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St. Demetrius Development Corporation (SDDC) is a not-for profit charitable organization dedicated to serve the evolving needs of seniors. We operate a 152-bed long-term care home, i.e., the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre and a 259-unit independent living senior apartment building, i.e., St. Demetrius Senior Apartments. We also offer a wide range of community programs and services to seniors living in the community.

At the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre we take care of seniors with some of the most complex health conditions, which have deprived them of the ability to take care of themselves and they need specialized round-the-clock care and assistance with daily living. Our Michael and Sophia Witer Special Care Unit is home to seniors affected with various cognitive challenges, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our staff are highly committed and provide exceptional care. Their unhurried warmth and personal touch enriches residents’ daily experience. Our excellence in care has consistently earned us a three year accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), which is the maximum awarded. 

We have a growing number of programs and services for seniors living in the community. Our Weekly Social Recreational Program, held in person prior to the pandemic, has been transformed into a weekly virtual program, offering recreational activities, ranging from chair yoga, arts and crafts to armchair travel, book club and more. To help seniors access these great programs and feel comfortable using new technologies, we have developed a highly successful senior-friendly technology education program, comprised of group training and one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions. We have created a tablet lending system to hep low-income seniors learn digital skills and access our virtual. We also operate a Meals on Wheels program, through which we deliver freshly cooked ethnic food to East European seniors in the community.

For seniors who can live independently, our St. Demetrius Apartment Rental Building is the best place to be. With on-site recreational and socialization common areas seniors can maintain active lifestyles, socialize with each other and enjoy being part of a vibrant community of seniors. We operate 28 rent-geared-to-income units for low-income seniors.

We have a robust volunteer program, which engages seniors of different generations and young people in exciting volunteer opportunities, ranging from friendly visiting of seniors, providing recreational support to the residents in our nursing home to organizing community events, contributing to the management of our volunteer program and new projects and being lead facilitators of our virtual and in-person recreational activities for seniors living in the community.

Underpinning our care and services for seniors is a shared community vision of seniors’ care and respect for the unique lives of seniors.

SDDC was built on a solid foundation of community leadership, community involvement and community partnerships. It is the support and involvement of our community which is at the heart of all of our achievements and our identity as an organization serving the evolving needs of our community’s seniors.

With the continued support of our community, we are able to sustain the great care and services we provide to our seniors in need, as well as quickly adapt and adjust to introduce new service enhancements to sustain and further improve the quality of life of our seniors.

We look forward to meeting the evolving needs of our community’s seniors through dialogue and partnerships.

SDDC belongs to the community.

We thank the following for their support

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Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre

60 Richview Road, Toronto, ON M9A 5E4
Tel: (416) 243-7653  |  Fax: (416) 243-7452

St. Demetrius Apartments

123 La Rose Avenue, Toronto, ON M9P 3T3
Tel: (416) 243-9051  |  Fax: (416) 243-2012