L’Arche Canada

In L’Arche, people who have intellectual disabilities and those who come to assist share life and daytime activities together in family-like settings that are integrated into local neighbourhoods. L’Arche in Canada has nearly 200 homes and workshops or day programs. These are grouped into what L’Arche calls ”communities.” Each L’Arche community consists of a small number of households where people share in decision-making and each person contributes as they are able.
There are 29 communities and 2 projects of L’Arche located across Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island.
L’Arche Canada is the ”umbrella”organization for L’Arche in Canada. It is committed to helping create an open, inclusive and compassionate Canadian society where every person is valued and can make a contribution.


L’Arche International Federation

Founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, L`Arche is an international movement of over 150 communities and 20 projects in 38 countries worldwide, where people with and without intellectual disabilities live, work and learn together.
L’Arche is a unique vision of care giving and community building that fosters inclusion, understanding and belonging.  In communities of diverse cultures, religions and backgrounds, deeply committed mutual relationships are shared with people with developmental disabilities.

Can we reasonably have a dream of a world where people whatever their race, religion, culture, abilities, or disabilities, whatever their education or economic situation, whatever their age or gender, can find a place and reveal their gifts?” ~ Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche