The Town of Orangeville has entered into a multi-year agreement with Community Living Dufferin (CLD) to have the agency provide concession service delivery at the recreation centres.

This social enterprise model with the Town’s Community Services Department will provide CLD clients with transferable work skills to enhance long-term employment and enable an expanded snack bar service at Alder Recreation Centre and Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre. CLD currently delivers concession services under similar agreements with the County of Dufferin, Zina Street Courthouse, and Georgian College for food service operations.

Effective August 30, CLD will reopen the concession stand at Alder as “B Social Café”, offering concession services that evening for the Ontario Hockey League exhibition game between the Mississauga Steel Heads and Guelph Storm. The snack bar at Tony Rose will reopen the week of September 2.

Orangeville Council approved the agreement with CLD on August 12, and it runs until December 30, 2022. Current Town of Orangeville concession staff will have the opportunity to work for Community Living Dufferin (CLD) and work in any of their four “B Social Cafes”.

CLD’s directive as a not-for profit agency is to provide persons with disabilities, or disadvantaged individuals, with opportunities to improve their lives while living and working in the Town of Orangeville and the County. Due to new government regulations, CLD was forced to close the operation of the QPAC site in December of 2018, leaving people unemployed.

CLD Executive Director Robert Bingham says that the partnership with the Town of Orangeville is an exciting one. “These two busy locations will offer employment opportunities for individuals supported by our agencies while providing a much needed service to guests visiting the recreation facilities.”