L’Arche Comox Valley is a community of people  with and without developmental disabilities  sharing their lives together. In L’Arche  we live, work, pray and learn from one another. We are invited to share fully in community life, to live a life that’s unique and help each other to discover one’s hidden gifts.

L’Arche Comox Valley has a home  Jubilee House, in Courtenay, British Columbia, a supported independent living program, for people living on their own and an Outreach and Creative Art Centre where people come to participate in different activites such as beading, painting, and candle making.

L’Arche is an international organization founded 50 years ago in France. L’Arche began in Canada in 1969, and local educational leader Lock Mawhinney and a group of dedicated volunteers created L’Arche Comox Valley in 2000. There are now 29 L’Arche communities spread across Canada from Vancouver Island to Cape Breton.



L’Arche Comox Valley is growing.
On April 4, 2014 we officially launched the I Belong! Campaign to build a new multi-purpose facility that will include Residences  and a larger Outreach and Creative  Art Centre.



L’Arche – an International Federation



map canadaL’Arche was created 50 years ago, and the Federation includes 145 communities in 40 countries on all five continents. There are 29 communities across  Canada and one right here on Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley.


 JEAN VANIER, a social visonary

Jean Vanier

Canadian humanitarian and social visionary, Jean Vanier, founded L’Arche in 1964 in a small rural village in France. Distressed by the institutionalization and the isolation and loneliness of people with intellectual disabilities, Jean Vanier invited two men from an institution to live with him in a small house. He called the house ”L’Arche,” a French word for ”the ark”. L’Arche grew quickly and spread around the world, attracting many young people who wanted to help and opening new homes and workshops. 50 Years later, L’Arche is now an International Federation of 145 L’Arche communities in over 40 countries around the world.


The essence of our communities is this ‘living with.’ We are called, certainly, to serve with all our ability and to help those who are weaker to develop, but the foundation of this helping is found in friendship and the communion of hearts, which allows us all to grow.
Jean Vanier, L’Arche founder 


L'Arche News

Art of Belonging 2017
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L’Arche is an international organization founded by Jean Vanier, with a thriving community in the Comox Valley.  One of the foundational principals of L’Arche is that all of us, regardless of our disabilities,... Read More

Sharing Side by Side 2017
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L’Arche Comox Valley is pleased to announce the launch of “Sharing Side by Side 2017”.  Bringing together seniors – with and without developmental disabilities – they will share memories that capture joys, achievements... Read More