Mandate and Responsibilities

There are eight City indoor ice arenas operated by a Board of Management.  Under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Arena Boards of Management are city boards and City Council determines their mandate and structure.

The Arena Boards were established by the former City of Toronto and Borough of East York as a means of engaging the local community in the decision making for managing these facilities. The mandate of the Arena Boards includes:

  • providing safe, full and equitable access to high quality indoor ice sport recreational facilities and where applicable other recreational facilities (e.g. community rooms, banquet halls); and
  • allocating the use of the facility in a fair and equitable manner among local neighbourhood citizens and organizations and user groups, while bearing in mind the need to generate sufficient revenue to operate the facility at the lowest reasonable cost to the City of Toronto and its residents.

In February 2010, City Council made changes to ice allocation practices in City arenas operated by Arena Boards:

  • the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation will forward to the Arena Boards of Management all applications for ice time at their locations together with the total hours each applicant is entitled to on a City-wide basis;
  • Arena Boards are to develop proposed ice allocation schedules based on the applications received and consistent with the targets and requirements set-out in the City’s Ice Allocation Policy and the objectives of the Relationship Framework; and
  • as appropriate, the Arena Boards are to negotiate with other Arena Boards and City staff, and subject to informing and consulting with the applicants, finalize their allocation schedules for approval by the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Board Size and Composition

1. George Bell Arena

The George Bell Arena Board of Management consists of 12 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 11;
  • 10 citizen members; and
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

2. Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena

The Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena Board of Management consists of

10 members and is composed of:

  • 2 Council Members, one of whom is the Council Member for Ward 16;
  • 7 citizen members, one of whom may be nominated by the Forest Hill Hockey Association; and
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

3. Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena

The Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena Board of Management consists of

12 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 26;
  • 9 citizen members;
  • 1 representative from Infrastructure Ontario, for a term or terms commensurate with the duration of the loan from Infrastructure Ontario to the City, who will also sit on the Audit/Finance Committee of the Board; and
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

4. McCormick Playground Arena

The McCormick Playground Arena Board of Management consists of 11 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 18;
  • 9 citizen members; and
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

5. Moss Park Arena

The Moss Park Arena Board of Management consists of 11 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 27;
  • 9 citizen members, one of whom may be nominated by the Central Toronto Skating Club; and
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

6. North Toronto Memorial Arena

The North Toronto Memorial Arena Board of Management consists of 10 members and is composed of:

  • 2 Council Members, one of whom is the Council Member for Ward 16;
  • 7 citizen members, 3 of whom may be nominated for consideration as follows:
    • 1 person may be nominated by the North Toronto Skating Club;
    • 1 person may be nominated by the North Toronto Hockey Association;
    • 1 person may be nominated by the adjacent ratepayers’ association; and
    • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

7. Ted Reeve Community Arena

The Ted Reeve Community Arena Board of Management consists of 12 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 32;
  • 8 citizen members;
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the local Police Services Division;
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division; and
  • 1 non-voting representative of Sports Centre Design and Management Ltd.

8. William H. Bolton Arena

The William H. Bolton Arena Board of Management consists of 12 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 20;
  • 10 citizen members; and
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

Chair and Vice-Chair

The Board of Management elects a Chair, and may elect a Vice-Chair, from amongst its voting members.

Eligibility Requirements

Citizens are eligible for appointment to the Board of Management, and eligible to remain on the Board after being appointed, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements for appointment as set out in the City’s Public Appointments Policy.

Qualifications

Citizen members of the Board of Management should collectively demonstrate a range of qualifications including:

  • an interest and commitment to volunteering and community development including an understanding of diverse neighbourhoods;
  • a range of skills or experience such as fundraising, financial management, sports facility operation, event planning, amateur and children’s sports, law, or marketing;
  • a majority of members residing in the local area; and
    • demonstrated knowledge of the programs and activities of the arena.

In addition, a youthful perspective, defined as an individual in the 18-30 age range, is a desired qualification for at least one citizen member.

Appointments Process – Citizen Members

Citizen members (citizen members at-large) are recruited through an advertised recruitment process through local media advertising. The appointments process is conducted according to the policies and procedures in the City’s Public Appointments Policy. The Community Council considers candidates for appointment to the Board. If the Community Council wishes to make appointments that do not comply with the City Policy, it must forward its recommendations to City Council for approval.

Appointments Process – Interest Group Nominees

On some Boards, positions have been reserved for nominations from specific neighbourhood associations or Arena user groups (interest group nominations). Each group which has a designated position on an arena board submits its nominee to the Arena Nominating Panel as part of the general Board application process, and the Panel forwards the recommended nominee to Community Council for their consideration. If the Community Council wishes to make appointments that do not comply with City Policy, it must forward its recommendations to City Council for approval.

Meetings

The Boards are required to meet a minimum of six times a year and at any time at the request of a majority of the members of the Board, or at the call of the Chair. The Boards generally meet monthly, except during the summer months of June, July and August. Board meetings are open to the public, except for meetings or parts of meetings where a subject matter is being considered that is set out in section 190 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

Remuneration

No remuneration is paid to members on the Boards of Management.