Four community hubs across Ontario will receive funding through the Surplus Property Transition Initiative (SPTI), a new program that helps covers property holding costs such as ongoing operating and maintenance for up to 18 months.
The Surplus Property Transition Initiative was announced in May 2017 and started accepting applications in July 2017. This initiative is designed to provide more time for local communities to develop long-term business plans and find additional partners before transitioning properties into community hubs.
The projects include:
Biindigen Community Hub, St. Helen’s Elementary School in Hamilton: This proposed community hub will offer Indigenous and non-Indigenous services including: culturally safe health care, health promotion, traditional healing, recreation and wellness programming, before and after school care, licensed child care, and neighbourhood planning work.
Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Centre and Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Rideau High School in Ottawa: This proposed community hub is a joint project between two community organizations focused on Indigenous and non-Indigenous services including: alternative secondary school, urban Indigenous healthy living, life-long care, programs such as those for homelessness and bail, community justice, healing and wellness, cultural resources, a food bank, Indigenous job fair, housing, HIV/AIDS awareness, employment and training, and Inuit supports for students and youth. Other community services will include: health, social, recreation, life-long learning, and community engagement services.
Regional Skills Training, Trades & Innovation Community Hub, Sydenham Community Elementary School in Owen Sound: The proposed regional skills training community hub will include a trade and innovation centre to address barriers to rural employment and education through skilled trades, fine arts, energy, software, hairstyling and culinary arts. This hub will be connected to regional secondary schools and provide pathway opportunities for students.
Indigenous Early Years Hub, Dr. McDougall Public School in North Bay: This proposed community hub will provide services to Indigenous communities including a child and family program and licensed day care, Indigenous cultural and linguistic programs and services for families, supported by local elders and Indigenous partners.