Ontario has launched a new program that will make it easier for communities to build support to redevelop surplus buildings into community hubs. Community hubs can offer local residents health, social, cultural, recreational and other services in one spot.
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 as long as 18 months. That gives municipalities, organizations and Indigenous communities the time to find partners, complete a business plan and secure funding to redevelop the property into a community hub.
“The province’s role is to help make it easier for communities to come together and offer services in an integrated and coordinated way, and to make the best use of public space,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, in a press release. “Our new initiative gives local communities the opportunity they need to use public properties, and build their vibrant and successful hubs.”
Community partners can apply for this program online now until October 16, 2017.