An additional $297 million will be invested in Toronto schools over the next two years by the Ontario government to repair and renew buildings in Scarborough and across the city.
The investment will enable Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board to repair roofs, update HVAC units and modernize electrical and plumbing systems. It will also significantly improve more visible elements of schools that impact students’ learning and well-being, including flooring, walls, ceilings, playing fields and more. The Toronto District School Board is receiving more than $257 million, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board about $40 million.
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, said: “Our government continues to support Scarborough students, and students all across Toronto, with significant investments in better schools for better learning. This is an important investment towards local student achievement and well-being — and is a boost to our local economy.”
Scarborough schools will start benefitting from this additional funding right away, including:
- A new roof, elevator installation and exterior wall restorations at Maplewood High School
- Facade restoration, painting and a new chiller at J. B. Tyrrell Senior Public School
- New boilers at Alexander Stirling Public School and St. Martin de Porres Catholic School
- Refinishing of the gym floors at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School.
Total of $1.1 billion in school repairs
In total, Ontario is investing an additional $1.1 billion in school repair and renewal across the province. This builds on $1.6 billion in existing funding over the next two school years, for a total investment of $2.7 billion.
Investing in school repair and renewal in Toronto is part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history – about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
- Since 2003, the province has invested about $175 million into Scarborough schools, including nine new schools and 10 additions and renovations.
- To support transparency in this historic investment, the province will publicly post detailed information regarding the condition and renewal needs of each of Ontario’s 4,900 public schools.
- This new provincewide funding addresses the Auditor General of Ontario’s recommendations in 2015 to increase investment in school renewal to 2.5 per cent of schools’ replacement value and to direct two-thirds of infrastructure investment in schools to renewal over new construction.
- The province is providing school boards with more than $12 billion over 10 years to help build new schools in areas of high growth, improve the condition of existing schools and invest in projects to reduce surplus space through school consolidations.
- Ontario is on track to balance the budget next year, in 2017-18, which will also continue to lower the province’s debt-to-GDP ratio. – CINEWS