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ODF was established in 2001 with the purpose of supporting charitable objectives through long-term, sustainable sources of funding. Overall, the Foundation strives to enable Deaf people to participate as positive, contributing members of society in Canada and abroad.


ODF’s charitable focus is based on two operating principles: 1) It is organized around the funds model in which the funds generate the investment income in order to fulfill their charitable objectives; and 2) Giving financial support directly to recognized charities is preferred to hands-on involvement in charitable activities. The funds are outlined as follows:

ASL Resources and Research Fund

This Fund promotes research in Canadian ASL-English bilingual-bicultural education involving Deaf children, as well as the development of bilingual-bicultural products. Currently, the Foundation is seeking a suitable board candidate with the appropriate qualifications to oversee the annual research grant competition.

Celebrating Deaf Culture Fund

To promote a better appreciation of cultural works of art, this Fund is the source of the annual calendar art royalties. In the future and within its financial means, it will support cultural art initiatives by the local Deaf community in the Region of Waterloo.

Deaf Hamilton Community Fund

This Fund supports charitable, cultural, and educational events in the Deaf community in the Greater Hamilton Area. For the first time, it sponsored events held during the 2019 International Week of the Deaf in Hamilton, ON.

Future-building Fund

The long-term goal of this endowment fund is to provide annual funds to the Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD), its beneficiary, to operate its charitable activities from an office setting. The expectation is that this goal will be reached in the next few years.

ODF Community-building Fund

Established in 2021, the goal of this Fund is to support projects that have a lasting, strategic benefit to the well-being of the Deaf community in Ontario, in accordance with the Foundation’s charitable objects. When the Fund achieves its annual investment revenue target, it will be able to provide project funding for undertakings such as the publication of the High School Deaf & Hard of Hearing Graduate Information Kit.


The High School Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Information Kit is published by Silent Voice Canada with financial support from ODF. It is designed to provide information and resources to Deaf and hard of hearing high school graduates. Please refer to the link for further information.

The Deaf Ontario Community Calendar, published by ODF, showcases the best artistic entries by Deaf Canadians submitted to the annual calendar art contests. Charitable organizations and other groups sell this calendar for fundraising purposes.