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Community Use of Schools - using school spaces

The Ottawa Catholic School Board provides access to school facilities for the promotion of physical activities for youth, adult fitness programs, and nationally recognized not-for-profit fundraising organizations. School facilities such as gymnasiums, libraries, cafeterias and classrooms, are available to the public on school operating days when a caretaker is scheduled to be on duty.

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How to book a school facility using E-Base

The Ottawa Catholic School Board uses an electronic application process for the Community Use of Schools. Permits and bookings are done though E-Base, software that lets you view school site availability and create and edit permits easily. The E-Base system allows you to make payments online using a credit card. The payments are based on the actual usage at the end of each month. This helps us process permits faster. Permit insurance is also available online, if needed. Please note that proof of insurance will be required before your permit can be approved. 

View our Fee Schedule, then watch the introductory video to get started. Create a username and password to begin submitting applications directly to the shool you would like to use. Once your permit has been processed, or if we cannot grant your request, you will be notified by email.

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Free after-hours access for selected schools

The Ontario Ministry of Education provides special funding to some school boards for the Priority Schools Initiative. This initiative gives free after-hours access to schools for not-for-profit groups, in the communities that need it most. This is not a universal program and not every school board receives this type of funding. The OCSB is proud to have ten schools participating in this initiative! We also use these funds to provide additional and upgraded sports equipment for use by community groups at no additional cost in the following schools:

Assumption Catholic School St. Elizabeth School
Dr. F.J. McDonald School St. John Paul II School
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School St. Luke School, Ottawa
Prince of Peace School St. Michael School, Ottawa
St. Anthony School St. Rose of Lima School

Contact us

Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2307
Fax: 613-225-0698

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Call us if you are having trouble viewing information on our website or on the E-Base system. We will be happy to speak with you and help you get the information you need. Email us if you need information presented to you in an alternate format. Tell us your name, what information you are looking for, and how to get it to you.