City Dads Group has gone international, opening its first chapter beyond the U.S. borders in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto Dads Group is being led by Amar Lohana, a stay-at-home dad to two young children and a filmmaker. His involvement in starting the group is a story many City Dads members know very well.
“I left my Wall Street career in New York to move to Toronto and be a stay-at-home father. It was a big change and I didn’t know anyone in Toronto. I was alone with the kids in a new city,” he said. “While I found moms to groups to be tolerant of my presence, I didn’t seem to be able to make deep connections the way moms made with each other. I couldn’t find an active dads Meetup in the city so I started one. I knew there had to be other dads like me.”
Lohana was right. The Toronto Dads Group already has more than 300 members.
Toronto is a perfect choice for City Dads Group’s first chapter outside of the United States. The predominantly English-speaking capital of the Canadian province of Ontario is both that country’s most populous city (with more than 2.7 million residents) and one of the fastest growing cities in North America, according to a 2019 study by Ryerson University in Canada. Toronto, which lies less than 100 miles north of Buffalo, N.Y., across Lake Ontario, is renown for being among one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan world cities.
Toronto Dads Group on social media
About City Dads Group
City Dads Group is a dynamic and diverse community of fathers redefining, by example, what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. Our national support network is based in and around major metropolitan cities in North America. These include Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City.
Founded in November 2008 in New York City as a way a handful of fathers could arrange playdates and outings with their children, the organization went national as City Dads Group in 2014.