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Building Better Places To Learn

McGuinty Government Helping Build New Schools, Creating Jobs

Ministry of Education

Thirty brand new schools will open their doors for the first time when students return to class in September, and another 34 schools have been improved through new additions, renovations or major retrofits. 

In addition, 150 schools across the province are going green with wind turbines, solar walls and other clean technologies and products -- giving students a cleaner, greener and more energy-efficient place to learn.

Investing in students and making schools better places to learn is an important part of the government's Open Ontario plan to strengthen education, which has already led to smaller class sizes, higher test scores and an improved graduation rate. It also creates local economic benefits and supports a stronger, cleaner, greener economy.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $5.4 billion through the Good Places to Learn and Energy Efficiency programs.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has supported the construction of 400 schools and additions and over 17,000 school renewal projects, which include replacing roofs, windows and boilers, are completed or underway.

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“Upgrading and improving school infrastructure around the province is a priority for the McGuinty government. It's part of our Open Ontario plan to create jobs and help more students reach their full potential.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“We are so pleased to be investing in our school infrastructure around the province - in communities large and small. We are helping students, strengthening the province's economy and creating local jobs.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

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