The government has committed to developing community hubs in an effort to bring services together in one place and to make better use of public spaces to serve Ontarians.
A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre or another public space that offers co-located or integrated services such as education, health care and social services. Each hub is as unique as the community it serves.
Since its release in August 2015, there has been an enthusiastic response to Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, a report with recommendations to guide the creation of community hubs.
The report was released by the Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group, chaired by Karen Pitre, the Premier’s Special Advisor on Community Hubs.
The government supports this report and is moving forward with implementation of the recommendation to require integrated planning to ensure client-focused service delivery, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
In fall 2015, a number of forums were held across the province to provide guidance on implementing this recommendation. Over 450 experts and leaders participated in these events to share their thoughts and ideas on how the government and its partners can better support the integrated planning of community-based services.
- Read a summary of what we heard and learned during the Minister’s Forums on Integrated Planning for Community Hubs
Although the forums have concluded, additional feedback is welcome. New ideas or thoughts about the facilitation of integrated planning for community hubs can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.