Community Use of Schools

Community Use of Schools

ATTENTION: At this time Community Use is NOT AVAILABLE

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 non-commercial 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.


  • In order to provide secondary schools increased flexibility in school event scheduling and for financial reasons, we are limiting the community of schools availability to weekday evenings only at our 3 high schools. 
  • To better facilitate custodial coverage after hours, there will also be no bookings after 5 pm on weekends at elementary schools.  
  • Bookings during the week will be limited to hours where there is regular custodial coverage (hours of availability vary by school).
  • All permits submitted for the 2019-2020 school year are limited to a maximum booking time of 4 hours per week.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Permit holders must notify the Community Use Officer in advance if they are not intending to honour their booking.  Failure to do so will result in a $120 charge being applied to their account and their permit cancelled until it is paid.

Most schools are available Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm – 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 until 5:00 pm at elementary schools on Saturdays and Sundays .
  • All rentals require proof of liability insurance – minimum $2 million (which can be purchased from the school board at a reasonable cost) naming Lakehead District School Board as additional insured.
  • 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 and a valid credit card.

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 call (807) 625-5217

User Categories:

CATEGORY A (Board, School, Reciprocal Agreements, Partnerships and Day Cares – Free of Charge)

  • Board Sponsored Events and Groups
    • Education programs sponsored and/or supported by the Board
    • Board committees
    • Training sessions and professional development for employees
    • Speakers/presentations/information sessions for students, staff and/or public arranged by Board
  • School Groups
    • Co-curricular and extra-curricular program-related activities supervised by a teacher or responsible adult
    • School Council activities including school dance
    • Speakers/presentations/information sessions for students arranged by staff or School Council
    • Home and School meetings and activities
    • Parent/student fundraising for the school groups

CATEGORY B (Non-Profit – Free of Charge)
NOTE:  Effective May 23, 2019 – any permits submitted for the 2019-2020 school year are limited to a maximum booking time of 4 hours per week.

  • Non-Profit Youth Community Programs
    • Non-profit youth (under 18 years of age
    • community programs and organizations whose membership is not restrictive and whose leaders and/or instructors receive no direct compensation
    • Charitable organizations or agencies providing before or after school programs at cost, no cost or donation only
  • Non-Profit Community Sports
    • Non-profit recognized youth sport and recreation service providers
    • Unorganized/amateur athletic and sports groups – this includes staff and student groups not directly related to school and student programming
  • Non-Profit Community Recreation
    • Non-profit recreational or social groups/clubs or activities – this includes staff and student groups not directly related to school and student programming
    • Non-profit community theatre, dance or musical productions
    • School reunions
    • Birthday parties, baby/bridal showers and staff parties
  • Non-Profit Community Associations and Organizations
    • Non-profit local community associations and municipalities holding meeting or public information sessions
    • Board union and federation meetings and information sessions
  • Charity Organizations
    • Groups where money collected is used for community club or charitable purposes and not for personal gain
  • Partnerships and Reciprocal Agreement Groups
    • City of Thunder Bay Parks and Recreation Department Programs
    • Coterminous Boards physical education program
    • Indigenous Programs
    • Lappe Local Area Services Board
    • LU Education Department (PPOD)
    • Additional Qualification Courses (OISE, LU)
    • Individuals providing music/piano instruction to students at LDSB rural schools
  • Day Cares
    • Providing before or after school programs

CATEGORY C (Commercial – Cost based)

  • Private or Corporate Commercial Groups
    • Activities for private, corporate, and/or other organizations or individuals that yield a profit



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