Community Use of Schools

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is pleased to announce that we will be supporting a phased-in return to community use of our schools (currently only High Schools) commencing 22 November 2021.

We will be focusing on uses of gyms in our high schools only at this time; for users and organizers who can demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated (Therefore youth over 11 and adults only).  We will be reaching out to historic permit-holders in these spaces to renew their use. The priority will be on permits for youths over the age of 12 and not for profit groups. We will not be entertaining permits for new clients for these spaces at this time.

Our elementary schools are not being reopened to Community Use of Schools at this time; the reason for this is twofold.  First, elementary schools are being targeted as possible clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations for children, once this can be fully organized.  We are prioritizing space, at least for now, for this important purpose.  Second, elementary schools are staffed differently and we have more staff at secondary schools to support a return to community use.  We will be using this phased-in experience to work on protocols that will allow us to return to permitting in elementary schools, likely early in 2022.

Thank you for your patience and your support as we begin full use of our schools.  We are pleased to welcome the community back to our facilities.

Schools are hubs of the community and a convenient venue for a host of recreational and group activities. School facilities provide a place to come together, volunteer, access community programs, become physically active and build strong and healthy communities.

In partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Parent & Community Engagement Office of the Inclusive Education Branch, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board makes school space more affordable and accessible in support of healthy, active lifestyles and helping to build vital communities that offer the residents within the District a higher quality of life.

If your association, business or, not-for-profit organization is looking for affordable, flexible meeting options or recreational space, we have plenty of choices. Available from 6pm – 10pm on weeknights and 8am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday throughout the school year, our schools offer classrooms, gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias, meeting spaces, sports fields and ball diamonds that are ideal for small and medium gatherings as well as recreational activities. Rates are reasonable and parking is free.

To ensure fair and equitable access to District facilities, community groups seeking the use of school facilities must obtain a permit. Returning clients are given first priority to the space they permitted in the previous year. Upon completion of school and returning client requests, space may be available to community groups on a first come, first serve basis. This is dependent upon facility availability, custodial staff and/or other District approved personnel. Applicable fees will apply according to the approved user fee schedule.

**  On October 17, 2018 Cannabis was legalized in Canada.  The OCDSB wishes to advise all CUS permit holders that recreational cannabis possession and/or use is not, and will not be permitted on any OCDSB property.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

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