The Onatario government is to release a new report highlighting progress made over the past year on establishing and strengthening community hubs across the province.
The report — prepared by the province’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group — describes advances Ontario is making to support and enable the establishment and ongoing success of local community hubs in order to better serve Ontarians and their communities.
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, said:”I am very encouraged by the significant progress made to date, and excited to further develop community hubs initiatives in my new role as the Minister of Infrastructure. I am confident that we will use this unique opportunity make better use of public properties, encourage the creation of multi-use spaces, and help communities establish financially sustainable hub models.”
- Increasing the number of potential partners that can buy or lease surplus school property for community use before it gets circulated on the open market
- Investing nearly $90 million to create spaces in schools for community use and expand child care and child and family support services
- Simplifying the funding application process and expanding eligibility to support integration of multiple health and social services under one roof
- Continuing work to develop a resource network to help service providers connect with each other and tap into the wealth of knowledge in the sector
- Launching a common registration portal this fall to reduce administrative burdens for transfer payment recipients.
Community hubs provide the public with one central point of access for a range of services, such as health, social or education services, along with cultural and recreational spaces to nourish community life.
In 2015, the government committed to implementing all 27 recommendations from Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, a report prepared by the Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group. The recommendations support coordinated planning, client-focused service delivery and maximizing the use of public properties for community benefits.
Karen Pitre will continue to serve as the Premier’s Special Advisor on Community Hubs through 2016-17 to guide the implementation of community hubs initiatives.
During its 2015 engagement process, the Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group identified close to 60 community hubs that are already established or in the planning stages in rural, suburban and urban neighbourhoods across Ontario. Communities are invited to share their local stories and examples at ontario.ca/communityhubs.
Ontario hosted a series of forums about how the government and its local partners can better support the integrated and long-term planning of community-based services. CINEWS