The Steering Committee for the Tamil Community Centre is excited to announce that the City of Toronto’s real estate division, CreateTO, is recommending that City Council designate 311 Staines Road as the future location of the Tamil Community Centre and to work with the Steering Committee on a land lease.
CreateTO submitted this recommendation to a sub-committee of City Council today. You can read the report here. This is subject to approval by this sub-committee on October 5, 2020 and by Toronto City Council on October 27, 2020.
For the past year, the Steering Committee has been working closely with the City, the Mayor’s Office, Councillor McKelvie, and other elected officials in the area to secure this piece of land for this project at minimal cost – $1 plus HST.
“The City has been working hand in hand with the entire Tamil community to help find a suitable space for a future community centre,” said Mayor John Tory. “These initiatives take a lot of hard work and dedication to not only find a space but for it come to life. I fully support this effort by our Tamil community and I am confident we can work together to move this centre forward.”
“I am so happy that the City of Toronto is able to provide the Tamil Community Centre with a home at 311 Staines Road through CreateTO,” said Councillor Jennifer McKelvie. “The Tamil-Canadian and greater Scarborough community will benefit from the sport, recreation and cultural programming at the Centre. I look forward to next steps and continuing to work together to make this project a reality.”
311 Staines Road is a surplus property that was purchased by the City of Toronto for the construction of a community centre. However, it has sat vacant for an opportunity like this one. The land is at the centre of where the Tamil community lives in the City of Toronto, the City of Markham, and the Region of Durham. A quick glance at community centres and social services in this area reveal a marked lack of those vital services.
In November 2019, the Steering Committee submitted an application for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program under the Community, Culture, and Recreation Stream for federal and provincial funding for the construction of the community centre. It is expected that the Committee will hear back from the governments before the end of the year.
The Committee will keep the community up to date on the process. In the meantime, please visit www.tamilcentre.ca to find the latest information on the project including results from the online consultation survey tool, and statistics and maps about the Tamil community in the GTA and the need for a community centre in Scarborough.