Amnesty International Neighbourhood Groups

Do you have a couple of hours to spare? Do you want to meet other like-minded people working in common purpose? Join thousands of activists in local communities across Canada who are working together to find ways to make human rights a reality for all.

There are about 100 Amnesty Groups and Action Circles spread out in communities across Canada. Each group is different. They range in size from only a few members to up to 30-50 members.

Amnesty groups engage in many types of human rights campaigns and activities. They raise awareness about human rights issues in their communities by talking to the local media, lobbying their local politicians and government officials, and organizing educational events with guest speakers, videos, and webcasting. Group members write letters, hold vigils, organize demonstrations and other public events, and work on specific long-standing appeal cases of individuals whose human rights are at risk.

Community Group: A well-established gathering of local Amnesty activists who come together regularly (at least once a month) to work on human rights issues. A Community Group usually has a defined operating structure, led by elected or selected group leaders. Each year, the group develops an annual work plan of activities. 

Action Circle: A flexible, loose arrangement of activists working together on specific events or projects. Action Circles were set up to enable busy activists to contribute to human rights on a short-term basis. Some Action Circles take on year-round projects, while others are formed around special projects. The Action Circle could go into hiatus or disband when their projects are completed.

Here are the community groups you can join in the GTA :

Greater Toronto Area Groups & Specialized Teams Pamphlet

(Adobe Acrobat PDF file)

Groups in Metropolitan Toronto

Group 18  (Bloor & Bedford)


Quaker Meeting House

60 Lowther Avenue

7:00 PM

2nd Monday of each month, 3rd Monday in October

Please note there are no meetings in August and December

ACTION: Colombia, Mexico and AI Canada priority campaigns

Human Rights for Iran Action Circle A112

AI Toronto office

1992 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor

Please email the group to find out details about their current

initiatives and campaigns, as well as the day and time of

face-to-face meetings (please note there are no meetings in August and December)

Contact Iran Action Circle

LGBTI at Amnesty International

If you are interested in becoming involved in Amnesty's work on LGBTI rights please contact LGBTI at Amnesty_International




Group 50

(French Speaking)

AI Toronto office, 

1992 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor

Chantal Smieliauskas  


web: Group 50

2nd Tuesday of each month

6:30 PM

Please note there are no meetings in August and December

ACTION: South-East Asia, Morocco, Africa's Great Lakes Region, Colombia, Human Rights Friendly Schools, Turkey and Post-soviet Region


Group 55  (Etobicoke)

Royal York Road United Church 

851 Royal York Road

Mary Hall

Last Monday of each month

7:30 PM

ACTION: West Africa Region

Group 63  (Bloor & Spadina)

Bloor Street United Church 

300 Bloor Street West

(at Huron Street)

Dawn Michael  


1st Thursday of December, February, April and June

7:30 PM

ACTION: AI current campaigns and issues

Group 65 (Yonge and Lawrence)

Fairlawn United Church 

28 Fairlawn Avenue

Barbara Godden  



1st Tuesday of each month

7:00 PM

ACTION: AI current campaigns and issues

Group 98  (Yonge & Finch)

Cummer Avenue United Church

53 Cummer Avenue  


2nd Friday of each month

7:30 PM

ACTION: Death Penalty, other AI current campaigns and issues


Group 123  (The Beaches, Toronto East)

St. John's of Norway Anglican Church, 470 Woodbine Ave

(Woodbine at Kingston Rd.),  at 7pm

ACTION: General AI Campaigns and Issues

The next group meeetings are planned for February 14th, April 11th and June 13th

(please note there are no meetings in November, December 2016 or in January, March, May 2017). 

To find out more details and June's mtg location please contact the group coordinator

via phone: 905 837 2659 or at the email below:

Click Here to Email


Group 142  (St. Clair & Avenue Rd.)

First Unitarian Congregation

175 St. Clair Avenue West

Ted Wood  


3rd Wednesday of each month

7:00 PM

ACTION: Indigenous Rights, other AI current campaigns and issues

Group 164  (Danforth-Riverdale)

St. Barnabas Anglican Church

361 Danforth Ave. (at Chester, south side of Danforth).

Click Here to Email  


1st Tuesday of each month (February-June, September-December)

7:00 PM

ACTION: Turkey Regional Action Network, Campaign Against the Death Penalty, China, Colombia

St. James' Cathedral Action Circle  A98

The Cathedral Church of St. James

65 Church St.


web: St. James' Cathedral Action Circle

Please note that there is no requirement to attend worship or be a member of the Cathedral in order to attend the meetings. All are welcome!


 Redeemer Amnesty Action Circle

Church of Redeemer Parish Hall

162 Bloor Street West

10:15am – 11:45am (second Sunday of each month except August and December)

Glebe Road United Action Circle A132

Groups Outside Toronto

Group 21 (Burlington)

St. Christopher's Anglican Church

662 Guelph Line

Burlington, Ontario

Wilf Ruland  


3rd Monday of each month

7:30 PM

ACTION: Colombia, SEAMRAN (Southeast Asia and Myanmar Regional Action Network)

Group 75 (Oakville)

Churchill Place

345 Church

(corner of Church and Allan)

Oakville, Ontario

Wendy Belcher



(1st Tuesday of every month except July, August, December)

7:30 PM


Group 90  (Ajax / Pickering)

To find out more about the group please contact

AI Brampton Action Circle A85

The group meets every 1st Thursday of the month.

For venue details and other information please contact:


AI Action Circle A65 (Newmarket/Aurora)

Trinity Anglican Church

79 Victoria St.

Aurora, Ontario

Renee Leblanc


3rd Thursday of each month except June, July, August and December.

7:30 PM

Group 1  (Hamilton)

Binkley United Church
1570 Main St West, Hamilton

First Monday of each month except July and August