Ontario building two new secondary schools in Etobicoke

Oct 30 2020, 5:27 pm

The Government of Ontario announced it is investing more than $62.4 million to build two new secondary schools in Etobicoke.

According to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, these new schools will accommodate more than 2,000 students, offering modern classrooms and the latest technology to help ensure the very best learning environment.

These projects are part of the government’s commitment to invest $12 billion over 10 years to build more schools and upgrade existing facilities across the province.

Today’s announcement was made at Bishop Allen Academy by Ford, Stephen Lecce, the Minister of Education, Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, and Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke—Lakeshore.

“By making these investments in education, we are providing our kids with a solid foundation that will set them up for lifelong success,” said Ford. “Our schools are at the heart of our communities. When we invest in our schools, we are investing in our future, and through the construction of projects like these, we will also be contributing to the long-term recovery of our province.”

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) will receive funding from the Capital Priorities Program to create two new secondary schools. This investment includes $36 million for Bishop Allen Academy to build a replacement facility that will support 1,300 students. Funding of $26.4 million will be made available to support the construction of an additional Catholic secondary school in central Etobicoke.

These investments are part of the government’s total commitment of $550 million in 2020-21 to build 20 new schools and eight permanent school additions across the province. These investments will create nearly 16,000 new student learning spaces and 870 new licensed child care spaces.

The province is working with school board partners to identify other priority large-scale school-based capital projects. Today’s announcement continues to build upon the government’s commitment of up to $1 billion over five years to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces, including up to 10,000 spaces in new schools

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