The Hellenic Community of Ottawa (HCO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1929 and is focused on preserving and promoting the Hellenic Culture, Language, History and Orthodox Faith in Canada.
The HCO has a membership of over 1,000 people and hosts the annual Ottawa GreekFest, one of the largest Greek festivals in North America, and the Gold Plate Dinner, one of Ottawa’s most successful fundraising events.
It is also a leader in the Ottawa community for supporting and raising the profile of many local charities including the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Who We Are
Our mission is to support and grow the Greek community in Ottawa. By sharing in regular activities and special events, we ensure Greek culture stays a thriving part of Ottawa’s cultural mosaic. We enjoy sharing Hellenic culture with the entire Ottawa community because we want everyone of Greek heritage to be proud of who they are.
We provide access to cultural and spiritual activities of all kinds for adults and children alike. From a Greek language school to dance classes and more, we make it easier for kids to grow up knowing their culture. Our programs for adults and seniors make it easier to keep ties strong. Regardless of age, the Hellenic Community of Ottawa has something for everyone.
Here are just a few of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa’s most important pillars:
- Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church
- Ottawa Hellenic Athletic Association
- Ottawa GreekFest
- Hellenic Kaleidoscope on Rogers TV
Many of our activities are held at the Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre.
The following by-laws relate to the conduct and affairs of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa (HCO), Canada, governed by a Board of Directors elected directly by its Members:
Multi-year accessibility plan
Statement of Commitment
In 2005, the government of Ontario passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the “AODA”). The AODA requires that, effective January 1, 2014 the Hellenic Community of Ottawa (HCO) establish, implement , maintain and document a multi-year accessibility plan which outlines the organization’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers for persons with disabilities and to meet requirements under the AODA.
The multi-year plan outlines HCO’S strategy to prevent and remove barriers for persons with disabilities and to address the current and future requirements of the AODA in order that we may fulfill our commitment as outlined in the HCO Accessibility Policy.
The Accessibility Plan is available to the public and will be provided in an accessible format when requested. To request the Hellenic Community of Ottawa’s Accessibility Plan, please contact the HCO Director of Human Resources by email at: email@example.com or by phone at 613-225-8016 ext. 226