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 six days a week, except public holidays.

Space is available for use Monday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Ralph Thornton Community Centre and Covid-19

RTCC is doing everything possible to keep the Ralph Thornton Community Centre community – staff, volunteers, and our diverse service users – as safe and healthy as possible as we continue to experience the Covid-19 pandemic, and as our range of services returns closer to pre-pandemic levels.

A Clean Space

RTCC continues to maintain enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  This means:

  • every meeting and program space is thoroughly cleaned between users
  • all high-touch spaces in the building are wiped clean at least four times a day
  • to reduce the risk of airborne transmission, windows remain open throughout the day, regardless of outside temperature, to provide ventilation. Space users may not close or adjust the windows.

Use of Masks

All persons using RTCC are encouraged to wear a mask.

A Distanced Space

To support physical distancing, room capacities have been adjusted.

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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.