Community Use of Schools

Imagine a school with an after-school youth drop-in centre, and community college courses for adults in the evenings. On weekends, it’s a place where community groups hold theatre performances and Saturday afternoon basketball games. You’ve just imagined the contemporary school, and it’s being created across the province.


COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOLS is a Ministry of Education initiative which supports access to schools outside regular school hours, specifically for non-profit organizations.
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board endorses and encourages the concept of community use of schools. Please refer to Board Policy – Authorization for Use of School Facilities, for a complete list of rules governing the use of school facilities and rate categories.


In addition to accepting the terms & conditions detailed in Board Policy Authorization for Use of School Facilities, all users must also acknowledge review and understanding of Board Policy – Concussion Management.

Booking a space is easy.  Please click the link below for more information and to access our online booking software.  NOTE: Permit application requests should be received as far in advance as possible, preferably at least two (2) weeks before the date of the event.  Permits may not be approved during school holidays, Christmas vacation period, March Break or statutory holidays.  Please reference the Board’s 2023/2024 School Year Calendar.

Community Use of Schools is open to receive permit applications from all groups as of Monday, March 28, 2022.

How to Book a Facility

The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board offers 19 facilities for use through an online booking system.  Renting space at one of these facilities is easy and can be done in a few simple steps:
  1. Create an Account: To book any facility within the Huron-Perth CDSB, an account must be created in our online database by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.  Account applications will be reviewed and approved by the Community Use of School Coordinator at the Board Office. Users must agree to the terms and conditions as set out in Board policy Authorization for Use of School Facilities and Board policy Concussion Management; have a valid e-mail account that can send and receive account information; and provide a valid Certificate of Insurance with a minimum of $2 million liability coverage naming the “Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board, 3927 Perth Road 180, Dublin, ON, N0K 1E0” as an additional insured, provides coverage for the dates requested in the permit application and notes the activity being insured.  Groups that cannot provide a Certificate of Insurance must purchase coverage through the HPCDBS Blanket Insurance based on the rating schedule provided by the Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange.   
  2. Apply to Rent a Facility: Rent a school facility using our easy online application system.  New users will need to create an account, or if you are an existing user you can ​simply login using your previously created account (please do not create another account if you already have one setup).  Follow the application wizard through the “Create a Permit” process.
  3. Approval: Once an application has been approved, a permit will be electronically issued.  You will need to check the dates listed on the approved permit as some may have been removed due to conflicts, which would of appeared in red when entering your bookings.

DEADLINE for receiving permit application requests for use during the summer months of July and August is JUNE 10, 2024.

For more information, please contact Valerie Basler at the Catholic Education Centre by calling 519-345-2440 ext. 8056.