The Mission

The Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario cares for seafarers who arrive in the ports of Hamilton, Toronto and Oshawa, Ontario.

Southern Ontario is an important shipping hub and hundreds of ships visit our ports annually. In 2013, the Missions to Seafarers of Toronto, Hamilton and Oshawa joined together to better serve the needs of hundreds of seafarers working in the Great Lakes.

We are grateful to the seafaring community who deliver to our doors 90% of the goods of the world; from the spoon full of sugar that makes the medicine go down … to the cars we drive to work. Those who work the freighters face danger, isolation, loneliness and often many months far away from home.

We serve as their home away from home providing a safe and welcoming space that offers friendship, spiritual support, a hot meal and a cold drink, a place to call family and friends, connect through internet access, unwind with a movie or shoot a game of pool. We help people connect to medical services, deal with unfair working conditions, unburden to a sympathetic ear or enjoy the limited time they have on leave.

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Mission Centres

Port of Toronto

Our Mission Centre is located at Pier 51, 8 Unwin Avenue, Toronto.

Port of Hamilton

Our Mission Centre is located at 651 Burlington Street, Hamilton.

Also Serving

We also visit ships in the Port of Oshawa and seafarers in need in the Welland Canal and in ports in Lake Erie.

  • Life on the Rough Seas

    Deacon Derek Skelton, one of our Oshawa chaplains, and a former Merchant Marine sent along this power point with photos of a storm-tossed cargo ship.     JobInOceanFreight.pps   Read More...

  • Generous support from the Hamilton Port Authority

    A very warm and special thanks goes out to the Hamilton Port Authority for their generous support of Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario.  The Hamilton Port Authority has donated $10,000 to the Mission to Seafarers, Southern Ontario.       Read More...

  • Sponsor Appreciation Day

    In honour of International Seafarers Day, please join the Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario for a Donor & Sponsor Appreciation Lunch.  See the poster below for details.        Read More...

  • Board of Directors Charts Course for Early 2015

    1/27 - Toronto, ON. The board of directors of the recently amalgamated Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario spent this past Saturday charting is course for leadership of the mission's work. In preparation for developing a  new strategic plan for the organization in 2015, the board will be revisiting key issues over the next few months, including governance structure and board membership.      Read More...

  • Discovering the Mission to Seafarers Where You Least Expect It

    1/19 - Hamilton, ON.  Tim Huxley is a director of the Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario. He shares the following story. In December, 2014, while on a cruise out of Southampton, UK, our ship, the Cunard Line "Queen Victoria", stopped in Gibraltar.   Read More...

  • Fall Haul Out Event

    Our Haul Out event at the Mimico Cruising Club was a great success. Thank you very much to all who came out to support this important work. Photos to come.   Read More...

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