World Federation of Free Latvians

he World Federation of Free Latvians (PBLA) is the central umbrella organisation for overseas federations of Latvian organisations, representing these organisations at the highest level.

The constituent members of the PBLA are: the American Latvian Association, the South American and Caribbean Latvian Association, the European Latvian Association, the Russian Latvian Congress, the Latvian Federation of Australia and New Zealand, and the Latvian National Federation in Canada.

The main mission of the PBLA is to unite Latvians in continuing to strengthen Latvia’s independence and promote Latvia’s development in democratic, cultural and economic spheres; to promote active, organised, influential and vital Latvian communities overseas; and to promote the unity of Latvians worldwide.

The activities of the PBLA are financed by voluntary contributions from overseas Latvians to the Latvian Freedom Fund, and World Federation of Free Latvians subsidiary organisation funds.

An Educational Council, working under the auspices of the PBLA, was established in 1976 with the aim of promoting and coordinating Latvian education outside of Latvia. This is as part of the PBLA Cultural Fund, formed in 1972, with the aim of supporting the preservation and development of Latvian culture, including Latvian educational activities, in overseas Latvian communities.

The PBLA central office is in the U.S.A., but since 1991, representation operates in Riga.

PBLA website (in Latvian)

American Latvian Association

The American Latvian Association (ALA) is the main representative organization for the Latvian American community. Through 163 member organizations, churches, clubs and some 6,000 individual members we represent over 100,000 people of Latvian descent living in the United States. We are a non-profit, tax exempt educational and cultural organization registered as a private and voluntary organization with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

ALA supports cultural activities and facilitates cooperation within the Latvian American community. We promote the study of Latvian language, history and culture. We ensure the availability of Latvian schools, books and teaching materials for our children. We assist newly arrived immigrants with information about the USA and we provide humanitarian aid to people in Latvia.

ALA seeks to facilitate the peaceful and democratic development of Latvia by promoting understanding and support for Latvia through informational efforts in the USA.

ALA website.

Canandian Ethno-Cultural Council

Founded in 1980, the Canadian Ethnocultural Council (CEC) is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of national ethnocultural umbrella organizations which, in turn, represent a cross-section of ethnocultural groups across Canada.The CEC's objectives are to ensure the preservation, enhancement and sharing of the cultural heritage of Canadians, the removal of barriers that prevent some Canadians from participating fully and equally in society, the elimination of racism and the preservation of a united Canada.

CEC website.


LNJAK represents the Latvian youth in Canada.  We operate mainly in Latvian, but will offer information on in both Latvian and English. LNJAK is a non-profit organization that unites young Latvians living in Canada, by holding events and acting as contact point. We have a scholarship fund, a newsletter and a yearbook. We work closely with other Latvian organizations around Canada, linking the generations and geographical space between us.

LNJAK contacts


Facebook: LNJAK

Twitter: @lnjak



Central and Eastern European Council in Canada

The Central and Eastern European Council in Canada represents the interests over 4 million Canadians of Central and Eastern European heritage. CEE community congresses, federations and councils are members in the CEEC and includes The Albanian Community in Canada, Czech and Slovak Association, Estonian Central Council, Hungary Congress 
Latvian National Federation in Canada, Lithuanian-Canadian Community, Canadian Polish Congress and The Ukrainian Canadian Congress

Latvia Relief and Development Fund

The Latvia Relief and Development  Fund (LRDF) is a registered Canadian charity that provides Canadians the opportunity to support numerous projects in Latvia.  

The LRDF and its agents;

  1. Carry out programs to relieve poverty in Latvia and provide humanitarian aid.
  2. Carry out programs to support the elderly and handicapped.
  3. Carry out educational programs, especially for young people.

Since 1990, the LRDF has funded fifteen projects.  In the last six years the LRDF has supported projects in Latvia with close to $800,000 (Can).  Of these fifteen projects, four are still active and in need of support:

  1. ”Pasaka” summer camp for orphans
  2. University scholarships through “Vītola Fonds”
  3. Museum of Occupation
  4. Aid for victims in the recent “Zolitūde” tragedy – with the Latvian National Federation in Canada (this fund until February, 2014)

These projects need your support!

Cheques can be made out to “Latvia Relief and Development Fund”. If you are contributing to a specific project, include the name in the "note" portion of your cheque. Individual donors will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

Address: “LRDF”,  4 Credit Union Drive, Ontario, M4A 2N8. Canada

LRDF Board

  • Chair: Dr.Jānis Lūsis
  • Vice-chair: Mārtiņš Štauvers
  • Vice-chair: Andris Kesteris
  • Treasurer: Māris Pauderis
  • Director, Membership & Secretary: Roberts Klaiše
  • Director: Arnis Markitants
  • Director: Auseklis Zaķis

Audit Committee

  • Daina Brauna
  • Vilis Miklašēvics
  • Sibilla Korule
4 Credit Union Drive Toronto, Ontario M4A 2N8
tel.: 416-755-2353