Premier Wynne Appoints Community Hubs Advisory Group
Experts to Help Develop Innovative Framework to Revitalize Public Spaces
Ontario has appointed nine members to the Premier's Community Hub Framework Advisory Group. The group will work with the Premier's Special Advisor, Karen Pitre, to review provincial policies and develop a framework for adapting existing public assets to become community hubs.
A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre or another public space that offers co-ordinated services such as education, health care and social services.
The nine members announced today have specialized knowledge and expertise in a variety of areas, including education, finance and community building. They will consult widely with community groups and other partners to harness a broad range of perspectives which will inform the government's approach to moving forward with community hubs.
Providing high-quality, accessible and efficient community services is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Premier appointed Karen Pitre as Special Advisor on Community Hubs and Chair of the advisory group on March 20, 2015.
- There are different models for community hubs, both in Ontario and other jurisdictions. One of the key activities of the group will be to review experience and evidence from these areas and highlight best practices.
- In her mandate letters, the Premier directed several ministers to participate in the development of a policy on community hubs.
“Community hubs are an important part of our efforts to make public services more accessible and efficient for the people of our province. I want to thank all of the members of the advisory group for lending their expertise to this project. With their help, we can ensure our framework will drive economic competitiveness, foster social cohesion and make communities more liveable.”