Mandate and Responsibilities

There are ten City community centres operated by a Board of Management. Under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Community Centre Boards of Management are City Boards and City Council determines their mandate and structure.

The Community Centres are multi-purpose facilities providing a broad range of community, recreation and social service programs to local residents through a service delivery model that is a hybrid between an internal City program and an external service organization. The core administrative activities are funded by the City and treated like a regular City service agency; the program component is funded through fees, donations and grants, and is treated like an independent, not-for-profit community-based organization.

The mandate of each Board is to manage and control the premises as a local community centre, and Board responsibilities include the following specific matters:

  • the overall management, operation and maintenance of the Community Centre ensuring compliance with applicable laws and City policies and by-laws;
  • the overall development, funding and management of all Community Centre programs;
  • the approval of the annual administrative budget for recommendation to City Council;
  • the approval of the annual report for submission to City Council;
  • the approval of all programs including fees for the use of the facilities and programs if applicable;
  • the development of resources to support activities, programs and services of the Community Centre;
  • the hiring and evaluation of the Community Centre’s Executive Director; and
  • the approval of the Community Centre’s Annual Financial Statements for audit purposes and receiving the report of the Auditor.

Board Size and Composition

1. 519 Church Street Community Centre

The 519 Church Street Community Centre Board of Management consists of 12 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 27; and
  • 11 citizen members.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

2. Applegrove Community Complex

The Applegrove Community Complex Board of Management consists of 11 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 32; and
  • 10 citizen members, one of whom may be nominated for consideration for appointment by the Toronto District School Board.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

3. Cecil Street Community Centre

The Cecil Street Community Centre Board of Management consists of 12 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 20; and
  • 11 citizen members.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

4. Central Eglinton Community Centre

The Central Eglinton Community Centre Board of Management consists of 8 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 22; and
  • 7 citizen members.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

5. Community Centre 55

The Community Centre 55 Board of Management consists of 7 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 32; and
  • 6 citizen members.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

6. Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre

The Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre Board of Management consists of 12 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 30; and
  • 11 citizen members.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

7. Harbourfront Community Centre

The Harbourfront Community Centre Board of Management consists of 9 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 20; and
  • 8 citizen members.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

8. Ralph Thornton Community Centre

The Ralph ThorntonCommunity Centre Board of Management consists of 13 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 30; and
  • 12 citizen members.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

9. Scadding Court Community Centre

The Scadding CourtCommunity Centre Board of Management consists of 14 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 20; and
  • 13 citizen members, one of whom may be nominated for consideration for appointment by the Toronto District School Board.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

10. Swansea Town Hall Community Centre

The Swansea Town Hall Community Centre Board of Management consists of 16 members and is composed of:

  • the Council Member for Ward 13; and
  • 15 citizen members, 6 of whom may be nominated for consideration for appointment as follows:
    • 1 person may be nominated by the Swansea Horticultural Society;
    • 1 person may be nominated by the Swansea Historical Society;
    • 1 person may be nominated by the Swansea Area Ratepayers Association;
    • 1 person may be nominated by the Swansea Seniors Association;
    • 1 person may be nominated by the Swansea Parks and Recreation Community Centre Advisory Board;
    • 1 person may be nominated by the Board of Directors of the non-profit housing building at 93 Lavinia Avenue; and
    • 9 persons elected by members of the Swansea Town Hall Community Centre.

In addition, the majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the catchment area of the Community Centre.

Chair and Vice-Chair

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

The majority of citizen members of the Board must be residents in the Community Centre’s catchment area.

Community members are encouraged to elect members to the Board who collectively:

  • possess an understanding of diverse neighbourhoods and communities within their catchment area;
  • reflect the cultural and social diversity of the community;
  • have knowledge and understanding of community and public service; and
  • possess good communication and decision making skills.

Appointments Process – Interest Group Nominees

On some Boards of Management, certain positions have been reserved for specific organizations to nominate an individual for consideration for appointment (interest group nominations). The organizations submit the name of their nominee to the relevant Community Council for consideration for appointment. If the Community Council wishes to make appointments that do not comply with the City’s Public Appointments Policy, it must forward its recommendations to City Council for approval.

Appointments Process – Community Centre Member Election

Citizen members of the Boards of Management are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Community Centre. The names of elected nominees are recommended to the relevant Community Council for consideration for appointment. If the Community Council wishes to make appointments that do not comply with the City’s Public Appointments Policy, it must forward its recommendations to City Council for approval.

Meetings

The Boards of Management usually meet monthly. 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.