The province is prioritizing the needs of Ontarians and focusing on community interests when it comes to decisions about the future uses of closed, surplus or unused publicly owned properties.
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, was joined by Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier and Karen Pitre, Premier's Special Advisor on Community Hubs, in Ottawa today to announce a new comprehensive Social Purpose Real Estate Strategy that requires the needs of local communities to be considered when it comes to the disposition, acquisition and use of public properties and infrastructure planning.
The province is supporting the development of community hubs through the following:
Repurposing public properties provides many benefits for communities, including:
Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
“Making community and social needs more important when we’re looking at repurposing public properties will help families access the services they need close to home. From people just starting out in life to seniors through their later years, Ontario’s new approach to decision making for property disposition will help put local needs first.”
“I’m thrilled at the progress we’re making. This new strategy demonstrates our commitment to being more forward thinking and innovative when making decisions about the future of public properties. Communities across the province rely on public space to deliver important and critical services to local residents. The Social Purpose Real Estate Strategy and many of our new initiatives are another step in the right direction to strengthening the community hubs movement in Ontario.”
Karen Pitre, Premier’s Special Advisor on Community Hubs
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