The Villa Charities campus, for almost 50 years, has played an important part in supporting the Italian community. Founded in 1971, Villa Charities was established to provide elderly Italian-Canadians with affordable, high-quality and culturally sensitive long-term care. In 1976, that vision materialized with the construction of Villa Colombo Toronto, a long-term care facility that incorporates various elements of Italian culture to create an environment of peace, community and comfort. Since then, the Villa Charities has expanded to include a community centre, seniors housing and off-site, a long-term care facility in Vaughan.
Villa Charities Inc. (VCI) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that enriches lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided cultural and educational programs and supported culturally sensitive long-term care and independent living apartments for seniors. We fulfill our mandate through a broad range of activities, services and facilities, both directly and in conjunction with our affiliates and independent Italian organizations. Affiliates include Columbus Centre and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery; Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc. Di Poce Centre; and Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors. Each of these organizations is an integral part of the Villa Charities family with separate legal status and its own governance Board.
Click here to read the 2019 Year-End Message from President and CEO Anthony DiCaita.
Enriching lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.
Inspiring people to explore the Italian in all of us.
Compassion, Integrity, Transparency, Collaboration, Excellence, Respect and Diversity
Stay Engaged with Villa Charities
Although our on-site programming and facilities are temporarily closed, we want everyone in the Villa Charities community to feel supported, connected and engaged, as we stay home and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We will be sharing a variety of online and digital content so you can continue experiencing Italian culture and heritage while enjoying our programs and services from home!
Villa Charities 2019 Year-End Video
Villa Charities Campus Map
At the Columbus Centre, we are revitalizing our facility as we renovate to get more out of our existing space and enhance the facilities hosting our programs and services. The improvements reflect Villa Charities’ commitment to ensuring a sustainable and vibrant future, and to improving the experience for all patrons, visitors, staff and tenants.
Some departments and services have been relocated as part of the renovations. See the Villa Charities campus map below for all new department locations.
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