Schools included in new Ontario report on ‘community hubs’

August 12, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Yesterday, the province of Ontario released a report the Community Hub Framework Advisory group lead by Karen Pitre New release. The following is reproduced from the news release.

“Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group has released a report to guide the creation of community hubs. The report, Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, is an important first step towards bringing services together and using spaces to better serve Ontarians. Community hubs are part of the Premier’s vision for making the province the best place to work, live and raise a family.

The Advisory Group’s action plan lays out eight overarching recommendations, which the province has accepted and will begin to implement, including:

  • Creating a provincial lead for community hubs
  • Fostering integrated service delivery
  • Developing a provincial strategy for public properties
  • Removing barriers and creating incentives
  • Supporting integrated and long-term local planning
  • Ensuring financial sustainability
  • Increasing local capacity
  • Evaluating and monitoring outcomes.

A community hub can be a school, neighbourhood centre or other public space that offers co-ordinated services such as education, health care and social services.”

Click here to read the report, and articles from the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.

In an environment where school boards like Toronto have schools that may be closed due to declining enrollment, a short term school strategy is proposed:

“To reduce barriers to the formation of community hubs as this work continues, we are recommending that an interim measure be put in place to ensure additional consideration of community and provincial interests when sale of school property is contemplated.

On an expedited basis, we recommend pursuing an interim amendment to O. Reg. 444/98 to extend the 90-day circulation period of surplus property to 180 days. Further, we recommend a limited exemption to the requirement that properties be sold at Fair Market Value (FMV)…”

Check it out!

Rowan

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