VWAT Family Services

'Empowering our Community'



          New at VWAT – Free Museum and Gallery Tickets

Ontario Science Centre (OSC)

Ont. Science Centre

The OSC offers exciting hands-on experiences for guests to engage in science exhibits and demonstrations. Exhibitions will delight, inform, and challenge your thinking and understanding about our world. VWAT offers admission tickets for low-income clients to the Science Centre for only $2.00/adults and free of charge for children (age 3-17), and seniors (age 65+). Infants 2 and under always enter free.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)


You are invited to explore the AGO’s collection of more than 90,000 works of art—from classical to cutting-edge contemporary pieces.VWAT can now lend out AGO family membership cards to newcomers and low-income families. Each card provides admission to 2 adults and up to 5 children/youth ages 17 and under. One-time use passes are also available.

Royal Ontario Museam (ROM)

royal-ontario-museumDiscover and enjoy extraordinary experiences of science and civilization at the ROM, one of the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. VWAT will soon host group visits for newcomer clients to the ROM. Join us to explore the world from dinosaurs to outer space. Stay tuned to find out more about VWAT’s next planned trip to the ROM. (as tickets are limited, they are limited to first time newcomer clients of VWAT)


Contact VWAT at (647) 723-2165 for more information on how you can access museum and gallery tickets.


VWAT thanks the OSC’s Community Pass Program, the AGO’s Community Membership Program, and the ROM’s Community Access Network for making these opportunities possible.


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VWAT Settlement Programs

Arriving in a new country can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. VWAT Family Services offers to help make that experience easier. We provide support, advocacy and information to families and individuals in the areas of:
• Sponsorship, Citizenship & Visa applications
• Translating & completing forms & paperwork
• Obtaining necessary documents & identification
• Housing & employment support
• Counselling & referrals
• Orientation to Toronto & Canadian life

We offer programs to assist individuals in strengthening their English language skills and building their knowledge of Canada to prepare for the Canadian Citizenship Test and English Conversation Circles to increase their ability and confidence to communicate in a new language.

VWAT Seniors Programs

VWAT is a place for seniors to socialize, meet new people, connect to resources, and contribute to community activities. Our seniors enjoy activities from weekly fitness classes and neighbourhood walks, to healthy eating and cooking classes. Come out to laugh, learn, exercise and socialize with us.

VWAT Youth Programs

Designed for youth aged 13-24, VWAT’s Youth Programming believes all youth have skills and strengths. VWAT strives to offer opportunities for youth to capitalize on those qualities and show the great things they are capable of. Join to give your input in skill building workshops, lead critical discussions, participate in volunteer opportunities, get involved in recreational activities, and go on field trips to explore Toronto. Join to build skills, make new friends, and contribute back to your community. Earn volunteer hours as well.

Children’s Academic Tutoring: Math and English

The tutoring program is a self-sustained program, hosted at  Oakdale Community Centre each Sunday throughout the year by program staff and volunteers. English and Math are the two main subjects that are tutored. Every year the tutoring program teaches and supports roughly 200 students in the English and Math classes from grade 1 to grade 12.

VWAT Volunteers

Volunteers are what makes VWAT’s day-to-day activities and our large community events possible.
You may be thinking, “Will my efforts really make a difference?” or “I wonder what I have to offer?”
Our volunteers come from varying backgrounds and skill sets: from high school students to skilled professionals and trade workers. Each of us has something valuable to offer in a volunteer capacity.
VWAT’s goal is to help our volunteers develop transferable skills and gain more experience to strengthen the community and their future. Many of our newcomer volunteers have found friends, networks and skills within themselves.
So jump in and volunteer to help your community.

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