Use Our Space


What space is available for community or private use at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre?

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is a resource operated for the benefit of communities within our catchment area. We make rooms and equipment available to the community as part of our mission to be a place where “neighbours meet, enjoy programs, exchange support and celebrate special events”, and in keeping with our vision “to be a cornerstone of the neighbourhood that brings together diverse communities”.

Over 200 community groups make use of the Riverdale Auditorium, Betsy Swift Community Kitchen, Multi-Purpose Room, Community Meeting Room, Foundation Room, and Computer Lab for free, discounted, or very reasonable rates.  Visit Our Spaces page to see what space might be right for your next meeting, workshop, party, or special event.

Ralph Thornton Community Centre is open for community use seven days a week, except public holidays.

Space is available for use Monday – Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

You can make arrangements to use the space outside these hours. Please ask for details when you apply for space.


Who can apply to use space?

You can apply as an individual or on behalf of a group or business.

You can apply to use space for a one-off event, or for an event (or program, or meeting) that takes place regularly over a period of time.

Space is available on a first come, first served basis.

An application form for renting our space can be found here.

What does it cost?

Ralph Thornton Community Centre reviews our Space Use policies every two years and updates our fee schedule annually.  You can view our room rates here.

Contact us for information about

  • How to apply to use Ralph Thornton Community Centre space
  • Our fees for renting space
  • If you aren’t sure which type of use your event fits into.