BBNC Projects

Here are some of the projects BBNC has worked on, either solely or in partnership with other community agencies, for the purpose of improving community involvement.  Click on any of the projects in the list below to jump directly to that project.

Scarborough Cycles

Scarborough Cycles is a collaborative project led by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and supported by CultureLink Settlement and Community Services, the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, and Cycle Toronto.

In June 2016, Scarborough Cycles will establish two Bike Hubs in Scarborough.  One hub will be located at Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, a vital community meeting place that for over 25 years has offered a range of all-ages programming to Scarborough residents.  Another hub will be at AccessPoint on Danforth, part of Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, which has been helping Toronto's diverse communities achieve health with dignity for the past 25 years.

Both Bike Hubs will offer access to bicycles, tools, repair clinics, and provide civic engagement opportunities for residents.

The project goals are:

  1. Create and disseminate new knowledge about cycling in the suburbs.
  2. Build capacity among local agencies and individuals to support cycling.
  3. Address barriers to cycling.
  4. Engage with residents and stakeholders about the benefits of improved cycling infrastructure.

Learn how to fix and maintain your bike with the help of our friendly staff and volunteers.
Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm
Fridays from 2pm to 5pm
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
93 Birchmount Rd.

We are in the north parking lot of the Birchmount Community Centre.

To learn more about Scarborough Cycles please contact:

Marvin Macaraig, Ph.D., Scarborough Cycles Project Coordinator
Toronto Centre for Active Transportation
75 Elizabeth St., Toronto ON  M5G 1P4
Phone: 416-392-0260
Email: Website:
Twitter: @ScarbCycles

Scarborough Cycles Poster, click to enlarge

Bridges 2 Health Project

Bridges 2 Health (B2H) is a year-long health promotion project of BBNC, offered in partnership with Scarborough area service partners.  Using a community development approach, B2H offers culturally responsive wellness programs that address identified health disparities faced by many newcomer and ethno-specific communities in Scarborough.

B2H offers a gentle movement and stress reduction program, healthy cooking classes, health promotion workshops, and access to BBNC's accessible fitness classes.  Participants are supported to develop holistic health strategies using a self-management approach.  B2H is provided through the generous funding of the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.

Click one of the links below to see the flyer for the B2H program you're interested in.
Click here to see the flyer for our Healthy Cooking Workshop.
Click here to see the flyer for our Healthy Aging Peer-Support Program - Yes! (HAPPY) program.
Click here to see the flyer for our Chronic Pain Series.

Expanding The Reach:
Empowering Women With Disabilities

Are you a woman with a disability looking to expand leadership skills?

Want access to free workshops on healthy relationships and empowerment?

Interested in making a difference in your community?



  • Create opportunities for women with disabilities to gain leadership skills through educational workshops and a leadership development program
  • Increase the ability of women with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the Centre, by improving its accessibility
  • Support women with disabilities in Scarborough to have a positive impact on the well-being of their community
  • Learn with community members what it means to be truly 'accessible' to women living with disabilities

This project is offered by Scarborough Women's Centre, in partnership with Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, Springtide Resources and East Scarborough Storefront.

Attendant Care services and light refreshments will be provided at all ETR sessions. TTC tokens are available upon request.

If you would like to become involved or want more information, contact Melissa Simas at or 416-439-7111 ext. 3.

Springtide Resources logo Scarborough Women's Centre logo East Scarborough Storefront logo

Fresh Eyes Youth Leadership Project

Fresh Eyes is a youth-led, anti oppression project offered by the BBNC Youth Drop In centre.  During this project, run from 2010 to 2011, over 32 youth of different backgrounds and abilities increased learning of anti-oppression principles through sessions facilitated by Harmony Movement.  Through workshops, group work, drama and video production, most participating youth unpacked many factors influencing oppression, such as popular media, power and privilege.  Youth applied this learning to their lived experience of such oppressions as racism, sexism and ableism.  Among other outcomes, youth set new norms for an oppression-free youth space, took away good tools for doing peer-based advocacy on the issue, and partnered in creating an educational video titled "Fresh Eyes".

"Fresh Eyes" was generously funded by the City of Toronto's Access, Equity & Human Rights grant, with support from the United Way and the Youth Challenge fund.  It was offered in collaboration with Harmony Movement.

Click here to check out the "Fresh Eyes" video.  You can also click here to read the transcription and description for this video.

Safe Engaged Environments, Disability (SEED) Project & Final Report

BBNC is pleased to post the Final Report of the Safe Engaged Environments, Disability (SEED) Project, a 3-year community-based action research project which finished on July 28th 2011.  BBNC was one of several active partners that developed the project.  They included the lead partner, the Centre for Independent Living, Toronto (CILT), cross-disability organizations, people with disabilities in the City of Toronto and/or tenants with disabilities in Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC).

The Project was developed and carried out by persons with disabilities for persons with disabilities.

The SEED Project produced a final report called "A Safer City For All", which summarizes the safety themes that emerged out of 33 SEED focus groups with 304 people with disabilities in the City of Toronto and/or tenants with disabilities in TCHC.

The SEED Project was funded by the City of Toronto’s Community Safety Investment Program and TCHC’s Social Investment Fund.

Click here for a copy of the SEED Final Report and more information.
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