Community Use of Schools

Community Use of Schools is now accepting permit requests for the 2022-2023 school year for historic clients who rented space in OCDSB facilities during the 2019-2020 school year. Requests can be submitted through the online booking system eBase. Please visit to log in and submit your historical permit requests.

It is important to note that we are hoping that normal levels of Community Use will resume this fall but permit approvals will be dependent on the status of COVID-19 provincial restrictions at the time and any applicable directives from the OCDSB. If permits are approved to run this fall, the OCDSB reserves the right to cancel individual dates or permits at any time.  Once the Community Use of Schools (CUS) knows that rentals for historic users can move forward for 2022-2023, CUS staff will work as quickly as possible to review and approve permit requests.   

At this time only requests for space used in the 2019-2020 school year will be considered.

Permit requests for Non-Historic users can be submitted as of Tuesday, September 6, 2022.


Schools are hubs of the community and a convenient venue for a host of recreational and group activities. School facilities provide a place to come together, volunteer, access community programs, become physically active and build strong and healthy communities.

In partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Parent & Community Engagement Office of the Inclusive Education Branch, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board makes school space more affordable and accessible in support of healthy, active lifestyles and helping to build vital communities that offer the residents within the District a higher quality of life.

If your association, business or, not-for-profit organization is looking for affordable, flexible meeting options or recreational space, we have plenty of choices. Available from 6pm – 10pm on weeknights and 8am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday throughout the school year, our schools offer classrooms, gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias, meeting spaces, sports fields and ball diamonds that are ideal for small and medium gatherings as well as recreational activities. Rates are reasonable and parking is free.

To ensure fair and equitable access to District facilities, community groups seeking the use of school facilities must obtain a permit. Returning clients are given first priority to the space they permitted in the previous year. Upon completion of school and returning client requests, space may be available to community groups on a first come, first serve basis. This is dependent upon facility availability, custodial staff and/or other District approved personnel. Applicable fees will apply according to the approved user fee schedule.

**  On October 17, 2018 Cannabis was legalized in Canada.  The OCDSB wishes to advise all CUS permit holders that recreational cannabis possession and/or use is not, and will not be permitted on any OCDSB property.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

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