print-logo August 16, 2018

Municipality of Port Hope Relocates Rural Library Branch to Newly Established ‘Community Hub’

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Port Hope, ON

At their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 7, Municipality of Port Hope Council authorized the renaming of the Canton Municipal Office to the Port Hope Community Hub, as renovations are well underway to relocate the rural branch of the Port Hope Public Library this fall.

“Repurposing the Canton Municipal Office, after relocating the Fire and Emergency Administrative Office to Station #1, located at 245 Ontario Street, was a strategic decision to provide more programming and services closer to our rural residents,” explained Greg Burns, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope and a member of the Library Board. “The Port Hope Community Hub will be an ideal space for residents to enjoy a true community gathering place in the rural region of the Municipality.”

The Port Hope Community Hub will integrate the rural branch of the Port Hope Public Library with dedicated programming space for scheduled activities, which will be coordinated by the Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Department. The library will provide free access to books, dvds, and electronic resources for all ages; 24/7 Wi-Fi; free computer use; and various community programming. Renovations are currently underway to accommodate the new library space in the upper portion of the building, which will also include spaces for conversation or study, a children’s area complete with a Lego wall, and a dedicated teen activity space.

Downstairs, the PRC Department will continue to administer social activities for residents, including summer camps, paint nights, and more. The former Council Chambers and downstairs space is also available for residents to reserve, at a nominal fee, to host activities or small events.

Plans to celebrate the grand opening of the Port Hope Community Hub are underway and more details will be shared with the community as they become available.

For updates, please visit the Port Hope Public Library website at or the Municipal website at

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248