We know that Community Hubs are vibrant centres that are recognized by a community to:
A Community Hub situated adjacent to a TDSB active school can have a positive impact on students. In turn, when the school and the Hub work together, the integration and sharing of facilities should enhance student value through an educational component and create community benefits for the families, other adults and seniors within the community.
In February 2015, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) directed the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC), as agent for TDSB, to pursue redevelopment projects and opportunities to create community hubs. As a first step, the TLC has undertaken to initially review the redevelopment projects under its jurisdiction.
As a result, on April 15, 2015, TDSB on a recommendation by TLC, approved “That disposition of the 7.3 acre parcel of land on the Bloor/Dufferin site be deferred until the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) can complete its review in pursing community hub opportunities using the Bloor/Dufferin Redevelopment Project as a demonstration site for a community hub.”
The TLC visited numerous Community Hubs throughout the City of Toronto and we invite you to link to the sites below to obtain a better understanding of the wide range of services that can be provided at a Community Hub which in turn provide numerous benefits to a community.
Within this timeframe, the Premier appointed Karen Pitre as the Special Advisor on Community Hubs to the Premier. In August, 2015, a report was released, entitled, Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, which covers many aspects of Community Hub development, a guide to many existing community hubs and recommendations that would help support the creation of community hubs in the Province. Please see the link https://www.ontario.ca/page/community-hubs to be directed to the full report.
As a result, TLC remains in the investigative process to explore the possibility of the creation of a Community Hub at the Bloor-Dufferin location. The TLC, along with the TDSB, are working with the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, Special Advisor on Community Hubs, exploring the opportunities available at this specific location that would be compatible with localized student programming.