Who We Are

Founded in 1963, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is a not-for-profit organization which celebrates the unique culture, history, and legacy of Japanese Canadians for the benefit of all Canadians. The JCCC is recognized worldwide as an important and vibrant community institution.

At the JCCC, we:

  • serve 5,200 members, almost half of which are of non-Japanese ancestry.
  • attract over 210,000 visitors to its festivals, concerts, martial arts tournaments and special events annually.
  • welcome more than 15,000 students from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond visit the JCCC each year to participate in seminars on Japanese history, culture, and the Japanese Canadian experience.

Registered charity # 118972967RR0001


Vision Statement

The JCCC Vision is to enrich lives globally through the celebration of Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian heritage. This means:

  • becoming a compelling destination for "guests" both in person and virtually.
  • educating all generations and communities about the Japanese Canadian experience and the lessons learned.
  • sharing traditional and contemporary Japanese experiences of all types (food, film, sports etc.).


Mission Statement

Our Mission is to promote understanding, inclusion, and friendship by sharing the Japanese Canadian experience and traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. 

  • Widen the lens on the Nikkei Diaspora and connect with it in new, meaningful and interesting ways
  • Pursue broad community partnerships
  • Enable all people and all generations to participate and learn


Friendship through Culture

In executing our mission, we take pride in our heritage, creating a lasting tribute to the unique history and contributions of past generations; we bridge generations as the means for the continuing evolution of our community and we demonstrate the importance of tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity for the benefit of all Canadians.