Ontario Creating New Community Hub in Toronto
Province Enhancing Cultural and Community Services for Families in Lawrence Heights
Ontario is enhancing local services and programs offered in the Lawrence Heights and Lawrence-Allen area of Toronto, with a new community hub to support the area's diverse community.
Mike Colle, MPP Eglinton-Lawrence on behalf of Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, announced today that the province is supporting the creation of the Lawrence Heights Community Centre.
A future community cultural hub in the Lawrence Heights and Lawrence-Allen area will help build an inclusive community by bringing together community services and health-care providers under one roof, as well as foster a healthy community where people can work, learn and play. The hub will provide a public space for events and celebrations, and support sports, recreation, health and development. It would feature:
- A pool/aquatic area
- Double gymnasium with running track
- Multi-purpose rooms (weight room, dance room)
- Administration and office space.
Building inclusive communities and creating community hubs is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario is committed to investing $14 million toward the total Lawrence Heights project cost of $42 million.
- In order to access federal funding under the Community, Culture and Recreation component of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, municipalities or other partners must submit a business case to the province for review, approval, and nomination to the federal government.
- Community hubs provide the public with one central point of access for a range of services, such as health, social or education, along with cultural and recreational spaces to nourish community life. Each community hub is as unique as the community it serves.
- While community hubs are locally-driven, the province’s role is to make it easier for community partners to offer services that are integrated and coordinated, strengthening community partnerships and making the best use of public space.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history – $230 billion over 14 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON
“We are committed to ensuring that Ontario is a leader in community hubs. Through the creation of community centres and hubs, we are helping to build strong and resilient communities.”
“The investment in the Lawrence Heights and Lawrence-Allen Area is a big win for our community. Through funding and support, we will provide a healthy recreation-focused hub for community members to visit and enjoy.”