Ontario investing $550 million to build 20 schools over the next year

Oct 20 2020, 5:17 pm

The Ontario government is investing $550 million to build 20 new schools and eight permanent school additions across the province in 2020-21.

These new projects will create nearly 16,000 new student learning spaces and 870 new licensed child care spaces.

“Our government is doing everything possible to ensure our students can achieve lifelong success,” said Premier Doug Ford.

“That’s why we made a significant commitment to fix our schools and ensure students and staff have access to the best classrooms, with features like modern ventilation systems and high-speed Internet access. During construction, these projects will create hundreds of jobs and contribute significantly to our economic recovery.”

According the province, the government is investing over $12 billion in capital grants over 10 years, including $500 million in 2019-20 and the $550 million for 2020-21.

The new investment builds on the province’s $1 billion commitment over five years to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces, including up to 10,000 spaces in new schools.

“This government firmly believes that all children deserve to learn in state-of-the-art, modern, technologically connected and accessible schools,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

“We will continue to take action to ensure students are safe today and well into the future by approving more new school buildings and permanent additions, and increasing access to child care for working parents.”

In July 2020, the government announced over $500 million to build 30 new schools and 15 permanent additions to existing facilities, along with nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces.

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