The City has ten board-operated community centres that offer programs to address community-based recreation and social needs through an alternative model to internal City Division program delivery. These Community Centre Boards of Management (Community Centres) are collectively referred to as the Association of Community Centres (AOCCs).

Follow this link for information on the Board governance structure for the Community Centre Boards of Management.

The Community Centres provide public space, programs, and services to meet the diverse and changing needs of communities. They are committed to fostering a sense of community, promoting civic engagement, and enhancing the quality of life through the development, provision, and support of activities, services and programs responsive to local needs.

List of Community Centre Boards of Management

 

  • 519 Church Street Community Centre;
  • Applegrove Community Complex;
  • Cecil Street Community Centre;
  • Central Eglinton Community Centre;
  • Community Centre 55;
  • Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre;
  • Waterfront Neighborhood Centre (formerly Harbourfront Community Centre);
  • Ralph Thornton Community Centre;
  • Scadding Court Community Centre; and
  • Swansea Town Hall Community Centre.

2014 Service Overview

The Community Centre Boards provide community development initiatives which build capacity in the community by providing tools for people to help themselves. Services are far reaching and target all sectors of the community. The Community Centres also provide a vehicle for the City to connect to the community, especially to youth, recent immigrants, seniors, persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes and the homeless. Some programming examples include settlement services to newcomers to Canada, anti-violence programs, community festivals, after-school programs, computer courses, food programs, youth social programs, seniors programs, and drop-in centres for people with disabilities.

Core Administrative Support

The Community Centre Board of Management model is a hybrid between a City board and an independent not-for-profit community-based organization, whereby funding for programs is acquired from grants, fees, and fundraising. The Community Centres and the AOCC Program have been functionally aligned with the Social Development, Finance and Administrative Division (SDFA) as the strategic directions outlined in the Social Development Strategy for the City relate directly to the Community Centres’ activities.

The City funds defined core administrative costs including all salary and benefit, facility operation, and maintenance costs except those directly associated with a specific program. The goal of the Community Centres is to provide the core organizational infrastructure, which supports delivery of programs and services, by managing and operating the facility and responding to community requests and local needs.

Core administration activities vary by centre and may include:

  • Customer service and community information referrals;
  • Community information management;
  • Rentals for public and private meetings;
  • Operation and maintenance of facilities;
  • Administration, including financial management, budgeting, risk management, and strategic planning;
  • Funding administration including fundraising, grant applications, and partnership development; and
  • Volunteer recruitment and training.

Community Programming Services

The Community Centres provide social, educational, cultural, and recreational activities that are responsive and reflect the unique needs of local communities and common interest groups. The funding for these services comes from a combination of City and non-City grants, fundraising, and user fees.

Activity and event programming varies by centre and includes Family Support and Child Development, Youth and Adult Programs, Senior Citizen programs and community service partnerships.

Community development takes place via community meetings, networking, community events, access/diversity programs, and membership recruitment.

The Community Centres will continue to strengthen communities by networking, community planning and neighbourhood involvement. The funding for these services comes from a combination of City and non-City grants, fundraising, and user fees.

Community Centres focus on meeting the following service objectives:

  • Providing a wide range of quality programs and services to meet residents’ needs;
  • Maintaining a community base that is representative of the neighbourhood;
  • Providing opportunities for local residents to improve their communities;
  • Providing and preserving community access to space;
  • Identifying service delivery partners to meet programming needs and expand funding options;
  • Increasing membership and donor base via website, flyer, newspapers, and events; and
  • Increasing the Community Centres volunteer base.

2014 Operating Budget

Service 2014 Approved Budget ($000’s)
 

Gross

Net

519 Church Street Community Centre

1,367.0

1,220.0

Applegrove Community Complex

362.2

362.2

Cecil Community Centre

685.1

685.1

Central Eglinton Community Centre

606.5

606.5

Community Centre 55

723.2

723.2

Eastview Community Centre

522.8

522.8

Waterfront Neighborhood Centre

1,220.4

1,220.4

Ralph Thornton Community Centre

698.7

659.3

Scadding Court Community Centre

892.3

892.3

Swansea Town Hall Community Centre

507.9

264.1

Total

7,586.2

7,156.0