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Community Use of Schools

School Rentals

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board supports the Ministry of Education’s Community Use of Schools initiative to ensure affordable access to school space, outside of school hours, by not-for-profit community groups.

 Outside of school during winter

Process

An individual or group may request the use of a school or facility by contacting the school Principal directly. All conditions and fees must be agreed to prior to the application being submitted for approval. Once the Principal has conditionally approved the application, the custodial and rental fees will be confirmed, and any other relevant conditions for the event will be communicated. All invoices must be agreed to, and paid for, prior to the event. The initial application to the Principal must be completed in full, including insurance questions and email address, a minimum of 14 days before the first requested date.

Steps in requesting the use of school space

  1. Read and agree to the Regulations Regarding the Community Use of School Facilities and Properties

  2. Identify your group on the Group Types list

  3. Complete the Community Use of Schools: Permit Application form in full

Contact the school principal from the List of Schools

Insurance

Permit approval is subject to user groups having appropriate insurance coverage.

Method 1: Insurance Certificate

All groups and individuals must have liability insurance. A community user group must carry comprehensive general liability insurance for an amount not less than $2,000,000. The insurance policy must cover the activities of the Authorized User and the activities of any other person for whom the party is responsible. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board must be named as an additional insured on the policy. You may obtain an Insurance Certificate by contacting your insurance agent.

Note: All commercial activity requires an insurance certificate.

Method 2: Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange (OSBIE)

Note: This method is only available for not-for-profit organizations and non-commercial activity.

School Boards are committed to community use of schools. Obtaining individual coverage in the insurance marketplace can be cost prohibitive. In our efforts to minimize costs associated with this use, OSBIE has implemented an insurance program which allows facility users, who do not have access to an insurance program, to obtain coverage in an affordable, simple format.

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