Vegetarian & Vegan Groups and Meetups

The Toronto Vegetarian Association supports many social groups who get together at local veg-friendly restaurants, for potlucks or other outings. It’s a great way to meet like-minded individuals and get support! You may find more details about each group’s events on the events calendar.

IMG_9192Also see our Vegetarian Organizations page for more vegetarian and vegan groups outside the Toronto area, including organizations across Canada and around the world.

Start A Group

To start a group of your own, email or phone us at 416-544-9800. Please note: The TVA Groups do not represent or act on behalf of TVA, its Board of Directors, or Members.

Groups by Location

Groups by Interest

DurhamVeg Group

If you’re in the Durham region and would like to learn more about a vegetarian lifestyle, this group offers friendly, informal support and meets monthly (first non-holiday Wednesday of each month) at a local restaurant.  Other events are also scheduled from time to time.

For more details, visit the DurhamVeg website, or email

East End Vegetarians

This group is for vegetarians, vegans and the veg-curious living in the Beach, Upper Beach, and Leslieville area of Toronto, wanting to meet and network with likeminded people in the area. They meet at restaurants in the area and the group may plan for other outings/events in the future as well.

Email to get added to their mailing list and find out about their next event or click here to join their Facebook group.


Richmond Hill Vegans

This is a group for anyone who is already or is interested in veganism. Whether you are a lifelong vegan, recent convert or want to make the transition to veganism, all are welcome. It is a chance to meet other like-minded people who are also vegan in a non-vegan city, and we meet at vegan friendly restaurants around Richmond Hill. Visit for more info.


Scarborough Vegans

A group for vegans and vegetarians in the Scarborough area to create and plan events, such as dinners, brunches, potlucks, picnics, drinks, and others. This is also a place to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences with veganism and vegetarianism, as well as any current news and/or resources.

Click here to join the group on Facebook or contact for more info.

Vegetarians of High Park

Get to know other vegetarians or vegans living or working in the High Park/Bloor West Village/Junction area of Toronto. They want to help you meet and network with like-minded individuals in the neighbourhood.

The group meets for bi-monthly social dinners, which may be at local veg-friendly restaurants, or as potlucks when a suitable space in the neighbourhood can be found. In the future, they hope to put on some community events such as screenings or workshops as a form of community outreach.

To stay in the loop about their upcoming events, check out their website or email

Veggies of Halton and Peel

For all TVA members and friends in the regional municipalities of Halton and Peel. We are a social group, but group members can decide what amount of advocacy, education & outreach (if any) to also engage in. For more information please leave a message at the TVA office or email and join their Facebook group.

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington

An opportunity to extend the geographic reach of the TVA to the Hamilton area where we have not traditionally held meetups, providing a local community for members in the Western part of the Halton region that may have found some of the Peel meetups too far and/or may not have preferred to do highway driving. There are many local business in the Hamilton-Burlington area that have good vegan options, and we go out to support them! Email the group at to find out about upcoming events.

York Region Vegetarian Families

We are excited to start a forum for meeting of like-minded families living in York region, to provide York region families with similar interests and philosophies, an environment for playing, talking, meeting, eating, and socializing for children of any age with their parents and caregivers, to foster a healthy and happy attitude about vegetarianism/veganism, animals, the environment and health for children to grow up with.

Families will meet once a month at different venues throughout York Region. Families are encouraged to share ideas about meeting activities and places with us! Please contact Taunya at to get added to their mailing list, and for questions or comments.


Cardinal Rule Vegetarians of High ParkDinner/Social Group

Please join us for good vegetarian food and lively conversation at our upcoming social dinners (and brunches) on the 3rd or 4th Thursday (or Saturday) of each month. See the events pagefor full details of each event.

For more information or to RSVP, please leave a message at the TVA office or e-mail Taunya at

Plant-Based Health Professionals

The Plant-Based Health Professionals group is for professionals & students working within the healthcare field. This includes but is not limited to clinical staff, students, and administration staff from all specialties. They meet socially for monthly dinners, and based on group members’ availability, also host a journal club to talk about relevant research studies and/or books. Email to get on their mailing list and find out about their next event!

Queer Veggie Dinner Social Group

A once-per-month dinner social for Toronto’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) communities and their friends. The group events would be held in various restaurants around the city offering vegetarian meals or substantial vegetarian/vegan menu options. See the events page for full details of each event.

To receive updates on Queer Veggie dinners, email

Toronto Starch Solution

Are you coping with a chronic medical condition or interested in losing some weight?  Would you like to feel and look healthier?  This group meets on a monthly basis to share delicious food, ideas, recipes, support, and get to know one another as we improve our health and our lives following the guidelines in Dr John McDougall’s book, The Starch Solution.

From The Starch Solution: “A starch-rich diet can actually help you lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. You’ll feel satisfied, have increased energy, and look and feel your best.”

This low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based (WFPB) way of eating centres on healthy starches such as whole grains, beans, lentils, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, parsnips, pasta, and so on, with smaller proportions of green, yellow and orange (non-starchy) veggies and fruits, prepared and served without added fat and eaten with delicious fat free condiments and sauces, in quantities that are satisfying. Feeling hungry or deprived is discouraged. No starvation or sacrifice required!

Email for more info or to be added to their email list.


Toronto Veg Families

Get to know families who are also vegan, vegetarian or planning to make the big change in the Greater Toronto Area.
Email or find them on Facebook by searching for Toronto Veg Families.

Toronto Veg Brunch

This is a group for people who love great veg food, especially brunch! Together we’ll explore the best (veg) brunch spots Toronto has  to offer and make some new friends along the way. Brunches are scheduled between 11 and 3, and take place approximately once a month. So, if your into meeting cool new people in a relaxed setting please join us! Email to be added to their email list or join them on Facebook.


Toronto Veg Fitness

Toronto Veg Fitness is an athletics-oriented group for vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious folks who want to connect with other like-minded individuals. Whether your passion lies in bodybuilding, cross fit, powerlifting, running, cycling, or a mix of everything, we welcome interest in all athletic pursuits. If you are just starting out, join our group and learn how to begin working towards your fitness goals. If you are a seasoned pro, come share what you’ve learned through your past successes, and let’s not forget about those past failures. We all have the common ground of wanting to lead a more active life, explore our interest in fitness, and share our interest with others in the local plant-based community, so let’s get going! Find them on Facebook or email for more info to


booksTVA Reads

Love to devour good books and great food in fabulous like-minded company? If so, we’ve got a group for you. Come and join TVA Reads, our monthly Wednesday evening reading group.

“We read a wide variety of books, usually trying to choose something available in the public library system. The group is open to reading on a wide variety of issues (including animal welfare and rights but not exclusively) that are directly or indirectly connected with vegetarianism or animals. Examples of books read in the past include The Pig Who Sang to the Moon by Jeffrey Moussaief Mason, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, We Animals by Jo-Anne McArthur, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll and Veganomics: The surprising science on what motivates vegetarians by Nick Cooney.”

For more information or to join the group contact Shân at


Vegan Baking Group

Inviting all vegan hobby-bakers! The vegan baking group hosts potluck-style meetings giving people an opportunity to practice their vegan baking skills, exchange advice and ideas about vegan baking, and get feedback on vegan creations! Join their Facebook Group and email to be added to their email list and find out about upcoming potlucks.


IMG_7204Vegetarians In Their Twenties (VITT)

This group is for Torontonians in their twenties who are interested in vegetarianism and would like to go out and have fun! As well as going to vegetarian restaurants, we try to have a variety of events to appeal to everyone’s tastes. We encourage members to be active in the group, so if you would like there to be a specific type of event, feel free to suggest it or plan it yourself.

For more details and upcoming events search for the group on Facebook: VITT – Vegetarians in their Twenties  or email

Veggie Movie Group

Come to the picture show with us, and for a snack afterwards. When possible, we’ll see movies about animal rights, plant-based health, human relationships with animals and the environment. We go to other movies too! Email for info about upcoming events and to get on our mailing list!