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.

How is the government helping?

Funding is being provided to all school boards so they can make school space more affordable for use after hours. Both indoor and outdoor school space is available to not-for-profit community groups at reduced rates, outside of regular school hours.

In addition, not-for-profit groups have free after-school access at 220 "priority schools." This means eligible not-for-profit groups can offer more affordable or free programs in communities where the need for access is greatest.

The 220 schools are located in 38 school boards across Ontario.

Want to find out about the fees in your area?

Please contact your local school board to find out what the regular Community Use of Schools fees are in your area.

Or, find out if a school near you is designated a "priority school" and offering free space (PDF, 128 KB).

Need more information?

More information about the Community Use of Schools program and effective practices is available. Technical information (PDF, 372 KB) for schools and school boards is also available. You can also contact your local Ministry of Education Regional Office.