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Ontario Investing $120 Million to Improve Schools in York Region

Province Making Historic School Infrastructure Investment

York Region MPPs Steven Del Duca, Michael Chan, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Reza Moridi and Chris Ballard are pleased to announce that Ontario is investing an additional$41 million in York Region over the next two years to repair and renew schools for a total investment of $120 million to ensure that they continue to be safe and modern places for students to learn.

The funding will enable the York Region District School Board and the 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.

The province is investing an additional $1.1 billion in school infrastructure across the province, which builds on $1.6 billion in existing funding that has been allocated for repairs and renewals over the next two school years, for a total of $2.7 billion.

This investment in school repair and renewal 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.

Giving students the best possible learning environment is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority — growing the economy and creating jobs.

The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history  and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. In addition, the plan is helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

QUOTES

“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.” 

— Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan 

“Curriculum and learning environment are both key to inspiring students and educators to achieve their very best.  I am proud our government is making this historic school infrastructure investment that will support students in Markham-Unionville as they build an educational foundation for future success and prosperity.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“This is fantastic news for students and educators in Richmond Hill because safe and modern schools will improve our youth’s learning experience. Ontario’s publicly funded education system is one of the best in the world, and with this investment, we are ensuring that our facilities are some of the best in the world too.”

- Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill

“Our government continues to support York Region students with significant investments in better schools for better learning. Improving infrastructure enhances local students’ achievement and well-being, and is also a boost for our local economy.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham

“This is an important investment for both the York Region District School Board and  the York Catholic District School Board -- one that affects every student.  I am proud to support a government that knows the value of a good education, and that having better schools creates a better learning environment.”

— Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

“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.”

— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

QUICK FACTS

  • This funding is being allocated to school boards in proportion to their renewal needs. Information about school board allocations will be available in the coming weeks. 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 funding represents an increase in funding for elementary and secondary school renewal of $500 million for the 2015-16 school year and $575 million for the 2016-17 school year.
  • This new 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.

LEARN MORE

Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

Capital investments in education

 For more information, please contact:

Julia Baldesarra
Constituency Assistant for MPP Steven Del Duca
905-893-4428

 

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