What is a Community Hub?

A community hub is a public space that brings several community agencies and neighbourhood groups together to offer a range of activities, programs and services.

They were created to make better use of public spaces by offering multiple services under one roof that meet the needs of a specific community or neighbourhood. Community hubs also encourage social gatherings.

There are different services offered at each location like:

  • Health services
  • Education
  • Employment services
  • Childcare services
  • Social services
  • Cultural
  • Recreational

You can find community hubs in:

  • Primary schools
  • Neighbourhood or recreation centres
  • Libraries
  • Public spaces
  • Online

Many community hubs can help you integrate into your new Canadian life because you can take ESL classes, get health and job-seeking services all in the same place. It is also a good way to meet other people of similar cultural backgrounds that speak the same language as you do.

Where is the Nearest Community Hub in my Area?

You can find different services in your area by using the mapping tool on the CommunityHubsOntario.ca website. Just turn on the “Community Hub” feature and see the map to find the different hubs in your area.

The tool will also show you where to find:

  • Youth Mental Health Support
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • School and School Boards
  • Seniors Centres
  • Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)

What is a Community Care Access Centre?

If you or someone you know is in need of special assistance at home due to health issues, a Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) can connect you with the care you need at home and in your community. They can:

  • Arrange for care and specialized support services in your home.
  • Authorize services for special needs children in schools.
  • Give information and referrals about other community agencies and services.
  • Provide you with information about long-term care options if home care is not enough and it becomes too difficult for you to live independently at home.
To get help at home call your local LHIN office.

For More Information

Community Hubs Ontario -  This website lists all information related to community hubs arcoss Ontario.

How to Find a Group in My Community - Offers links to sites where you can find ethnocltural groups and services.

211 Ontario - Offers locations and contact information for services across Ontario.

Last updated: October 29, 2018 4006317