An interesting development relevant to Ontario’s public libraries:


News Release

Premier Wynne Appoints Special Advisor on Community Hubs

March 20, 2015

Karen Pitre Will Chair Advisory Group

Premier Kathleen Wynne has appointed Karen Pitre as Special Advisor on Community Hubs. Pitre will chair the new Premier’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group. The members of the advisory group will be announced in the coming weeks.

A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre or another public space that offers coordinated services such as education, health care and social services. The advisory group will review provincial policies and develop a framework for adapting existing public assets to become community hubs.

The Community Hub Framework Advisory Group will:

  • Gather input from Ontarians
  • Foster partnerships among community organizations and other groups to ensure that the framework addresses local needs
  • Examine best practices in Ontario and other jurisdictions.

Delivering coordinated public services through community hubs will ensure these services better meet the needs of children, youth and seniors.

Providing high-quality accessible and efficient community services is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.



  • Ontario’s first poverty reduction strategy committed to the development of a Community Hub Program to respond to community needs related to poverty reduction and student achievement.
  • In her mandate letters, the Premier tasked selected ministers to participate in the development of a policy on community hubs, including the ministers of Education, Health and Long-Term Care, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Community and Social Services and the Minister Responsible for Seniors.







“I want to thank Karen Pitre for taking on this important responsibility. The work of the advisory group will do so much to inform our government’s approach to establishing community hubs. We want Ontario to be the best place to work, live and raise a family, and community hubs are a part of that vision.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario


“We have a great opportunity to develop community hubs in a way that coordinates services, meets people’s needs and strengthens communities. I look forward to working with the advisory group to support the considerable work already underway to move forward on this complex and important issue.”
— Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs