Ontario Construction Report staff writer
The Ontario government says is investing over $500 million to build 30 new schools and make permanent additions to 15 existing facilities, supporting more than 25,000 student spaces across the province. This investment will also generate nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces to ensure families across the province are able to access child care in their communities.
Details were provided in late July by Premier Doug Ford and education minister Stephen Lecce.
“Our government is making a significant capital investment in our school system,” Ford said in a statement. “By making these smart investments today, we will ensure our students and teachers have access to modern facilities to learn with features like high-speed Internet, accessible ramps and elevators, and air conditioning, while providing parents with access to more licensed child care spaces.”
The government says it is investing over $12 billion in capital grants over 10 years, including over $500 million invested in this year alone to build critical new school capital projects and permanent additions.
These new projects will also result in the creation of new jobs in the skilled trades as over $500 million of major infrastructure projects break ground in short order, the statement says.
“It is unacceptable that too many schools in our province continue to lack the investment that our students deserve,” said Lecce. “That is why this government is making a significant investment to build new schools, to extensively renovate existing schools, and expand access to licensed child care spaces in our province. Our government is modernizing our schools, our curriculum, and the delivery of learning, to ensure students are set up to succeed in an increasingly changing world.”