Community Use of Schools
Ontario’s schools are community hubs where all people can gather to learn and participate in a range of activities offered by community organizations. In an effort to create affordable access to community facilities, the Ministry of Education has developed the Community Use of Schools grant which allows the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board to provide subsidized rental rates for not-for-profit groups to use school facilities outside of regular school hours.
School Activities Take Priority
School day activities, extra-curricular activities and parent involvement activities organized or administered by the school or school board have priority use of school space during and after regular school hours.
Schools as Hubs of Communities
Schools are the hubs of their communities and offer an effective use of taxpayers’ investment in providing citizens with a place to come together, volunteer, build skills, access community programs, become physically active and build strong and healthy communities.
Support for a Positive Climate for Youth
The Community Use of Schools program supports and promotes healthy, active lifestyles for community youth.
Fair and Equal Access
Schools are welcoming and inclusive and offer parent groups, community organizations and other citizens fair access to use of school space at affordable rates for community purposes during non-school hours.
Respect for Roles and Responsibilities
Community Use of Schools program stakeholder partners respect each other’s roles, responsibilities and obligations to the community and education system. The Ministry of Education has stated that District School Boards, where feasible, should ensure that after- hours user fees for school facilities in their district are affordable for Not-For-Profit community users. All users must be familiar with the Board’s Concussion Policy and Adminstrative Procedure.