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Ontario Launches New Program to Support Community Hub Development

Ontario Launches New Program to Support Community Hub Development


Ontario has launched a new program that will make it easier for community partners to offer health, social, cultural, recreational and other services for local residents in one spot.

Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, and Karen Pitre, Special Advisor on Community Hubs, made the announcement today at St. James Town Community Corner in Toronto.

Through this program, the province will help hold properties, such as schools, hospitals or provincial buildings that are no longer in use or have been deemed surplus, for up to 18 months. This will give municipalities, organizations and Indigenous communities crucially needed time to find partners, complete a business plan and secure the right funding to redevelop the property into a community hub.

Community partners can apply for this program online starting July 4, 2017 until October 16, 2017.

Supporting vibrant and strong communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Community hubs help people in their everyday lives by offering multiple services, often in a highly integrated, client-centred way and under one roof.
  • The Ontario government is committed to implementing all recommendations from the Premier’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group on Community Hubs.
  • Visit for resources on community hub development, and sign up to become a member.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to