Project Part of $500 Million Commitment This Year to Build Modern Classrooms and Create More Child Care Spaces across the Province
ETOBICOKE — The Ontario government is investing $15.9 million to build a new school and create 88 more child care spaces in Etobicoke. This project is part of the government's commitment to invest $12 billion over 10 years in new and existing schools, with over $500 million to be invested this year alone. The funding will help build and expand schools, complete major renovations, and create more child care spaces across the province.
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Centre.
"Ensuring our young people have access to modern classrooms and the best education is absolutely critical to helping them get a good start in life," said Premier Ford. "By building, expanding and renovating our schools, we are creating a learning environment where our students can flourish and chart a path to lifelong success."
The new, cutting-edge classrooms at the Toronto Catholic District School Board's new elementary school will accommodate 600 students at Royal York Road and Eglinton Avenue. The school will be located on the former Toronto District School Board site at 100 Allanhurst Drive, in Etobicoke.
"Now more than ever, our students need modern classrooms," said Minister Lecce. "We are investing in the children of Etobicoke by finally delivering funding for a new Catholic elementary school, so students have modern buildings that support excellence in learning. I want to thank MPP Surma for her strong and unrelenting advocacy for her community, to move this project across the finish line."
"The new Catholic elementary school will be critical in addressing the needs of children and families in Etobicoke Centre" said MPP Surma. "This new school is needed to match the steady population growth that this neighbourhood has been experiencing."
This brand new, modern learning environment will also provide 88 new licensed child care spaces as part of Ontario's commitment to ensure families across the province have access to high quality, affordable child care.
The government has commitment to invest up to $1 billion over five years to create up to 30,000 licensed child care spaces, including up to 10,000 child care spaces in new schools. These new projects will also result in the creation of more jobs in the skilled trades, as over $500 million of major infrastructure projects break ground in 2020-21.
The Ministry of Education reviews all Capital Priorities submissions for eligibility and merit prior to announcing successful projects.
The Ministry is working in partnership with school boards to deliver high-speed Internet to all schools in Ontario, with all high schools having access to broadband by September 2020, and all elementary schools having access by September 2021. As of March 31, 2020, broadband modernization has been completed at 1,983 schools, including 403 Northern schools. Installation is currently in progress at 2,954 schools, including 99 Northern schools.
The Ministry is investing $1.4 billion in renewal funding, which continues to meet the recommended funding level by the Auditor General of Ontario to preserve the condition of Ontario’s school facilities.
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