School season opens; $360 million investment for new buildings

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An investment of nearly $360 million is being made by the province for new and renovated schools opening across Ontario this fall.

Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter was at the new Vista Hills Public School in Waterloo on Tuesday to make the announcement, where students are arriving at the state-of-the-art facility for the first time.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

For the 2016-17 school year, Ontario’s school boards are opening 29 new schools, while an additional 16 schools have undergone major additions and renovations. These modern facilities offer an enhanced learning experience and support student achievement and well-being for generations to come, while strengthening communities throughout Ontario.

Hunter said: “Great schools are the bedrock of Ontario’s publicly funded education system. Our government — working with local school boards — continues to deliver new and improved facilities that support student achievement and well-being with modern amenities and a high-quality learning environment. ”

  • Since 2003, the province has invested more than $14 billion in school infrastructure, including building nearly 760 new schools and more than 735 additions and renovations across Ontario.
  • Ontario 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.
  • Over the next two years, the province is investing $2.7 billion in school repair and renewal.
  • In April 2015, the province announced $120 million in new funding dedicated to building safe, high-quality, licensed child care spaces in schools across the province. So far, $113 million has been allocated, resulting in almost 3,800 new licensed child care spaces coming soon to communities across Ontario.
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Ontario is making 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 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that are helping to keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to – CINEWS

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