was needed.

The Centre was first established on the third floor of the old Eglinton Public School and was designated by the Neighbourhoods Committee, City Council, City of Toronto, as the community centre to provide services to this neighbourhood. Under the Municipal Act, a Board of Management (11 Directors) was appointed by City Council and an administrative budget was allocated.

Initially, the Centre focused on parent/child activities. Over the years, and in response to a variety of needs expressed by the community, the Centre’s objectives expanded to provide a variety of programs and services for people of all ages including a range of social, recreational and leisure programs for older adult/seniors.

A non-profit organization, the Centre’s core administration budget is provided by the City of Toronto. Support for programs and services offered comes from Centre membership fees, program fees, donations, fundraising events and relevant government grants.

In December 1992, the Centre relocated to its permanent location at 160 Eglinton Avenue East where all programs and services could operate in one central location.

In 1999, the City leased 3,201 square feet of additional space on the 2nd floor of the office building. The Centre’s administration moved upstairs enabling additional program space to be made available on the ground floor. In 2006, the City of Toronto, after a governance review and the passing of the new City of Toronto Act, developed a written relationship framework that clarifies the roles and describes the relationship between the City and the Centre.

Programs are offered for:

  • Families and Caregivers with babies and young children
  • Older adults (50+ years)
  • March Break Camp and Summer Day Camp for school-aged children
  • Lunch-time, Evening and Saturday programs for adults (18+)
  • After School Program

Services provided include:

  • Income Tax Clinic (March & April)
  • Financial Planning Clinic
  • Childcare Registry
  • Children’s Clothing Closet
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • Employment & Training Information/Opportunities
  • Food Bank Box
  • Computer Lab Drop In

Volunteers are essential to CECC, and are involved at all levels, from the Board of Management to direct service volunteering in programs and fundraising ventures. CECC holds many special events, such as an annual auction, spring and fall craft markets, and holiday parties.

CECC is truly a place “where new friends meet.”