Ontario Creating New Community Hub in Scarborough
Province Enhancing Health Care, Recreation, Health Promotion and Culture for Families
Ontario is enhancing local services and programs offered in Scarborough, with a new community hub to support the area's diverse community.
Through the 2018 Budget, the province is supporting the creation of the Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre Hub. The hub will provide a public space for events and celebrations, and support sports, recreation and health programs. It will feature:
- A full-sized YMCA, offering health and fitness programs, day camps and a licensed child care centre
- Space for United Way agencies that offer social services, health promotion and cultural programs
- Shared space for community and cultural events
- Market-rate office and retail space
- A new, modern chronic kidney disease facility to include life-saving dialysis along with other programs such as diabetes education, to be constructed and operated by Scarborough and Rouge Hospital.
By bringing together community services and health care providers under one roof, the new hub will help foster a healthy community where people can work, learn and play.
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 plans to invest $20.8 million to support the creation of the Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre Hub. The province previously announced a grant to help plan and construct the new, modern chronic kidney disease facility as part of the broader creation of this community hub.
- 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.
- The province recently signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government for $11.8 billion in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years, including $407 million for community, culture and recreation infrastructure. Under this agreement, the province will work with municipalities and other partners to assess projects for nomination and approval by the federal government.
“Hubs help to bring together essential health and social services while at the same time focusing on specific needs in a community. We understand the power of community hubs to strengthen our communities and help to build Ontario up.”
“By focusing on the Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre, our government understands how we can enrich the lives of a community through coordinated investments; ensuring needs are met from health care to social services to culture and recreation.”