Important Message From The Japan Foundation, Toronto

An important message from The Japan Foundation, Toronto regarding the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

October 1, 2020 

The health, safety and well-being of our patrons, students, staff and volunteers are very important to us.

We are carefully monitoring the changing situation closely, and we will follow the advice and announcements of public health agencies.

Considering the current changing circumstances, with everyone’s safety in mind, The Japan Foundation, Toronto has decided to temporarily close our centre to the public. All of the online programs will continue as announced.

JFT Closed Until Further Notice

The Japan Foundation, Toronto library and gallery will be closed from Tuesday October 13, 2020, until further notice. During this time, all of our online programming will continue, but in-person programming will be suspended. We will monitor the situation continuously and let you know when we are able to re-open to the public. Updates will be provided in a timely manner on our official website and through social media.

General Operations

The Japan Foundation, Toronto will continue working to improve mutual understanding between Canada and Japan during this difficult time. However, most of our staff will be working from home and this may affect the capacity of work we are able to take on. We would like to ask for your patience and understanding.

During this time, we recommend contacting our staff via e-mail, rather than telephone, until instructed otherwise. General inquiries for The Japan Foundation, Toronto can be sent to

Film Screenings

Online film screenings will continue.


The gallery exhibition NINGYO: The Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls will be closed from Tuesday October 13, 2020 until further notice.


The library will be closed from Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Library items may be returned in-person until Friday, October 9, 2020. If you are unable to visit the library before this date, please hold onto your items on loan. Once we are open, you will have 3 weeks to return the items. There is no drop-box available during closure. Any overdue fines incurred during this time will not be charged.

The JFT Library Book Clubs will continue to take place online. For more information, please visit

Japanese Language

Japanese language courses and Japanese language teachers’ professional development are currently being conducted online so will not be affected by the closure.


Upcoming lectures will continue to be held online. Recordings of recent lectures can be found on our YouTube channel:



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Important links about COVID-19:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Toronto Public Health

World Health Organization

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding in these extraordinary times.


The Japan Foundation, Toronto