Mission, Vision and Values
Established in 2014, the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) is Toronto’s first hub for the health and well-being of boys, men, fathers and families. The Centre is an open, inclusive and safe space, providing therapy and counselling, peer support, a legal clinic, fathering programs, mentorship and support services for male victims of trauma and violence. We provide services, research, advocacy, outreach and public education on all aspects of men’s issues.
No one’s invincible. It’s time he has a place for him and the people in his life.
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families will catalyze a fundamental change in society’s attitude towards boys and men. We will confront that which impedes men from getting help and work with the community to respond to unmet needs. We will create a better future for our sons and daughters through mutual understanding, compassion and support.
The CCMF is an unprecedented venue, distinguishing itself in critical ways:
1. The CCMF will balance the immediate provision of social services to those most in need with the long-term public education, awareness and consciousness-raising that is vital to creating wider social change. This approach is related to the CCMF goal to provide for the needs of the community while fostering long-term empowerment over cycles of dependency.
2. The CCMF will be dedicated to the issues of boys and men on their own terms, and to bettering the health and well-being of men and boys. There will be no ideological, political or religious approach or commitment, nor will the focus on men and boys be used merely as a mechanism to support or advance other groups.
3. The CCMF will focus on the entire breadth of boys’ and men’s issues, including:
■ The “Boys’ Crisis” (education, bullying, suicide) – Creating a new sense of purpose for our sons, while preserving an equally purposeful environment for our daughters
■ Empowering boys and men with conflict resolution and communication skills that reduce violence in our communities and benefit all members of society
■ Educational and other resources to improve the mental and physical health of boys, men, and all those in their life
■ Workplace Issues (e.g. workplace safety and equality)
■ Family Law, Fathers Issues and working toward the best interest of all children
■ Crime and Punishment/Legal Issues focused on creating a fair system for all
■ Media, Social and Cultural Misandry
■ Academic Misandry (e.g. in Gender Studies and Culture Studies programs)
4. The CCMF will take a comprehensive approach to boys’ and men’s issues by engaging in a wide variety of actions and activities all with a Canadian outlook and focus, including:
■ large public educational events and conferences
■ evidence-based research, policy writing, and engagement with the press
■ multimedia, such as blogs, social media, and the broadcast of podcasts and videos
■ social service provision
■ campus outreach to a growing network of university student groups
■ reference and lending library, including a clearinghouse of information and publications
■ political action: meetings with politicians, protests, rallies
We value equality, tolerance, respect, dignity and acceptance.
We value all fundamental freedoms, including freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom of association and freedom of the press. We believe in the importance of discussing different perspectives and we oppose censorship of controversial or politically incorrect ideas.
We value peaceful and non-violent approaches to settling differences.
We value the human rights of each and every individual. We believe the advancement of human rights is not a zero sum game where some will win only if others lose. We believe every human wins when any individual succeeds in advancing their human rights.
We value people above ideas; we strive to ensure beneficial outcomes for our clients, personnel and our community.
We value education; as an educational charity, we are committed to the highest standards of education and strive to continually improve educational content and experience.
We value public policy that flows from fact-led and evidence-based scientific research rather than political or ideological commitment or special interest agenda.
We value the wellness of people; we strive to improve the wellness of our personnel, our community and the public.
We value excellence; at all times, we undertake to continually improve our business based on feedback, input and participation of our community, personnel and the public.
We value transparency; at all times, we undertake to demonstrate transparency to our personnel, members and the public.
We are an open and diverse community of individuals that embraces individuals regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, age, martial status or national origin.