Ontario will be investing an additional $41 million in York Region over the next two years to repair and renew schools.
The investment will enable York Region District School Board and York 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.
Steven Del Duca, MPP, Vaughan, said: “Students and educators deserve safe and modernized places to learn and work. And I’m proud that our government is making a historic investment to repair and renew schools in Vaughan, and all across the province, because ensuring schools are in a state of good repair also supports the academic achievement and well-being of students.”
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, said: “Investing in our schools is one of the most important infrastructure investments we can make for nearly two million students in Ontario. Our government believes in better buildings for better learning and well-being. Making sure schools across the province are in a state of good repair is an essential part of supporting student achievement. The investment announced today is great news for students, educators, communities, and the economy.”
York Region District School Board is receiving more than $25 million, and York Catholic District School Boards is receiving about $16 million. The combined funding for York region brings the province’s total investment in local repair and renewal to $120 million over the next two years.
Overall, the province 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 of investment $2.7 billion.
Repairing and renewing schools in York Region 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.
- 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.
- Since 2003, the province has invested more than $14 billion in school infrastructure, including nearly 760 new schools and more than 735 additions and renovations.
- 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