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George Bell Arena

George Bell Arena is one of eight indoor ice arenas operated by a board of management. These City boards were established between the early 1950s and early 1970s by the former City of Toronto and Borough of East York as a means of engaging the local community in the decision making for managing these facilities.

Board responsibilities

The mandate of arenas operated by a board of management includes:

  • providing safe, full and equitable access to high quality indoor ice sport recreational facilities and where applicable other recreational facilities (e.g. community rooms, banquet halls)
  • allocating the use of the facility in a fair and equitable manner among local neighbourhood citizens and organizations and user groups, while bearing in mind the need to generate sufficient revenue to operate the facility at the lowest reasonable cost to the City of Toronto and its residents
  • developing proposed ice allocation schedules based on the applications received, and consistent with the targets and requirements set-out in the City's Ice Allocation Policy and the objectives of the Relationship Framework, for approval by the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Term of office

The term of office for public members is four years.


  • Councillor for Ward 5
  • 10 public members
  • 1 non-voting staff member from the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division


In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, public members of an Arena Board of Management should collectively possess:

  • an interest and commitment to volunteering and community development including an understanding of diverse neighbourhoods
  • a range of skills or experience such as fundraising, financial management, sports facility operation, event planning, amateur and children's sports development in the community, managing in the non-profit sector, law, or marketing
  • a majority of members residing in the local area
  • demonstrated knowledge of the programs and activities of the arena
  • a youthful perspective implemented by having at least one member be a young adult aged 18 to 30


The boards are required to meet a minimum of six times a year and at any time at the request of a majority of the members of the board, or at the call of the chair.

The boards generally meet monthly, except during the summer months of June, July and August.


No remuneration is paid to board members.

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The current and historical Appointments for this body.

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Thank you for your interest. Community Council appointed 2 members to the George Bell Arena Board at its May 2024 meeting. Applications are always being accepted for future vacancies and will be kept on file for two years from the date submitted.