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Monday, June 19, 2017

Ontario Building New Schools and Additions Across Province

Projects Include 460 New Licensed Child Care Spaces

Ontario is investing in new and renovated schools across the province to provide students with the best possible learning environments, and improve access to high-quality, licensed child care for families.

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter was joined by MPP Ted McMeekin at Glen Brae Elementary School in Hamilton today to announce 38 new capital projects in schools across the province to build modern learning environments and improve programming opportunities for students.

This investment in students across Ontario includes:

  • 10 new schools
  • 28 renovations and additions
  • A combined total of 460 new licensed child care spaces for young children and their families.

These projects are part of the largest infrastructure investment in schools, hospitals, public transit, roads and bridges in Ontario's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in new and renovated schools and increasing access to high-quality child care is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts:

  • Ontario is investing $255 million for major school infrastructure projects across the province this year.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested $9.3 billion in capital funding for school boards to support more than 120 new schools and more than 140 additions and renovations.
  • Ontario is helping 100,000 more children aged 0-4 access quality, licensed child care in schools, homes, and communities over the next five years.
  • Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities over the next five years.

Background Information:


Quotes:

"By building the best possible learning environments for our students, we are laying the groundwork for their future success. These new and renovated schools will support the well-being and achievement of students across the province for years to come."

— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

"Creating more licensed child care spaces in Ontario schools is an important part of our renewed vision for the child care and early years system in our province. These new projects will make a real difference in the lives of families and are an important step in laying the foundation for a strong future for our children."

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care

"These new schools and additions will support students and families throughout the Hamilton area. This investment in school infrastructure is an important investment in the future of our thriving community."

— Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Media Contacts:

Richard Francella
Minister’s Office
Richard.Francella@ontario.ca

Heather Irwin
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
Heather.Irwin@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
http://www.ontario.ca/education
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