About The Scott Mission
The Scott Mission was established in 1941 to serve people suffering from poverty and marginalization across the city of Toronto. Originally located at 724-726 Bay Street, we moved to our current location at 502 Spadina Avenue in 1948. From that location today, our Christian ministry of mercy and love operates a wide array of services and supports for the most vulnerable people in the city. These services and supports range from hot and nutritious meals for the hungry to shelter beds for the homeless to food and clothing supports for families with stretched budgets to physical, emotional, and spiritual supports.
In 2017, as our organization turned 75, we began to plan how to best serve the city over the next 25 years. The Scott Mission developed a multi-year strategic plan to articulate its vision of how best to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals in the city of Toronto, recognizing its history as one of the city’s most widely admired support service providers to this segment of society.
The Scott Mission has named the strategy A Journey of Transformation, which is a people-centred approach to enabling individuals to transition from homelessness and instability to a stable, secure position where they are able to realize their full potential. A key cornerstone of the strategic plan is a new expanded facility that will enable this vision to be realized. This plan encompasses not only new and expanded spaces for our existing services but also the addition of a proposed 109 affordable rental housing units to enable a mix of individuals and families in need of affordable housing to find permanent, secure and affordable accommodation. Residents would have access to a variety of programs at The Scott Mission that will encourage long-term stability and help prevent a return to homelessness.
Project Rendering – Source: Kasian Architects
The initial concept envisions the re-development of 502 Spadina into a community hub that would provide 109 affordable rental apartments and create nearly 40,000 sq. ft. of shelter, support and community engagement space for the residents and the surrounding community.
The Scott Mission will be able to ensure that those residing at 502 Spadina will be able to live and transform their lives without finding themselves dependent on services provided within the building. The goal of the Journey of Transformation is to empower individuals to change their lives and become more self- sufficient.
Project Details at a Glance
The project is a proposed 9-storey mixed use building consisting of:
- 109 Affordable Rental Housing Units
- Unit Mix:
- Studio: 99 units
- One Bedroom: 5 units
- Two Bedroom: 5 units
- Unit Mix:
- 85 Shelter Beds (Staffed 24/7)
- Wrap around services to include:
- Food Security Programs: A Community Kitchen, Community Garden, dining room and a Food Bank
- Clothing Bank
- Counselling and Spiritual Supports
- Life Skills Programs: Educational Group Training & Community Space
Proposed Project Plans
Click here to view our Development Application to the City.
Non-Profit Affordable Housing Owner
The Scott Mission acknowledges the contribution of CMHC Seed Funding to support this project.