Build Your Hub
Whether constructing a community hub from the ground up or renovating an existing space the task can be challenging.
Working with architects, trades and contractors, managing the project and ensuring that zoning and permit compliance –these are the ‘nuts and bolts’ of hub development. Other common questions that come up at this stage involve formalizing partnerships with others, deciding on a governance model and beginning to consider long term viability of the hub.
Knowledge in Action 1: Corporate Structures and Regulatory Context
NCN Canada’s Shared Spaces Learning Series (2017)
This paper is part of NCN Canada’s Shared Spaces Learning Series initiative, designed to contribute to the emerging national conversation about the roles, capacities and limitations of shared spaces, understood in various contexts as Community Hubs, Social Purpose Real Estate and Non-profit Centres. The Shared Spaces Learning Series features “Knowledge in Action” research briefs, which gather and summarize relevant data and information, and “Stories from the Centres” case studies, highlighting emerging practices and perspectives in Canadian shared spaces.
Case Study: Artscape Youngplace
Artscape Youngplace is a 75,000 square foot, $19 million transformation of a designated heritage school building into a dynamic community cultural hub devoted to artistic inspiration, learning, growth and expression. It is the largest building in Artscape’s portfolio and is the largest cultural institution in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. After an extensive community engagement and consultation process, and a major renovation, Artscape Youngplace opened to the public in November 2013.
Video: A Centre for the Community, by the Community
Station 14 (2017)
“Kingston Community Health Centres host a Grand Opening at their new community location on Weller Avenue. We spoke with members of KCHC about the beautiful new facility, the opening, and the amazing volunteer work involved in bringing it all together.”
Templates and Tools
Developing a Plan for Financial Sustainability
Community Tool Box, University of Kansas (2012)
Although it might seem otherwise, a plan for financial sustainability is not just about getting money. Now, part of your plan might well be to raise some dollars. In fact, it probably will be an important part. You may raise money through donations, grants, user fees, or all of the above, to name a few examples. But that’s not the whole story. A financial sustainability plan will also include other types of resources you might obtain, such as in-kind support, volunteer staff, or shared resources from other organizations.
Funding and Financing
Community Hubs Capital Funding: Minor Retrofits and Accessibility Ontario Ministry of Education
As a response to recommendations in Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, the province committed to supporting the use of schools as community hubs.
In May, 2016, the Province announced a $90 million investment to further enable the development of community hubs by expanding child care and child and family support programs in schools and create spaces in schools for community use.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
The OTF has adopted an Investment Strategy that includes six different action areas as well four granting streams.
Capital grants are grants broaden access, improve community spaces and promote energy efficiency.
Community Health Capital Planning (CHCP) – Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
The CHCP — which provides a unified approach for the funding of community health care infrastructure projects in Ontario — already has a funding stream dedicated to community health projects involving integrated facilities. The new policy, adopted in expands the eligibility criteria to make funding more accessible for integrated service models.
The types of community sector Health Service Providers (HSPs) and organizations who provide direct service related Programming, and were specifically-named in the prior policy continue to be eligible under the CHCP policy for dedicated Capital Funding. These include:
Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) aims to help municipalities, universities and other public sector partners renew Ontario’s public infrastructure with loans at affordable rates for either short- or long-term financing. Non-profit organizations aiming to own or operate a community health or social services hub are among those eligible to apply for a loan from IO.
The IO Loan Program provides affordable, long-term financing to public sector clients enabling them to modernize and renew their infrastructure. We tailor our loans to meet the unique needs and complex development challenges of municipalities, housing providers, universities and other eligible public sector clients. All borrowers within each sector share the same affordable rates and same benefits of the Loan Program.
Developing a Plan for Financial Sustainability
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
In Ontario, all land in the Province must be assigned a property class or classes for property taxation purposes. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for accurately assessing and classifying all property in Ontario and also determines the tax liability of property and whether a property is eligible for a property tax exemption. Non-profit organizations, similar to service providers often found in community hubs, may qualify for the residential property class if they own and occupy a property. However, where they are a tenant and lease space from a municipality, school board, church or within a commercial space, such as a shopping mall or plaza, the ownership requirement in the residential property class are not met, and the property or portion of property occupied by the organization defaults to the commercial property class. This online information guide outlines the process for registered charities and non-profit organizations in Ontario to seek an exemption or a reclassification of the property.
Shaw Street Centre: Request for Expressions of Interest
(REOI) Artscape Youngplace (2010)
In January 2010 Artscape released a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) to assess the interest and needs of artists and not-for-profit arts and community organizations interested in ownership or rental opportunities at Artscape Youngplace (formerly known as Artscape Shaw Street Centre