Community Use of Schools
Community Use of Schools is a Ministry of Education initiative that supports access to school space outside of school hours for not-for-profit groups. It is the policy of the Near North District
School Board to make available to the community the Board’s school buildings,
facilities and grounds provided use does not conflict with regular school use
and is economically feasible.
Community use of Facilities General Rules and Regulations
Priority School Funding (View the poster.)
The Near North District School Board has received Priority School Funding this year to invite not-for-profit groups to use Mattawa District Public School at no charge. The funding will pay the costs incurred for keeping the school open after hours and on weekends, seven days a week, all year long.
Applying for a Community Use of Schools Permit
North District School Board is working to provide a seamless offering of its
school facilities to local community groups through a user-friendly online application
process. To book a school facility,
start by creating an account in our online database by clicking the “Community Use Online” button and
following the instructions to register.
Existing users can follow the “Community Use Online” link to login and
create a permit.
Online Permitting User Guide
To book a facility, applicants must be:
- be 21 years of age or older,
- have a valid email address to receive messages and approved permits through the online system,
- submit an online permit at least 2 weeks prior to the event to allow time for processing, and
- provide a certificate of Liability Insurance in the amount of 5 million dollars naming the Near North District School Board as Additional Insured. Groups that do not carry liability insurance can purchase it through the Near North District School Board based on the attached rating schedule provided by OSBIE (Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange). The cost of the insurance will be added to the permit.
OSBIE Rating Schedule
Schedule of Fees
All user fees shall be payable to the Near North District School
Fees for a facility vary according to the type of space used (gym,
classroom, etc). Charges shall be those
actual costs that the Board incurs as a result of the activity plus additional
costs where applicable.
Community Use of Facilities Rates
Schools with Available Space
all Near North schools have some space available for Community Use. The online reservation system lists all
available schools and the spaces available for each school. If a required space is not listed, please
contact the Principal of the school for availability and approval.
Board Contact Information
Online Permitting, OSBIE Insurance
(705) 472-7015 ext. 5045
(705) 472-7015 ext. 5067