The Indigenous Neighbours program facilitates reconciliation through relationship, art and advocacy. We help share culture as we support Indigenous artists. We address systemic poverty issues by responding to disasters, advocating for justice and promoting sustainable livelihoods.
The cost and availability of food is a serious issue for Indigenous neighbors in Northern Ontario. Rooted firmly in our relationship to the land, we are participating with nine First Nation communities across Northern Ontario to raise funds to transport community gardening kits to support Indigenous food sovereignty.
Niska Artisans supports Indigenous artisans by purchasing their work, hosting workshops and sales and creating space to gather. This fair trade program seeks to educate about unique cultures in Ontario’s far north and to preserve a way of life that’s being lost.
MCC Ontario listens to the voices of Indigenous people and seeks to walk in friendship and solidarity. We provide opportunities to learn about the harmful impacts of colonization and residential schools. We help equip churches to engage in reconciliation and peacebuilding.
Many First Nations communities struggle to access clean and safe drinking water. Across Ontario, the Indigenous Neighbours program advocates for clean, safe drinking water and raises awareness through webinars and other initiatives.
Kits and comforters
From disaster relief supplies sent to fly-in Indigenous communities to kits and comforters sent to people displaced in countries such as Syria, MCC Ontario connects our communities with those in need worldwide.
Stationary meat canner
MCC Ontario’s new stationary meat canner will can over 90,000 pounds of meat in the first year - that’s almost double the output of past years - feeding thousands more hungry people each year! With your help, we plan to grow from there.
Making kits and comforters
When you make and send kits and comforters to people in the midst of conflict, disaster or poverty, you provide a tangible reminder that their needs matter. Find out how you can give hope and comfort to individuals and families in Ontario and around the world.
Tour our warehouse
The supplies we send around the world offer comfort to families facing disaster or crisis. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our Material Resources warehouse and see how your support allows us to share hope and comfort in the name of Christ.
Volunteer with us
Volunteers are the front line of our relief work around the world. Positions include receiving, packing and shipping material resources, as well as sewing, fabric cutting and teaching skills to create beautiful blankets that are sent to people in crisis. Join us!
Migration and resettlement
Across Ontario, we support groups such as churches and municipalities that welcome newcomers through Canada's private sponsorship of refugees program. We liaise with service providers to deliver culturally sensitive services to Low German-speaking Mennonites.
Around the world, people become refugees when they are forced to flee their homes because of conflict or violence. Learn how you can bring newcomers to Canada through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.
Blended Visa Office Referred program
The Blended Visa Office Referred program is a program where the Canadian government contributes to the financial support of newcomers. Under this model, newcomers receive six months of income support through the Canadian government and the sponsoring groups cover the remaining six months.
Supporting Low German-speaking newcomers
MCC has long standing relationships with Low German-speaking Mennonites across North and South America. In Ontario, we provide support to Low German newcomers through capacity building, networking and advocacy and partnering with other groups working with Low German newcomers.
Restorative justice programs address the needs of those who have been victimized, the community impacted by the crime and the offender.
We support formerly incarcerated individuals in their reintegration journey using creativity, peer mentoring and building resilience.
Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)
Teams of volunteers and staff meet with men and women with histories of sexual offending to hold them accountable for their actions and support them as they reintegrate into community after release from prison. The result is fewer victims of violent and sexual crimes.
Faith and community reintegration initiatives
MCC Ontario supports the return to community of previously incarcerated women, helping them to positively reintegrate and improve their lives and relationships through peer mentoring and skill development.
Restorative justice and peacebuilding
The Restorative Justice program in Ontario offers a variety of creative training opportunities for churches and community groups to help tear down stereotypes and teach peacebuilding and active intervention skills.
Walking with People in Poverty
In Ontario, we respond to poverty by walking alongside marginalized people with compassion and caring. We help provide meaningful employment, promote sustainable livelihoods and create awareness through advocacy.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends supports individuals and families around Kitchener-Waterloo who are transitioning from homelessness and shelter-living back into the community. Small groups meet each week, creating a network of support for those in transition.
Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise
Through the sale of delicious, handcrafted gourmet soup, the Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise creates meaningful employment for amazingly talented individuals who face barriers to employment due to social exclusion.
We advocate for policies that contribute to peace and justice in Ontario. We work directly with people impacted by poverty and injustice to find ways that government policies and programs can be improved to help ensure everyone can live a life of dignity.
People’s Action Group (PAG)
PAG members are experts in the homelessness experience and provide opinions and share knowledge to guide the ongoing work of the housing stability system in the Waterloo Region.
PAG includes people who have a lived experience of homelessness and have accessed supports available in the Waterloo Region housing stability system.
MCC’s work in Ontario
Read stories about the people and partnerships behind MCC’s work in Ontario and around the world.
When new housing makes the housing crisis worse
If we change policies but not our hearts, will it make a difference?
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Lay of the land / Colleen Hookimaw and Bill Loutitt
- Indigenous Neighbors
The Raw Carrot at MCC is celebrating five years!
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One thousand, one hundred
"Far from perfect, but so worth it."
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MCC Ontario announces new executive director
Art for Peace
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