This page is dedicated to information, policies, and procedures around the reopening of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.  Please check back here periodically as this page will be continually updated with new information.

Please check HERE for our operating hours.


The Ralph Thornton Community Centre closed its doors on Friday, March 13, in response to the Provincial state of emergency and the announcement by the City of Toronto that all community centres be closed.  In compliance with the order, the Ralph Thornton  Community Centre, along with the Queen/Saulter branch of Toronto Public Library and the South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre, remained closed to the public.  While the building remained closed, we offered some of our programs remotely.

As the Province has moved Toronto from Stage one, to stage two, and now stage three of the state of emergency, RTCC has moved into the position where City and Provincial guidelines permit us to resume most of our operations, within regulations and guidelines designed to minimize risk of spread of COVID-19.

Phased Reopening Plan

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre has embarked on a phased reopening:

  • Tuesday 8 September – the building reopens for the public access computers in the Lewis Pearsall Exchange Loft and for public washrooms
  • Tuesday 15 September (aligned with the Toronto District School Board reopening) – After School Program restarts
  • Monday 21 September – room rentals available from 10 am to 3 pm

The South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre reopening is tentatively scheduled near the end of September.  Please check HERE for their current information.

The Toronto Public Library Queen/Saulter Branch reopening has not yet been determined.  Please check HERE for their current information.

Mandatory Face Masks

All staff, visitors, and services are required to wear a mask or face covering upon entering and remaining within the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.  The mask or face covering must cover the nose, mouth and chin.

Under the City of Toronto Bylaw 541-2020, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre is required to have a Mask and Face Covering Policy.  Our policy is available HERE.