Community Use of Schools

Community Use of Schools

Ontario’s Schools are community hubs where all people can gather to learn and participate in a range of activities offered by community organizations.



FacebookThe Lakehead District School Board is committed to sharing our school facilities with youth organizations, community partners, sports teams and local citizens.

Schools in Ontario play a key role in their local communities.  Schools provide a place to come together, volunteer, build skills, access community programs, become physically active and build strong and healthy communities.  The idea of ‘schools as hubs’ continues to be a strong guiding principle for Community Use of Schools.

Ontario’s Ministry of Education provides funding to all school boards in Ontario to increase affordable access for not-for-profit groups to both indoor and outdoor school space outside of regular school hours.

LDSB offers community agencies, parent groups, sports organizations, and local citizens fair access to use school space free of charge during non-school hours, in accordance with Board Policy 8011 Community Use of School Facilities.

Community Use of Schools is subject to availability and may not interfere with scheduled school activities.

Most schools are available Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, and weekends from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm.  Any weekend that includes a holiday (long weekends) are not available for bookings.  Community Use is also not available on the March Break, Summer Holidays or during the Christmas Holidays.

For the detailed policy description, refer to Lakehead District School Board Policy and Procedures 8011.

Groups are required to complete an “Application/Permit for Use of Schools” available through our Online Booking System or by contacting the Community Use Officer.

  • See “User Categories” below for category definitions.
  • Schools shall be available to non-profit user groups from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and for eight hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • All rentals require proof of liability insurance (which can be purchased from the school board at a reasonable cost).
  • Compliance with all taxing and licensing requirements shall be the responsibility of the user.
  • Additional “Conditions and Regulations
On-Line Booking System:

Book Online NowTo book a facility you must register your group with the Lakehead District School Board through the On-Line Booking System and have an email address.

To register and obtain your username and password please follow the instructions on the On-Line Booking System.

Please allow a minimum of 7 days to process your request.


Questions? Click HERE or contact: or speak with Jennifer at (807) 625-5217

User Categories:

CATEGORY A (Board, School, Reciprocal Agreements, Partnerships and Day Cares)

  • School Council activities
  • Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities supervised by a teacher or responsible adult
  • Programs sponsored and/or supported by Lakehead District School Board (eg. Home and School Association; staff training including AQ Courses).
  • City of Thunder Bay Parks and Recreation programs
  • Coterminous Boards’ Physical Education Program
  • Best Start Hubs and Day Cares located in our schools.

CATEGORY B (Non-Profit – Free of Charge – MAX 4 HRS/BOOKING)

  • Individuals (birthday parties, baby/bridal showers, staff parties, etc)
  • Athletic and amateur sports groups (including staff groups)
  • Local community group activities (eg. crafts, book clubs, etc)
  • Local community theatre, dance or musical production
  • Any other group where money collected is used for community club or charitable purposes, and not for personal gain
  • Meetings held by the following groups: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rovers, Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Junior Achievers, Junior Farmers, 4H, Pathfinders.
  • Non-revenue generating local community association meetings (eg. Municipal business meetings; Board Union/Federation meetings)

CATEGORY C (Commercial)
Commercial groups are not permitted to use space in Lakehead Public Schools.