Community Use of Schools

The government is committed to making schools more accessible to the communities they serve outside of the school day. To fulfill that commitment, the government provides funding to school boards to reduce rates and increase access for community not-for-profits groups during non-school hours.

Guiding Principles

School Activities Take Priority

School 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 space by 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

Community Use of Schools supports and promotes healthy, active lifestyles for community youth.

Fair Equitable Access

Schools are welcoming and inclusive environments and offer parent groups and community organizations fair and equitable  access to use of school space at affordable rates for community purposes, outside of regular school hours.

Respect for Roles and Responsibilities

Community Use of Schools  partners and stakeholders respect each other's roles, responsibilities and obligations to the community and education system.

Not-For-Profit organizations to be charged affordable rates

District School Boards, where feasible, should ensure that after school user fees for school facilities in their district are affordable for Not-For-Profit users.

Not-for-profit users shall be defined to include:

  1. Not-for-Profit Youth-Related Community Groups – run by local youth groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, 4H Clubs and Cadets, etc. where the activities are intended for participants under the age of 18 (or where the participants are under a disability, then under the age of 28).
  2. Not-for-Profit Recognized Children's Sport and Recreation Service Providers – groups that are: a) sponsored or recognized by a municipality as providing services or programs for the benefit of the community, or b) members of a provincial sports organization or an accredited camping organization, or c) universally recognized as service providers, such as the YMCA or Red Cross.
  3. Not-for-Profit Childcare Operations – groups involved with before and after-school childcare programs delivered by eligible operators (as per the Child Care and Early Years Act) within the school board district.
  4. Other Not-for-Profit or Charitable Groups – other groups such as local service clubs, community health associations, parent groups, seniors groups, etc. as determined by the district school board.